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Dub Hurlers under Gilroy

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Pat seems to be getting a lot of the old brigade back. Are Dub hurling fans optimistic about the season ahead?

keeper7 (Longford) - 12/01/2018 17:55:25    2067999

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It's looking very good with the likes of Sutcliffe, Carton, Paul Ryan coming back (and of course Keaney coming out of retirement to add a bit of leadership)

Still think Gilroy needs at least a year like he did with the footballers to fix the mess from the last 4 or so years, good league campaign and a top 3 finish in the Leinster group would be a very good start

Hill16Army (Dublin) - 12/01/2018 18:10:44    2068001

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Dublin will be aiming for promotion to Div 1A, along with favourites Galway, and Limerick. They will be competitive in the Leinster SHC round robin with the Cuala players.

thelongridge (Offaly) - 12/01/2018 18:20:44    2068007

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Replying To Hill16Army:  "It's looking very good with the likes of Sutcliffe, Carton, Paul Ryan coming back (and of course Keaney coming out of retirement to add a bit of leadership)

Still think Gilroy needs at least a year like he did with the footballers to fix the mess from the last 4 or so years, good league campaign and a top 3 finish in the Leinster group would be a very good start"
Carton & Paul Ryan are back? That's good news. I think Keaney is probably well past his best but fantastic player in his day.

keeper7 (Longford) - 12/01/2018 19:54:21    2068029

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Its great to see these players back in the fold, but a lot of them have been out of inter county hurling for 2 years. That's a big gap at this level, and they're not getting any younger. That said it will strengthen the squad. Hopefully the Dubs can reclaim some ground going forward this year.

Bon (Kildare) - 12/01/2018 20:49:27    2068039

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Replying To keeper7:  "Carton & Paul Ryan are back? That's good news. I think Keaney is probably well past his best but fantastic player in his day."
Woops sorry completely misread what i was reading earlier nothing on Carton or Ryan, got a bit excited there!

Hill16Army (Dublin) - 12/01/2018 22:37:23    2068065

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Replying To Hill16Army:  "Woops sorry completely misread what i was reading earlier nothing on Carton or Ryan, got a bit excited there!"
They are 2 players I'd like to see back.

keeper7 (Longford) - 12/01/2018 23:59:47    2068078

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Promotion would be good but hugely important 1b is plenty competitive and currently Dublin's level anyway

Championship year 1 under Gilroy and co would be a big success just to reach Leinster final / quarter final

It'll take a while but Dublin have a good panel and hopefully the management can put together a structure that brings out the best in them

jimbodub (Dublin) - 13/01/2018 18:04:59    2068139

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Bringing Sutcliffe back is a no brainer as he is one of the best hurlers in the country. I don't see the older lads like McCaffrey, Kelly, Keaney and Alan Moore getting much game time later on but they will provide plenty of guidance and leadership to the young players. The young players (some were just out of minor) really suffered last year after that mass exodus but most of them are back now and with the Cuala lads still to come in I think they will be hard beaten in the summer.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - 15/01/2018 17:04:51    2068534

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Bringing Sutcliffe back is a no brainer as he is one of the best hurlers in the country. I don't see the older lads like McCaffrey, Kelly, Keaney and Alan Moore getting much game time later on but they will provide plenty of guidance and leadership to the young players. The young players (some were just out of minor) really suffered last year after that mass exodus but most of them are back now and with the Cuala lads still to come in I think they will be hard beaten in the summer."
In fairness McCaffrey is only 30 and Kelly is younger again.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 15/01/2018 17:15:26    2068536

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Replying To MesAmis:  "In fairness McCaffrey is only 30 and Kelly is younger again."
Ok, I thought they would be a few years older.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - 15/01/2018 17:19:31    2068538

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Ok, I thought they would be a few years older."
What ever happened to McCrabbe?

LooseCannon (Offaly) - 15/01/2018 17:24:24    2068539

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Replying To LooseCannon:  "What ever happened to McCrabbe?"
He opted out back in 2015 under Cunningham due to work.

He's still only 31 but no interest in inter-county hurling anymore afaik.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 15/01/2018 19:21:34    2068561

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Replying To MesAmis:  "He opted out back in 2015 under Cunningham due to work.

He's still only 31 but no interest in inter-county hurling anymore afaik."
Does he still line out for Craobh Chiarain? A smashing hurler.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - 17/01/2018 12:21:35    2068846

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Does he still line out for Craobh Chiarain? A smashing hurler."
Yeah still hurling away.

Had one of his best seasons in 2016. Unmarkable at times.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 17/01/2018 13:09:37    2068860

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Does he still line out for Craobh Chiarain? A smashing hurler."
31?? Seems like he's been around for ever, awful pity he packed it in, a genuine talent , skill to burn.

Bon (Kildare) - 18/01/2018 20:26:17    2069167

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