Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Keyser Söze

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 37
1
Laois / Re: Laois SFC 2017
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:10:12 AM »
Arles
St Josephs
Portlaoise
Portarlington
Ballylinan

2
Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:46:49 PM »
Good analysis there Merman.
I think Rosenallis should really be in the final, but overall they will be happy enough with their year. Going to be a very competitive grade for the foreseeable!
I don't know where The Harps go from here. How long is it since they won a championship match of any note? 4/5 years?

What happened B/K happens to a lot of teams going for 2 in a row, having won their first. Everything seems to be going swimmingly all year and when they eventually hit a bump on the road the wheels totally fall off. That and the fact that for all of their talent they don't really have any subs! Camross had a much stronger bench. There isn't a lot coming through in the next 3/4 years to make that bench stronger either.

3
Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:45:24 PM »
Clonad I would say. They were going for a long time, but kept hanging on.

Or would you classify Mountrath as a yo-yo team? Senior for roundabout 10 years before going down (I think for 2013 when the championship went to 8 teams.

4
Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:08:28 PM »
Also, major repercussions for the 2018 Senior A championship- two big guns there instead of one for the first time!
Relegation from the Senior championship now becomes a major poisoned chalice!

5
Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:39:00 PM »
I called the Senior well! I should have left it at that!  ;D

6
Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: September 09, 2017, 04:17:26 PM »
From what I know, Burke just isn't bothered. Pity. Himself and Keenan would be some addition to county team. Would make some difference to Camross this time of the year to have had the two of them there too.

On the Senior A semi finals. I'd expect that they will both be tight.

Rosenallis V Colt Gaels is interesting. Colt probably favourites, but the quality of opposition they have faced was desperate. Shanahoe were a no show, and then the Clonaslee game was atrocious by all acccounts. Rosenallis on the other hand have played the two best teams in the competition, holding their own against both. They were impressive in dismantling Mountrath in the quarters in terms of taking scores.
Semi finals are always hard won. It's not going to be a nice evening. Rosenallis know how to win games like this, there is no evidence that Colt do. If it comes down to spirit and hard work I don't think a Gaels team can match a team like Rosenallis.
Going on quality of opposition played to date and a proven ability to win games, I'll go for Rosenallis by 6 with Ronan Murray starring!

Ballyfin Gaels V The Harps is equally interesting. Ballyfin are well set up, organised and play to their strengths. Being out of the football for the last few weeks will also have been a help. The Harps simply have to win, and there is enough of a core of experienced senior hurlers right down the middle to do so. If they stand up and scrap it out, they younger fellas around the fringes are more than good enough to get the scores needed. I expect John Brophy to have a massive influence on this, and I reckon Conor Brophy and Padraig Delaney could end up with decent tallies.
The Harps to come good and win by 7.

7
Laois / Re: Newspaper Items
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:17:33 PM »
Portlaoise footballers spend weekend in France as part of championship preparations
http://www.laoistoday.ie/2017/09/06/portlaoise-footballers-spend-weekend-france/
Now that's how you do it. If the players payed for the trip better again.

It's actually very good thinking if you think about it. Same weekend as the picnic. What would 2/3 days in Stradbally cost you? I'd imagine this didn't cost them anymore. There was never any danger of games clashing with it, considering the weekend that was in it. So flights etc could be booked well in advance.
Great organisation, innovation and dedication. Well done McNulty et al.

8
Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:15:03 PM »
Any verdicts or previews of the Senior Hurling Semi Finals??
Clough Ballacolla & Borris Kilcotton final for me.

I think there will be a "shock" in one of them.

Abbeyleix probably be least favoured of the four. Have lots of hurlers. I presume some of C/B's injuries are beginning to heal. If they can get over this game it'll begin to look like their mid season meltdown was well timed!
Being in semi finals on an almost annual basis has to count for something. Any new team that has come to the top in the last 30 years has had to serve their time in a few semi finals (Rathdowney Errill, Clough Ballacolla, Borris Kilcotton, Castletown, Clonaslee Gaels/Tinnahinch). I like the look of Abbeyleix, but I don't think they are anymore special than the teams above. A final is coming, but I don't think it will be 2017.
Wouldn't be shocked eitherways, but Clough Ballcolla by 6! Hyland to star.

Borris Kilcotton have been on an ominous march all year. Their scoring threat is well flagged, but I think Camross can match it.
Zane, Mark Dowling, Holmes, Andrew & Ciaran Collier, Gilmartin, Mossy Burke all usually score from play. Not to mention Dean Delaney, who I think is criminally under rated. They will have a plan and will suck the life out of the game when necessary. Gearoid Burke is the best centre back in the county, and with Damien Keenan still hurling like a chap beside him and Palmer mopping up ball inside, there is a serious platform there to supply ball.
Borris Kilcotton have enough talent to win any game, but they are surely not as good as the Clough Ballacolla result makes them look?
I'd favour Camross by 4, Ciaran Collier to star.
John Lalor has been having some fairly erratic performances this year- hopefully he is low key on Sunday.



