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Replying To TrueBlue35:  "Another handy one coming up despite the optimism of some Meath fans. If Laois could hit a barn door yesterday we could well be talking about different opposition on Sunday week. I'd rate Kildare more highly than Meath based on what I saw yesterday from both sides and predict we will win this one by 12 -16 points without even hitting our straps."
Just goes to show how boring the whole football championship has become.. Time to stop opening Croker for these Leinster games, even the Dublin supporters wont show up and it's on the doorstep..
Yesterday's attendance was embarrassing to all concerned

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 235 - 10/06/2019 13:26:53    2192862

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Replying To waynoI:  "Very good way to describe it, I've got another way of describing it....Nauseating"
Just think of how sick you will be feeling after the Leinster Final.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15383 - 10/06/2019 13:53:43    2192900

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Replying To Belclare:  "Just goes to show how boring the whole football championship has become.. Time to stop opening Croker for these Leinster games, even the Dublin supporters wont show up and it's on the doorstep..
Yesterday's attendance was embarrassing to all concerned"
Agree 36,100 wasn't a great attendance considering there were four counties playing and neither game was on tv. Most people I know now will not bother heading in for Leinster games. Between having kids, the price of the day out between tickets, parking, pints or whatever then a lot of people are saving their Sundays out for the Super 8s and beyond. All of that is down to the fact that the results are never remotely in doubt and the spectacle on show just isn't worth it. I was in the Hogan Stand yesterday and you could hear the players shouting on the field which is a sign of how flat the atmosphere was. The first half was ok but the second half was like watching a training game. Jim Gavin and co can trot out the party line of respecting the opposition and enjoying the challenge but we all know Leinster games are a mere stretching of the legs for this Dublin side now. The results to date prove as much.

TrueBlue35 (Dublin) - Posts: 102 - 10/06/2019 14:10:52    2192920

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Replying To Belclare:  "Just goes to show how boring the whole football championship has become.. Time to stop opening Croker for these Leinster games, even the Dublin supporters wont show up and it's on the doorstep..
Yesterday's attendance was embarrassing to all concerned"
I think it is time for all the other counties to stop blaming Dublin for the apathy of their own supporters. If the game had been played at Parnell Park yesterday many loyal Dublin supporters would have missed out as there was way more at the game than Parnell Park can hold. In addition, the GAA would have lost out on the additional revenue. Why don't you just have a go at the supporters of Kildare, Meath and Laois for their pathetic attendance and lack of decent support for their own teams.

Athcliath63 (Dublin) - Posts: 1 - 10/06/2019 14:12:14    2192921

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I try to be respectful to every county. I am actually a worrier by nature. I was worried before Carlow game and laois game. Before Dublin game I cannot wait. I love Meath v Dublin leinster finals. Yes I know the reality of the situation. I understand what Meath face. But its whats called a rivalry. Yes its one sided rivalry but Meath v Dublin is rivalry the same way Cork and kerry and Tyrone and Armagh are rivalries. All one sided currently. But still rivalries all the same. Rivalries are all about passion and emotions . So for me the build up for Meath v Dublin is all about the passion. I have respect for Dublin. Always admired their manliness. They take their beating they never whinge. They take the belts never whinge just come back twice as hard. Heffernan is an admired figure in Meath. Sure even a Meath great wrote a book about him . He created modern Dublin GAA. Behind Heffernans Dublin of swagger and cockiness is toughness . Thats what admire most about Dublin.

But more then any other county beating Dublin is everything. Its not about the leinster title. Its about beating Dublin. U beat Dublin it means u are a special team. Usually when a county beats the Dubs its with some of ur counties greatest players. Because Dublin have always been the toughest team to beat.

