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Replying To Wmeath2:  "They put up a post with a maroon background, Westmeath crest, picture of Dessie and writing saying he was announced as manager. Looked like something you'd design on Microsoft word in the 90's! A lot of criticism online e.g. "Dessie's first appointment will be a graphic designer" and it was deleted and changed to just a picture of Dessie, after the initial tweet had been shared by many local and national media outlets which makes it worse again that it was then deleted!"
What we need is a big improvement in PR across the board.The website once one of the best is pathetic.Not one underage result.But the best of luck to Dessie and John.Iarmhi abu

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1088 - 23/09/2022 11:55:29    2441631

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The whole PRO side of things has been poor for some time. Tbf it does require a decent amount of admin work and there's probably no one willing to volunteer for it. Even so, maybe there are some students in journalism, communication or marketing that could take up the reigns on a yearly basis. Possible partnership with AIT here?

Aside from this, best of luck to Dessie and the lads. Andy Farrell got the gig with Ireland in similar circumstances when Joe Schmidt stepped away. There were plenty of grumbles about that at the time. Cooney wasn't exactly receiving full backing from everyone here either from day one iirc.

Let's see how Dessie, John and the backroom team do in a year's time.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 143 - 23/09/2022 14:30:04    2441651

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Replying To gedupoutofit:  "The whole PRO side of things has been poor for some time. Tbf it does require a decent amount of admin work and there's probably no one willing to volunteer for it. Even so, maybe there are some students in journalism, communication or marketing that could take up the reigns on a yearly basis. Possible partnership with AIT here?

Aside from this, best of luck to Dessie and the lads. Andy Farrell got the gig with Ireland in similar circumstances when Joe Schmidt stepped away. There were plenty of grumbles about that at the time. Cooney wasn't exactly receiving full backing from everyone here either from day one iirc.

Let's see how Dessie, John and the backroom team do in a year's time."
Agree 100%.
Any whispers on who is coming in with Dessie along with John Keane ?
Some posts earlier speculating about Peter Tormey ?
Hasn't he a year done as selector with Anthony Cunningham at Roscommon and is a work colleague of Dessie at Moate CC ?
During the week Damien Gavin was ratified as U20 manager once again.

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 962 - 23/09/2022 15:46:55    2441658

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Replying To BigSur:  "Agree 100%.
Any whispers on who is coming in with Dessie along with John Keane ?
Some posts earlier speculating about Peter Tormey ?
Hasn't he a year done as selector with Anthony Cunningham at Roscommon and is a work colleague of Dessie at Moate CC ?
During the week Damien Gavin was ratified as U20 manager once again."
Reading Frank Mescalls interview in the examiner this evening about Dessie's appointment it says a high profile coaching appointment will be made. That would leave me to think it won't be Tormey. Dessie would be well connected through his media work so you'd never know who he could bring in. I really can't get my head around Gavin getting another go with the u20's. That age group surely needs freshening up

mintyfresh (Westmeath) - Posts: 161 - 23/09/2022 19:54:11    2441674

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Replying To mickcunningham:  "I'm not bothered just being honest unlike most on this"
Is that young flanagan Martins son ?

Mattyreilly (Westmeath) - Posts: 133 - 24/09/2022 10:42:57    2441693

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Replying To Mattyreilly:  "Is that young flanagan Martins son ?"
No don't think there any relation. Definitely not his son anyways his son Aaron plays for shandonagh

Westmeath213 (Westmeath) - Posts: 263 - 24/09/2022 11:55:00    2441696

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Multy Bun junior final. A badly needed lift for the area

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 932 - 24/09/2022 18:27:58    2441736

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Always good to see the sole clubs contesting junior championships. Just in from Bal and the 2 best teams certainly won. For me Multy are going to comfortably return to the intermediate ranks and should win the final by 6+ points. Yes a local derby and all that but Multy are very strong down the middle and look a much more polished outfit than Bun to be honest. The Downs were poor, particularly in the 2nd half kicking so many wides. Bun in the first game had a great second half with their forwards kicking some great scores from play.
Anyone in Cusack Park today, sounded like 2 good games ??

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 962 - 24/09/2022 19:29:34    2441745

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Killucan certainly had a chance but 11 wides in first half destroyed their chances. Peter Foy a lucky man to stay on field at half time when he appeared to kick a Killucan player twice. A yellow card was an inexplicable decision by the match officials, it was either nothing or a red card. Foy was influential in second half so decision was game changer. Shane Dempsey had a huge second half for Loman's

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 744 - 24/09/2022 20:39:30    2441748

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Killucan certainly had a chance but 11 wides in first half destroyed their chances. Peter Foy a lucky man to stay on field at half time when he appeared to kick a Killucan player twice. A yellow card was an inexplicable decision by the match officials, it was either nothing or a red card. Foy was influential in second half so decision was game changer. Shane Dempsey had a huge second half for Loman's"
That was a major mistake Claretandblue. It certainly impinged on Killucan's hopes, the players are strong enough to recover in time for next years championship!!! Surprised Morley didn't resign over this catastrophe.