9
Laois / Re: Laois Junior Football Championship 2017
« on: September 05, 2017, 03:52:03 PM »
And no Parkinson didn't, Portlaoise like to keep well up to date with rules & bye laws (sometimes at great expense), you'd imagine they would know the rules around a grading system we have had for about 7/8 years now. Bread and butter stuff.
Wasn't he banned from being a member? Doubt the top table gave two f**ks about him during those years.

I can't imagine not regrading him was a mistake!!


10
Laois / Re: Laois Junior Football Championship 2017
« on: September 05, 2017, 01:15:49 PM »
And how was Tom Kelly allowed to skip Intermediate on his return? No vested interest but Parkinson looks to have got a raw deal

Who was Tom going to play intermediate with?!
And no Parkinson didn't, Portlaoise like to keep well up to date with rules & bye laws (sometimes at great expense), you'd imagine they would know the rules around a grading system we have had for about 7/8 years now. Bread and butter stuff.

11
Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 09:13:54 PM »
I couldn't see it costing a fortune.
You don't get fed etc at any of these tournaments.
A couple of hundred euros for referees, groundsmen etc. I'm sure it's the kind of thing that some semi national company would like to be associated with too.

I think the PR involved and the possible support, feel good factor and interest that would be created by a Laois team competing well (such as the U14s last weekend reaching a semi final) would be worth anything.
Imagine the support that group would have had at a semi final with word spreading on social media, whatsapp groups etc.
Maybe it is a stupid idea, but I think it could be a fantastic PR exercise in promoting a want to hurl with Laois, and a drive to be good enough to do so.

12
Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 03:51:11 PM »
The TF/SW are in memory of Waterford men, so it would probably be hard to get those. Similarly the Arrabawn was the Nenagh Co-op so again I can't imagine that will move.

No reason Laois couldn't find a weekend to run an U14 & u16. Or u13/15 next year.
Enough clubs around within a few minutes drive of Portlaoise to run both the same weekend and have both finals as a double header in OMP on the Sunday.

Highly unlikely you would get the same calibre of teams if you were to run a second u14/16 competition,the Forristal and Arrabawn are seen as the all ireland championships at this level,No harm in the CB breaking the habit of a lifetime and asking to host one of those competitions,ye never know what might happen.

Theres a gap in the market for an all ireland u15 competition as its currently a provincial competition.

You are not going to take over from these tournaments.
But there is no reason Laois couldn't start a tournament and build it up into the second most important weekend!
A one off hosting of either of the them isn't what I'd be aiming for.

13
Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:04:39 PM »
Is it not a problem for the wider GAA same as Dublin was on a smaller scale.
I've bought up this subject many times and no one it seems even want to discuss it.

We spent the whole of last winter discussing amalgamation and the problem rural clubs were having numbers wise, here we have serious numbers just waiting for someone to look after them.
Thats the issue WTF is looking after them. With the best will in the world one club couldn't look after those numbers.
The GAA at national level needs to act in regard to towns in a similar situation to Portlaoise.

I don't think an excessive amount of Laois GAA funds should be allocated to schools in Portlaoise (not at the expense of other schools/clubs anyways).
I'm not saying that Laois GAA don't have a role to play, but the drive/initiative must come from Portlaoise GAA in my opinion.

14
Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:02:10 PM »
The TF/SW are in memory of Waterford men, so it would probably be hard to get those. Similarly the Arrabawn was the Nenagh Co-op so again I can't imagine that will move.

No reason Laois couldn't find a weekend to run an U14 & u16. Or u13/15 next year.
Enough clubs around within a few minutes drive of Portlaoise to run both the same weekend and have both finals as a double header in OMP on the Sunday.

15
Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:56:12 PM »
Correct Clonad regarding the difference playing over two days would make. AFAIK they used to be.

BTW is there any reason Laois (given our Geographic location) couldn't organise u14/16 tournaments of similar prestige?
You have the Fr Brown Avenue and Rathleague a few minutes away from each other. Each capable of holding 2/3 groups and also OMP for finals.
Laois would have a small advantage as the home team too.

Great work from the 14s. Well done.

On the towns issue, Portlaoise with no u14 county player is shocking. But there's the world of difference between being appalled and engaging with the problem. And at the end of the day Portlaoise GAA are going to have to lead this engagement.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 37