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Well done, great win against the odds. While I would support the managers decision, and although the win vindicates his decision,, I think it disappointing that the County Board put both the manager and the dual players with a club v county decision. The County knew the hurling game was a relegation match, this could have been rearranged.

galled (Antrim) - Posts: 251 - 21/06/2015 21:50:09    1740543

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Grea win for the lads, be great to get a home draw. What venue would it go to though? Cant think of a club with a big terrcae to take the game.

StillWater2 (Antrim) - Posts: 32 - 22/06/2015 08:08:01    1740559

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Initially I was seriously p!$$ed off at the St Galls lads but as more information comes out it is being said that our county board and the other team were the ones refusing to change the hurling fixture. Can anyone confirm that this is the case? If so out county board have proven they are not fit for purpose (shock). Also if this was the case how much of a fight did Galls put up to have the game moved? And finally if this was the case nice of the hurling opponents to see the bigger picture and agree to move the game in the interests of sporting fairness and the greater good.

Naysayer (Antrim) - Posts: 2071 - 22/06/2015 08:25:30    1740567

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Though just reading Admin on the County website saying that it was the clubs who wanted to play the game on Fri night - hmmmm.

Naysayer (Antrim) - Posts: 2071 - 22/06/2015 08:31:42    1740570

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given the track records of both our county board at messing up fixtures and St.Gall's players choosing club over county it's hardly a big shock that something like this has happened. Does anyone know when this current shower upstairs can be voted out? I'm starting to wonder can people really be so incompetant or is it all deliberate...

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1808 - 22/06/2015 08:54:35    1740588

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So after playing 2 of our last 11 football championship games at home we have finally got a home draw albeit against the team we played a few weeks ago. I say we should take them as far up the county as possible - Creggan have been hosting games and have and must be an option or even the like of Randalstown, Ahoghill or even into the glens at Glenravel (all of whom have excellent facilities) - longer the bus ride for Fermanagh the better I say :)

Naysayer (Antrim) - Posts: 2071 - 22/06/2015 09:21:20    1740617

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FFS apparently another rule in place has us on the road again - this time because Fermanagh beat us already means they have home advantage again - who makes these rules up? Would have been better to have a rule where two teams could not meet again so soon. Surely this rule means that one team by virtue of home advantage can win a game and then by virtue of winning that game with home advantage get the benefit of home advantage again if the same two teams are to meet - Jesus wept!

Naysayer (Antrim) - Posts: 2071 - 22/06/2015 10:12:59    1740671

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Regardless of the venue, surely the ability for antrim to score 2-15 at the weekend will mean they'll try something different. 13 men behind the ball didn't work against Fermanagh first time around - time to throw caution to the wind...

countyman00 (Antrim) - Posts: 60 - 22/06/2015 12:49:47    1740843

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Agree countyman00

Naysayer (Antrim) - Posts: 2071 - 22/06/2015 13:24:40    1740878

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Well done at the weekend. Flying the div 4 flag for us although I think Laois may be gone back a bit all the same. Best of luck in tthe next round.

Mugatay (Leitrim) - Posts: 80 - 22/06/2015 18:30:09    1741149

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http://hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=239698

reading this article on the main site, i wish ulster would have the junior football, seems to be a real springboard for other counties to unearth players, for example a player who is playing div 2 or 3 who never played county minor or 21, would give them a chance of a natural progression. Read a few things about it in Kerry etc and seems to be a real good tool for getting a few good players. i think i remember Antrim winning the all ireland in the hurling one years ago, don't think we play in it anymore though.

the_watcher (Antrim) - Posts: 128 - 23/06/2015 11:36:36    1741433

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Will the 3 St Galls players be playing again this Sunday v Dunloy ?

Given the county management have called off all the div1 and div2 Fball games after tomorrow night they will have no option but to drop them again if they hurl on Sunday.

wondering (Antrim) - Posts: 96 - 23/06/2015 19:14:50    1741785

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They prob will play, and rightly so. Its about the dual club was recognised. If they dont play, the club is been Penalised for having produced County players, that cant be right. My own club has suffered badly over the last few years with this madness.

StillWater2 (Antrim) - Posts: 32 - 24/06/2015 14:25:49    1742122

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Last Friday night Colin Fennelly got injuried in a warm-up match in Nolan Park, two days before Kilkenny played Wexford in the Leinster Championship. If its good enough for Kilkeeny it should be good enough for Antrim.
Antrim's problem is that we want time set aside to prepare for 'BIG' matches as our players are not training at the intensity of a BIG match, Kilkenny don't need to prepare for BIG games, they train as if its an all ireland final they are in and maybe that's what we should be doing.

Brian_Coyote (Antrim) - Posts: 327 - 24/06/2015 15:21:38    1742161

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St Galls won last night in Senior Hurling Div 1. Were the three guys missing? Great result if they were as Portaferry are going nicely this year in Div 1.

Brian_Coyote (Antrim) - Posts: 327 - 25/06/2015 17:53:15    1742718

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Two McGourts played - Burke in America

wondering (Antrim) - Posts: 96 - 26/06/2015 10:01:25    1742920

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Just seen that Burke,McBride and Mc Aleer away to America,hard to keep young lads away from that experience. Fiztsimons isnt getting it easy but he is handling the situations well and with great dignity!!

macca999 (Fermanagh) - Posts: 888 - 26/06/2015 15:42:44    1743170

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Like so many managers before him Fitzy is not getting it easy. However you would expect the Board to help him more with fixtures and a decent rig or two. Hope the management learned from the first game against Fermanagh and do the business next week.

galled (Antrim) - Posts: 251 - 27/06/2015 17:47:12    1743464

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with McBride and McAleer away to Boston they have probably relieved Fitzy of a very difficult decision to make whether to stick with the team who delivered the victory over Laois or reintroduce two players who made themselves unavailable the last day but obviously would add quality to the attack.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1808 - 28/06/2015 15:13:25    1743767

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Not a word about the match yesterday, just shows the apathy in Antrim football at present. We were hopeless yesterday and shipped a much heavier beating than in the Ulster QF against the same opponents. Where was the fight gone from the Laois game? Hard to know where we go from here after another poor Championship campaign.

M Lyster (Antrim) - Posts: 404 - 06/07/2015 18:22:34    1748781

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