Wmeath2 (Westmeath) - Posts: 145 - 25/09/2022 10:16:30    2441765

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Killucan certainly had a chance but 11 wides in first half destroyed their chances. Peter Foy a lucky man to stay on field at half time when he appeared to kick a Killucan player twice. A yellow card was an inexplicable decision by the match officials, it was either nothing or a red card. Foy was influential in second half so decision was game changer. Shane Dempsey had a huge second half for Loman's"
It was nothing incident that Doyle and Foy had at half time. I was right beside it. Certainly not two kicks or anything like it. Foy tried to trip him which was why it was rightly just a yellow! Should have been a yellow for both players! Doyle appeared to slap or graze Foy on the head and that's what started it..

And on the flipside, Doyle shouldn't have been sent off either, Foy made a meal of it and went down in a heap! That should have been a yellow! Championship football, there's nothing in these things. But Foy is a very experienced player, massive player for Lomans that goes under the radar. He was as the game changer in the second half driving forward. Dempsey had been anonymous until the 40th minute but then turned on a masterclass in shooting. All great players have that ability to pull it out of the fire like that. Heslin as always is just a cut above the rest. TJ also a big threat every time he gets on the ball.

Killucan were very impressive, huge credit to them, they ran out of steam from the relentless Lomans. Looking forward to the games today in the park. The Downs to edge it.

Edman78 (Westmeath) - Posts: 41 - 25/09/2022 10:35:16    2441766

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Will be Lomans v Tubberclair in the minor final. Both won their semis by 1 point yesterday, against Moate and Shamrocks. Lomans are also in the u15 ( v Shamrocks or Garrycastle) and u13 ( v Shandonagh) finals. Some going.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 357 - 25/09/2022 11:52:13    2441775

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Replying To Edman78:  "It was nothing incident that Doyle and Foy had at half time. I was right beside it. Certainly not two kicks or anything like it. Foy tried to trip him which was why it was rightly just a yellow! Should have been a yellow for both players! Doyle appeared to slap or graze Foy on the head and that's what started it..

And on the flipside, Doyle shouldn't have been sent off either, Foy made a meal of it and went down in a heap! That should have been a yellow! Championship football, there's nothing in these things. But Foy is a very experienced player, massive player for Lomans that goes under the radar. He was as the game changer in the second half driving forward. Dempsey had been anonymous until the 40th minute but then turned on a masterclass in shooting. All great players have that ability to pull it out of the fire like that. Heslin as always is just a cut above the rest. TJ also a big threat every time he gets on the ball.

Killucan were very impressive, huge credit to them, they ran out of steam from the relentless Lomans. Looking forward to the games today in the park. The Downs to edge it."
Foy is a good player. Highly influential. I wonder is he eligible for WH now. Not sure on his age.

Captainfantastic (Westmeath) - Posts: 25 - 25/09/2022 12:39:53    2441782

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Replying To Captainfantastic:  "Foy is a good player. Highly influential. I wonder is he eligible for WH now. Not sure on his age."
He's 33/34? I'm unsure, but definitely something to consider to strengthen the Westmeath squad. What I do know is that he's living in Mullingar nearly 10 years and his parents are both from Athlone. Fitness isn't a issue that's for sure, although I can only imagine Longford will be keeping a close eye on him after his impact so far on this year's championship. But it's an interesting one. One of the best wing backs I've seen in the county this year.

Edman78 (Westmeath) - Posts: 41 - 25/09/2022 13:02:24    2441785

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Loman's in three division 1 finals at under 13, 15 and 17 is impressive, they're the only club to enter two teams in each of those grades, numbers obviously good and quality also, Tubberclair have made serious progress with their under 17 side, division 1 final and competing at division 2 at under 15 level two years ago. Could be a huge weekend for the club.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 744 - 25/09/2022 14:34:07    2441794

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Loman's in three division 1 finals at under 13, 15 and 17 is impressive, they're the only club to enter two teams in each of those grades, numbers obviously good and quality also, Tubberclair have made serious progress with their under 17 side, division 1 final and competing at division 2 at under 15 level two years ago. Could be a huge weekend for the club."
just as matter of interest - in the gaa is there any forum that publishes the number of members a club has. Now and again I hear rumours of Dublin clubs having more members than the population of Longford! Any numbers for westmeath?

jfd (Westmeath) - Posts: 222 - 25/09/2022 20:50:12    2441844

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Good win for The Downs today. Reacted well to the sending off and played some good direct football. Niall Mitchell and Luke Loughlin were excellent for them. I wonder is their any chance of getting Mitchell in with the county footballers? ; ) Tyrrellspass very fortunate with the goal and only for Ger Egan's scores both from frees and play they wouldn't have been anywhere as close as they were. To only score 3 points in the second half and not score in almost first 20 mins of the half showed how much they were lacking up front. McNicholas looked dangerous early on but didn't get a sniff in the second half. I'd give the Downs a good chance against Lomans. Yesterday Lomans showed the class they have to turn things around the way they did against Killucan. The best two teams are in the final and I wouldn't say too many would dispute that.

A great win for Tubberclaire in intermediate who turned around a 4 point deficit at one point in the first half to win by 7. They scored 8 unanswered points after half time. A great achievement after winning junior only 2 years ago and should be favourites for the final. Shandonagh struggled past Milltown who will be kicking themselves they didn't win in normal time.

mintyfresh (Westmeath) - Posts: 161 - 25/09/2022 21:34:06    2441848

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