I dont hate Dublin. I dont hate anyone. I actually respect the Dubs and admire some of these traits. And greatly admire their current team. Win 5 in a row they r greatest ever. Many of the Dublin players I really admired over the years like Gerry Hargan Kieth Barr Paul Curran Barney Rock Brian Mullins Paddy Christes Brian Stynes Alan and Bernard Brogan Paul Flynn James Mcarthy jack McCaffrey and Con Callaghan. Great footballers great , Dublin men. But what I hate is losing to Dublin. More then any other county. The same way a Mayoman hates losing to Galway or Tipperary man hates losing to kilkenny or a Cavan hates losing to Monaghan. Its a rivalry. I hate when Meath supporters say we havent a hope we r going to be beating by 15 points. Maybe that will happen. They have many things to back them up. But for me I ain't listening, Im just listening to the comments its mid June the hay is saved the Dubs r bate , it mid June the hay is saved the DUBS ARE BATE. Thats all Im thinking.

Its raw emotions, raw passion. Thats why I love v Meath leinster finals. Yes I know the last leinster final was a awful day for Meath. But I did once see Meath beat Dublin in leinster 8 times and 4 draws in nearly decade . And 7 of those Meath victories over Dublin in a decade were in Meath v Dublin leinster finals. I was their for the 4 games in 91. All miracles we drew and won. Meath beating Dublin has always being a miracle act. Dublin are Manchester United, Meath are Leicester City. It is the most unequal rivalry in Irish sport. Cork and kerry , Tyrone and Armagh, Tipperary and kilkenny, Galway and Mayo are all.similar enough counties in terms of population power resources. Meath and Dublin are definitely not. Yet this average bog standard midlands county has never known its place never bowed to Dublin never tapped its hat to Dublin. Always stood firm always took the fight to Dublin.

Its not just in days in yore its in this decade. We hammered their great team in 2010. And this is 4th Meath v Dublin leinster final in this decade. The rest are Meath v louth , Dublin v Westmeath twice, Dublin v kildare, Dublin v Wexford, Dublin v laois. It still has been the main leinster final pairing in this decade. Yes Dublin have dominated. But we have dominated the rivalry before in 40s 50s 60s 80s and 90s. Dublin are in control now but I am sure one day we will be back in control again. And maybe in two weeks that will be the day.

I cannot explain myself properly. As I said its just pure emotions and pure passion. And we all have a role in Meath. Kilkenny and Tippearey are one our great rivals. In early 90s kilkenny and Tippearey were playing each other more regularly then for a while. On the border there was older man who used to cycle a bike with a hurley tied to the bike. People would ask him why would tie a hurkey to a bike. He wud say its because u never know when u meet a kilkenny fella and u need to be ready at time of day to go to war with kilkenny , one of us go to war with kilkenny we all go to war with kilkenny. So even when he was cycling his bike around the byways of Tipperary he had hurley ready to go to war with kilkenny.

Maybe I am that guy on the bike. Probably sound a bit of lunatic. But I dont care. All I care and will think of for next two weeks is the leinster final. Every day it come closer and every day I will be more excited. Whats wrong with that. Why shouldnt I believe in my county. Why shouldnt I not be fearful of Dublin. Its not against the law to believe in your county. I respect the Dubs , enjoy their supporters company immensely , admire many of their great players and current team but I hate giving into them, I hate throwing in the towel into them even before a ball is kicked. If we lose we lose , but until 3.30 on 23rd I am all about beating Dublin. And no one will change my mind.

I would love to see 15 Meath tear into Dublin like life depended on it on 23rd. Bring the dogs of war. To many teams stand off Dublin are beating before they walk the field. I am not giving in til final whistle. And with man the calibre of Andy McEntee on the line and men the calibre of Donal keoghan on the field, those men wouldnt bend the knee to Dublin eithier.

Im sure I have made no sense above. Again its all.about passion and passion is nothing to with sense or making sense passion it is about achieveing ur dreams, when everyone says it is not possible . So here is mine. It will soon be reality. Believe Royals, believe. The below will make total.sense to the believers in Meath

23rd June 2019 Meath will rock the Dubs and the GAA to its very foundations.
Meath 2 - 14 Dublin 0 - 18
Meath leinster Champions 2019 .

