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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 12, 2017, 05:12:44 PM »
Maybe too many clubs / not enough players are two sides of the same coin. When clubs amalgamate at various age grades to field teams thats a sign that the player base is self evidently spread too thinly.

To be fair to all concerned, taking a team, sitting on a club committee, indeed organising leagues / competitions as SA do, none of it is easy.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:23:40 AM »


At Juvenile level, which teams are not fielding? visitors can't see pics , please register or login


After one round of games involving all U16 teams, the league was split into two divisions. These are the fixtures / results from Div 2. Two games played in total, involving 3 teams.

Fixtures & Results 2017 - F u16 football 2

F u16 football 2   3 Aug 2017   Rossa   c/g   v   w/o   Gael an tSleibhe Dhuibh         
F u16 football 2   3 Aug 2017   St Johns   c/g   v   w/o   Pearses         
F u16 football 2   10 Aug 2017   St Johns   c/g   v   w/o   St Brigids B         
F u16 football 2   10 Aug 2017   Pearses   ftf   v   w/o   Gael an tSleibhe Dhuibh         
F u16 football 2   17 Aug 2017   St Brigids B   w/o   v   ftf   Pearses         
F u16 football 2   24 Aug 2017   St Brigids B   0-7   v   5-10   Gael an tSleibhe Dhuibh         
F u16 football 2   24 Aug 2017   Rossa   w/o.   v   ftf   Pearses         
F u16 football 2   31 Aug 2017   Gael an tSleibhe Dhuibh   w/o   v   c/g   St Johns         
F u16 football 2   31 Aug 2017   St Brigids B   3-12   v   5-10   Rossa         
F u16 football 2   31 Dec 2017   Rossa      v      St Johns         

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:41:30 AM »
I think time of year would help, more Spring and Autumn games over summer games during the exam period. But even scheduling won't help with the lack of teams, not in the short term anyway. What about taking U16 All County?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:33:05 AM »
Think you are in denial MR2....under-age is at an all time low in S Antrim......have a look at the lack of strength at minor level.....teams from top clubs are poor in the extreme with Rossa and Brigids notable exceptions.

I'm involved with under age football across a couple of age groups in SA. The statement above is too sweeping, there are a number of clubs, alongside Rossa and Brigids who are strong at some age groups, but the overall point is correct. There are some 'top clubs' who ftf on a regular basis at U16 and are very weak at lower age groups. Only St Pauls and Brigids field 2 teams (thats 20 players.....) at U12, only St Brigids run two U16 teams.

Between league and championship this year my U16 (B) team will have played 10 or 11 games, thats not enough. Challenge games can bring the number closer to 20 but still...not enough teams, not enough games.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:11:24 PM »
'I hear...'  ::)

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Antrim / Re: Belfast GAA is dying...
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:29:51 AM »
Clubs unable to field teams. Lack of numbers of boys playing football. Summer is a factor but still, it's not healthy.

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Antrim / Re: Belfast GAA is dying...
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:22:17 PM »
I don't concur with the subject heading on this thread - the GAA in Belfast isn't 'dying' but we aren't in great shape. here's u16 league 'results' from Div 2 of the league since resumption last week.

Not a game played.


F u16 football 2   3 Aug 2017   Rossa           c/g   v   w/o   Gael an tSleibhe Dhuibh         
F u16 football 2   3 Aug 2017   St Johns           c/g   v   w/o   Pearses         
F u16 football 2   10 Aug 2017   St Johns           c/g   v   w/o   St Brigids B         
F u16 football 2   10 Aug 2017   Pearses           ftf   v   w/o   Gael an tSleibhe Dhuibh         
F u16 football 2   17 Aug 2017   St Brigids B   w/o   v   ftf   Pearses         

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 16, 2017, 09:36:48 PM »
I know all these margins are small but looking back at the league, we gave Armagh one of their hardest challenges of all in a no holds barred game. Genuinely could have gone either way. Now after exiting the Ulster championship at the first stage, as did we, they are in the final round of qualifiers with an All Ireland Quarter Final a realistic possibility while our senior footballers are kicking their heels waiting 7 months for a meaningful game. Small margins, big impact.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 25, 2017, 01:17:26 PM »
I can sympathise with your view re that Roscommon game. We were scoreless at half time I think? It was indeed a low point and yet it came after a win v Cavan and an entertaining draw v Fermanagh in a game which featured a Sean McVeigh goal.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:13:15 PM »
Wasn't it Dawson's re appointment? Which was a total botch job whichever way you looked at it.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 19, 2017, 12:39:39 PM »
Well that wee bit of hope didn't last too long....

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2017/0619/883871-substitution-sligo/

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:56:19 AM »
Ao...we would move on to play Meath? CCC or whomever would need to make a quick decision.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 18, 2017, 10:59:59 PM »
😔

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:33:06 AM »
Disappointed with the draw. Fair enough to get Sligo, we beat them in the league, but another away game. 😞

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:05:03 PM »
Lads - a few facts wouldn't go amiss here.....

The Coiste Urraiochta - the fundraising arm of the Coiste Banaiste, which organised last week's lunch and which launched the Saffron Business Network, has agreed a six figure budget per annum with the Devt Squads - covering this year and next - and that is a significant increase on previous budgets allocated to the squads, and is well above a number of other Ulster counties. So while dealing with the inherited debt, investment is also being made on current needs with the focus - rightly in my opinion - on the development squads. Anything else you hear is tittle tattle.

Our teams are provided for now more than any time in the recent past. Don't underestimate how much it costs to run development squads, up to and including minor, at all age grades and in both codes. With respect to our neighbours no other county in Ulster does it.

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