Furlong1949 (Meath) - Posts: 780 - 10/06/2019 15:37:04    2192993

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Replying To waynoI:  "you aren't inconveniencing us, We will have a nice leisurely stress free day out before the real stuff begins in july."
Happy to oblige wayno, keep up the work here lad.

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8136 - 10/06/2019 16:28:16    2193026

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "I try to be respectful to every county. I am actually a worrier by nature. I was worried before Carlow game and laois game. Before Dublin game I cannot wait. I love Meath v Dublin leinster finals. Yes I know the reality of the situation. I understand what Meath face. But its whats called a rivalry. Yes its one sided rivalry but Meath v Dublin is rivalry the same way Cork and kerry and Tyrone and Armagh are rivalries. All one sided currently. But still rivalries all the same. Rivalries are all about passion and emotions . So for me the build up for Meath v Dublin is all about the passion. I have respect for Dublin. Always admired their manliness. They take their beating they never whinge. They take the belts never whinge just come back twice as hard. Heffernan is an admired figure in Meath. Sure even a Meath great wrote a book about him . He created modern Dublin GAA. Behind Heffernans Dublin of swagger and cockiness is toughness . Thats what admire most about Dublin.

But more then any other county beating Dublin is everything. Its not about the leinster title. Its about beating Dublin. U beat Dublin it means u are a special team. Usually when a county beats the Dubs its with some of ur counties greatest players. Because Dublin have always been the toughest team to beat.

I dont hate Dublin. I dont hate anyone. I actually respect the Dubs and admire some of these traits. And greatly admire their current team. Win 5 in a row they r greatest ever. Many of the Dublin players I really admired over the years like Gerry Hargan Kieth Barr Paul Curran Barney Rock Brian Mullins Paddy Christes Brian Stynes Alan and Bernard Brogan Paul Flynn James Mcarthy jack McCaffrey and Con Callaghan. Great footballers great , Dublin men. But what I hate is losing to Dublin. More then any other county. The same way a Mayoman hates losing to Galway or Tipperary man hates losing to kilkenny or a Cavan hates losing to Monaghan. Its a rivalry. I hate when Meath supporters say we havent a hope we r going to be beating by 15 points. Maybe that will happen. They have many things to back them up. But for me I ain't listening, Im just listening to the comments its mid June the hay is saved the Dubs r bate , it mid June the hay is saved the DUBS ARE BATE. Thats all Im thinking.

Its raw emotions, raw passion. Thats why I love v Meath leinster finals. Yes I know the last leinster final was a awful day for Meath. But I did once see Meath beat Dublin in leinster 8 times and 4 draws in nearly decade . And 7 of those Meath victories over Dublin in a decade were in Meath v Dublin leinster finals. I was their for the 4 games in 91. All miracles we drew and won. Meath beating Dublin has always being a miracle act. Dublin are Manchester United, Meath are Leicester City. It is the most unequal rivalry in Irish sport. Cork and kerry , Tyrone and Armagh, Tipperary and kilkenny, Galway and Mayo are all.similar enough counties in terms of population power resources. Meath and Dublin are definitely not. Yet this average bog standard midlands county has never known its place never bowed to Dublin never tapped its hat to Dublin. Always stood firm always took the fight to Dublin.

Its not just in days in yore its in this decade. We hammered their great team in 2010. And this is 4th Meath v Dublin leinster final in this decade. The rest are Meath v louth , Dublin v Westmeath twice, Dublin v kildare, Dublin v Wexford, Dublin v laois. It still has been the main leinster final pairing in this decade. Yes Dublin have dominated. But we have dominated the rivalry before in 40s 50s 60s 80s and 90s. Dublin are in control now but I am sure one day we will be back in control again. And maybe in two weeks that will be the day.

I cannot explain myself properly. As I said its just pure emotions and pure passion. And we all have a role in Meath. Kilkenny and Tippearey are one our great rivals. In early 90s kilkenny and Tippearey were playing each other more regularly then for a while. On the border there was older man who used to cycle a bike with a hurley tied to the bike. People would ask him why would tie a hurkey to a bike. He wud say its because u never know when u meet a kilkenny fella and u need to be ready at time of day to go to war with kilkenny , one of us go to war with kilkenny we all go to war with kilkenny. So even when he was cycling his bike around the byways of Tipperary he had hurley ready to go to war with kilkenny.

Maybe I am that guy on the bike. Probably sound a bit of lunatic. But I dont care. All I care and will think of for next two weeks is the leinster final. Every day it come closer and every day I will be more excited. Whats wrong with that. Why shouldnt I believe in my county. Why shouldnt I not be fearful of Dublin. Its not against the law to believe in your county. I respect the Dubs , enjoy their supporters company immensely , admire many of their great players and current team but I hate giving into them, I hate throwing in the towel into them even before a ball is kicked. If we lose we lose , but until 3.30 on 23rd I am all about beating Dublin. And no one will change my mind.

I would love to see 15 Meath tear into Dublin like life depended on it on 23rd. Bring the dogs of war. To many teams stand off Dublin are beating before they walk the field. I am not giving in til final whistle. And with man the calibre of Andy McEntee on the line and men the calibre of Donal keoghan on the field, those men wouldnt bend the knee to Dublin eithier.

Im sure I have made no sense above. Again its all.about passion and passion is nothing to with sense or making sense passion it is about achieveing ur dreams, when everyone says it is not possible . So here is mine. It will soon be reality. Believe Royals, believe. The below will make total.sense to the believers in Meath

23rd June 2019 Meath will rock the Dubs and the GAA to its very foundations.
Meath 2 - 14 Dublin 0 - 18
Meath leinster Champions 2019 ."
Ain't going to happen!

moros (Roscommon) - Posts: 865 - 10/06/2019 16:42:00    2193040

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Replying To Athcliath63:  "I think it is time for all the other counties to stop blaming Dublin for the apathy of their own supporters. If the game had been played at Parnell Park yesterday many loyal Dublin supporters would have missed out as there was way more at the game than Parnell Park can hold. In addition, the GAA would have lost out on the additional revenue. Why don't you just have a go at the supporters of Kildare, Meath and Laois for their pathetic attendance and lack of decent support for their own teams."
Why would the match be in parnell Park? Your other home ground. That's like suggesting to play it in Newbridge. A fair venue would have been portlaoise and it wouldn't have sold out. 30k wouldn't have attended but at least the venue neutral and fair.

TrueBlue35: "Agree 36,100 wasn't a great attendance considering there were four counties playing and neither game was on tv. Most people I know now will not bother heading in for Leinster games. Between having kids, the price of the day out between tickets, parking, pints or whatever then a lot of people are saving their Sundays out for the Super 8s and beyond. All of that is down to the fact that the results are never remotely in doubt and the spectacle on show just isn't worth it. I was in the Hogan Stand yesterday and you could hear the players shouting on the field which is a sign of how flat the atmosphere was. The first half was ok but the second half was like watching a training game. Jim Gavin and co can trot out the party line of respecting the opposition and enjoying the challenge but we all know Leinster games are a mere stretching of the legs for this Dublin side now. The results to date prove as much."
Never mind the players I could hear the individual fans shouting from the opposite side of the pitch. First time I've ever noticed that.

Are Dublin still playing two super 8 matches in Croker? If so I can't see you having any trouble at all getting into the all Ireland semi.

waynoI: "you aren't inconveniencing us, We will have a nice leisurely stress free day out before the real stuff begins in july."
Why would you pay €25/30 for a leisurely stress free day? Don't you live by the beach, go for a walk and save your money.

The super 8's won't trouble Dublin either and I have my doubts if your semi final or final opponent will either. There's a possibility the real stuff might not begin at all this year.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2476 - 10/06/2019 16:59:54    2193063

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Replying To the_walls:  "That doesn't even make sense. At least it's not bottlers what?

You note I didn't disparage Meath in anyway. I took issue with the particular post and stated why. You on the other hand have just come out with the same tired, cliched guff about Mayo simply on the basis that someone from Mayo posted something you didn't like that wasn't even critical of Meath GAA. Seeing your stuff over the years though, it's not a suprise. You are a grown up, right?"
Ahh I'm only yanking ur chain.
But to Meath posters on here and indeed many from other counties furlong is a legend, his knowledge of not only Meath football, but football in general is something to behold. The man is a genius. And his post certainly wasn't self indulgent. Honestly we could all learn a thing or two from furlong. Read his posts with a open mind.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15383 - 10/06/2019 17:09:04    2193070

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "I try to be respectful to every county. I am actually a worrier by nature. I was worried before Carlow game and laois game. Before Dublin game I cannot wait. I love Meath v Dublin leinster finals. Yes I know the reality of the situation. I understand what Meath face. But its whats called a rivalry. Yes its one sided rivalry but Meath v Dublin is rivalry the same way Cork and kerry and Tyrone and Armagh are rivalries. All one sided currently. But still rivalries all the same. Rivalries are all about passion and emotions . So for me the build up for Meath v Dublin is all about the passion. I have respect for Dublin. Always admired their manliness. They take their beating they never whinge. They take the belts never whinge just come back twice as hard. Heffernan is an admired figure in Meath. Sure even a Meath great wrote a book about him . He created modern Dublin GAA. Behind Heffernans Dublin of swagger and cockiness is toughness . Thats what admire most about Dublin.

But more then any other county beating Dublin is everything. Its not about the leinster title. Its about beating Dublin. U beat Dublin it means u are a special team. Usually when a county beats the Dubs its with some of ur counties greatest players. Because Dublin have always been the toughest team to beat.

I dont hate Dublin. I dont hate anyone. I actually respect the Dubs and admire some of these traits. And greatly admire their current team. Win 5 in a row they r greatest ever. Many of the Dublin players I really admired over the years like Gerry Hargan Kieth Barr Paul Curran Barney Rock Brian Mullins Paddy Christes Brian Stynes Alan and Bernard Brogan Paul Flynn James Mcarthy jack McCaffrey and Con Callaghan. Great footballers great , Dublin men. But what I hate is losing to Dublin. More then any other county. The same way a Mayoman hates losing to Galway or Tipperary man hates losing to kilkenny or a Cavan hates losing to Monaghan. Its a rivalry. I hate when Meath supporters say we havent a hope we r going to be beating by 15 points. Maybe that will happen. They have many things to back them up. But for me I ain't listening, Im just listening to the comments its mid June the hay is saved the Dubs r bate , it mid June the hay is saved the DUBS ARE BATE. Thats all Im thinking.

Its raw emotions, raw passion. Thats why I love v Meath leinster finals. Yes I know the last leinster final was a awful day for Meath. But I did once see Meath beat Dublin in leinster 8 times and 4 draws in nearly decade . And 7 of those Meath victories over Dublin in a decade were in Meath v Dublin leinster finals. I was their for the 4 games in 91. All miracles we drew and won. Meath beating Dublin has always being a miracle act. Dublin are Manchester United, Meath are Leicester City. It is the most unequal rivalry in Irish sport. Cork and kerry , Tyrone and Armagh, Tipperary and kilkenny, Galway and Mayo are all.similar enough counties in terms of population power resources. Meath and Dublin are definitely not. Yet this average bog standard midlands county has never known its place never bowed to Dublin never tapped its hat to Dublin. Always stood firm always took the fight to Dublin.

Its not just in days in yore its in this decade. We hammered their great team in 2010. And this is 4th Meath v Dublin leinster final in this decade. The rest are Meath v louth , Dublin v Westmeath twice, Dublin v kildare, Dublin v Wexford, Dublin v laois. It still has been the main leinster final pairing in this decade. Yes Dublin have dominated. But we have dominated the rivalry before in 40s 50s 60s 80s and 90s. Dublin are in control now but I am sure one day we will be back in control again. And maybe in two weeks that will be the day.

I cannot explain myself properly. As I said its just pure emotions and pure passion. And we all have a role in Meath. Kilkenny and Tippearey are one our great rivals. In early 90s kilkenny and Tippearey were playing each other more regularly then for a while. On the border there was older man who used to cycle a bike with a hurley tied to the bike. People would ask him why would tie a hurkey to a bike. He wud say its because u never know when u meet a kilkenny fella and u need to be ready at time of day to go to war with kilkenny , one of us go to war with kilkenny we all go to war with kilkenny. So even when he was cycling his bike around the byways of Tipperary he had hurley ready to go to war with kilkenny.

Maybe I am that guy on the bike. Probably sound a bit of lunatic. But I dont care. All I care and will think of for next two weeks is the leinster final. Every day it come closer and every day I will be more excited. Whats wrong with that. Why shouldnt I believe in my county. Why shouldnt I not be fearful of Dublin. Its not against the law to believe in your county. I respect the Dubs , enjoy their supporters company immensely , admire many of their great players and current team but I hate giving into them, I hate throwing in the towel into them even before a ball is kicked. If we lose we lose , but until 3.30 on 23rd I am all about beating Dublin. And no one will change my mind.

I would love to see 15 Meath tear into Dublin like life depended on it on 23rd. Bring the dogs of war. To many teams stand off Dublin are beating before they walk the field. I am not giving in til final whistle. And with man the calibre of Andy McEntee on the line and men the calibre of Donal keoghan on the field, those men wouldnt bend the knee to Dublin eithier.

Im sure I have made no sense above. Again its all.about passion and passion is nothing to with sense or making sense passion it is about achieveing ur dreams, when everyone says it is not possible . So here is mine. It will soon be reality. Believe Royals, believe. The below will make total.sense to the believers in Meath

23rd June 2019 Meath will rock the Dubs and the GAA to its very foundations.
Meath 2 - 14 Dublin 0 - 18
Meath leinster Champions 2019 ."
Well said furlong.
Hon the royal

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15383 - 10/06/2019 17:10:13    2193071

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Replying To Jack_Goff:  "Why would the match be in parnell Park? Your other home ground. That's like suggesting to play it in Newbridge. A fair venue would have been portlaoise and it wouldn't have sold out. 30k wouldn't have attended but at least the venue neutral and fair.

TrueBlue35: "Agree 36,100 wasn't a great attendance considering there were four counties playing and neither game was on tv. Most people I know now will not bother heading in for Leinster games. Between having kids, the price of the day out between tickets, parking, pints or whatever then a lot of people are saving their Sundays out for the Super 8s and beyond. All of that is down to the fact that the results are never remotely in doubt and the spectacle on show just isn't worth it. I was in the Hogan Stand yesterday and you could hear the players shouting on the field which is a sign of how flat the atmosphere was. The first half was ok but the second half was like watching a training game. Jim Gavin and co can trot out the party line of respecting the opposition and enjoying the challenge but we all know Leinster games are a mere stretching of the legs for this Dublin side now. The results to date prove as much."
Never mind the players I could hear the individual fans shouting from the opposite side of the pitch. First time I've ever noticed that.

Are Dublin still playing two super 8 matches in Croker? If so I can't see you having any trouble at all getting into the all Ireland semi.

waynoI: "you aren't inconveniencing us, We will have a nice leisurely stress free day out before the real stuff begins in july."
Why would you pay €25/30 for a leisurely stress free day? Don't you live by the beach, go for a walk and save your money.

The super 8's won't trouble Dublin either and I have my doubts if your semi final or final opponent will either. There's a possibility the real stuff might not begin at all this year."
Cause I've loads of money. :)

waynoI (Dublin) - Posts: 13345 - 10/06/2019 18:08:33    2193104

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Replying To Joxer:  "Did you say the same when you were driving to Portlaoise to play Carlow or going into Croker to see your team pummel Laois yesterday? :) It's all relative. It's supporting your county. Some of the point taking yesterday from both counties was outstanding. Clucko's fantastic save from point blank range was almost worth the entrance fee alone. These lads play fantastic football and will go down as the greatest or one of the greatest teams to play the game. Who wouldn't want to see them and tell their grandchildren in years to come that you watched them play. We'll enjoy it while it lasts."
I agree. Was only a bit of tongue in cheek. This Dublin team are phenomenal and can only be admired for the way they play the game. The movement and score taking is a joy to watch. Hopefully the final is a good game and we can make it interesting :)

Meath10 (Meath) - Posts: 83 - 10/06/2019 18:38:47    2193120

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Replying To Furlong1949:  "I try to be respectful to every county. I am actually a worrier by nature. I was worried before Carlow game and laois game. Before Dublin game I cannot wait. I love Meath v Dublin leinster finals. Yes I know the reality of the situation. I understand what Meath face. But its whats called a rivalry. Yes its one sided rivalry but Meath v Dublin is rivalry the same way Cork and kerry and Tyrone and Armagh are rivalries. All one sided currently. But still rivalries all the same. Rivalries are all about passion and emotions . So for me the build up for Meath v Dublin is all about the passion. I have respect for Dublin. Always admired their manliness. They take their beating they never whinge. They take the belts never whinge just come back twice as hard. Heffernan is an admired figure in Meath. Sure even a Meath great wrote a book about him . He created modern Dublin GAA. Behind Heffernans Dublin of swagger and cockiness is toughness . Thats what admire most about Dublin.

But more then any other county beating Dublin is everything. Its not about the leinster title. Its about beating Dublin. U beat Dublin it means u are a special team. Usually when a county beats the Dubs its with some of ur counties greatest players. Because Dublin have always been the toughest team to beat.

I dont hate Dublin. I dont hate anyone. I actually respect the Dubs and admire some of these traits. And greatly admire their current team. Win 5 in a row they r greatest ever. Many of the Dublin players I really admired over the years like Gerry Hargan Kieth Barr Paul Curran Barney Rock Brian Mullins Paddy Christes Brian Stynes Alan and Bernard Brogan Paul Flynn James Mcarthy jack McCaffrey and Con Callaghan. Great footballers great , Dublin men. But what I hate is losing to Dublin. More then any other county. The same way a Mayoman hates losing to Galway or Tipperary man hates losing to kilkenny or a Cavan hates losing to Monaghan. Its a rivalry. I hate when Meath supporters say we havent a hope we r going to be beating by 15 points. Maybe that will happen. They have many things to back them up. But for me I ain't listening, Im just listening to the comments its mid June the hay is saved the Dubs r bate , it mid June the hay is saved the DUBS ARE BATE. Thats all Im thinking.

Its raw emotions, raw passion. Thats why I love v Meath leinster finals. Yes I know the last leinster final was a awful day for Meath. But I did once see Meath beat Dublin in leinster 8 times and 4 draws in nearly decade . And 7 of those Meath victories over Dublin in a decade were in Meath v Dublin leinster finals. I was their for the 4 games in 91. All miracles we drew and won. Meath beating Dublin has always being a miracle act. Dublin are Manchester United, Meath are Leicester City. It is the most unequal rivalry in Irish sport. Cork and kerry , Tyrone and Armagh, Tipperary and kilkenny, Galway and Mayo are all.similar enough counties in terms of population power resources. Meath and Dublin are definitely not. Yet this average bog standard midlands county has never known its place never bowed to Dublin never tapped its hat to Dublin. Always stood firm always took the fight to Dublin.

Its not just in days in yore its in this decade. We hammered their great team in 2010. And this is 4th Meath v Dublin leinster final in this decade. The rest are Meath v louth , Dublin v Westmeath twice, Dublin v kildare, Dublin v Wexford, Dublin v laois. It still has been the main leinster final pairing in this decade. Yes Dublin have dominated. But we have dominated the rivalry before in 40s 50s 60s 80s and 90s. Dublin are in control now but I am sure one day we will be back in control again. And maybe in two weeks that will be the day.

I cannot explain myself properly. As I said its just pure emotions and pure passion. And we all have a role in Meath. Kilkenny and Tippearey are one our great rivals. In early 90s kilkenny and Tippearey were playing each other more regularly then for a while. On the border there was older man who used to cycle a bike with a hurley tied to the bike. People would ask him why would tie a hurkey to a bike. He wud say its because u never know when u meet a kilkenny fella and u need to be ready at time of day to go to war with kilkenny , one of us go to war with kilkenny we all go to war with kilkenny. So even when he was cycling his bike around the byways of Tipperary he had hurley ready to go to war with kilkenny.

Maybe I am that guy on the bike. Probably sound a bit of lunatic. But I dont care. All I care and will think of for next two weeks is the leinster final. Every day it come closer and every day I will be more excited. Whats wrong with that. Why shouldnt I believe in my county. Why shouldnt I not be fearful of Dublin. Its not against the law to believe in your county. I respect the Dubs , enjoy their supporters company immensely , admire many of their great players and current team but I hate giving into them, I hate throwing in the towel into them even before a ball is kicked. If we lose we lose , but until 3.30 on 23rd I am all about beating Dublin. And no one will change my mind.

I would love to see 15 Meath tear into Dublin like life depended on it on 23rd. Bring the dogs of war. To many teams stand off Dublin are beating before they walk the field. I am not giving in til final whistle. And with man the calibre of Andy McEntee on the line and men the calibre of Donal keoghan on the field, those men wouldnt bend the knee to Dublin eithier.

Im sure I have made no sense above. Again its all.about passion and passion is nothing to with sense or making sense passion it is about achieveing ur dreams, when everyone says it is not possible . So here is mine. It will soon be reality. Believe Royals, believe. The below will make total.sense to the believers in Meath

23rd June 2019 Meath will rock the Dubs and the GAA to its very foundations.
Meath 2 - 14 Dublin 0 - 18
Meath leinster Champions 2019 ."
Without a doubt you're the best wordsmith I've seen on this Furlong. Very enjoyable post and yes, I do see exactly what you're saying and only other Meath people could. Meath-Dublin is a very strange rivalry. They couldn't be more different, culture-wise. Meath teams not just in the GAA but in other sports particularly club rugby will tear into Dublin opposition like wild animals, its like a built-in reaction to our bigger, "better" neighbours. Its always a David/Goliath affair with Meath's greatest weapon often being their lack of fear and lack of reprieve and their refusal to just give up without the mother and father of physical battles. Apologies for the analogy on another sport but I needed to make the point. Anyhow Meath GAA players are measured and measure themselves off of their performances against the Dubs. We grow up dreaming of knocking Dublin off their pedestal and letting them know who we are and where we come from and why they shouldn't snicker and turn up their noses to us. So this game has the potential on some level to be a very raw and emotional game. Id be overjoyed to see this Meath team go out and tear lumps out of this Dublin side and go toe-to-toe with them. I personally think we wont win on the face of incredible evidence and circumstance, ie this Dublin team is simply phenomenal. But our team and county is on an upward trajectory and we can dare to dream for the first time in years. Name one county that has pulled off more miracles in this sport than Meath? Ill leave it at that. Im not naive, but Im not a robot either.

Young_gael (Meath) - Posts: 148 - 10/06/2019 18:45:13    2193124

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The state pathologist better be on stand by for this game.
A one sided massacre

dakid (Australia) - Posts: 184 - 10/06/2019 19:01:58    2193138

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A one sided massacre"
Ahh I give dubs some chance. Wouldn't say it will be a massacre, we will beat them but I don't think by that much.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15383 - 10/06/2019 19:42:54    2193155

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Replying To Young_gael:  "Without a doubt you're the best wordsmith I've seen on this Furlong. Very enjoyable post and yes, I do see exactly what you're saying and only other Meath people could. Meath-Dublin is a very strange rivalry. They couldn't be more different, culture-wise. Meath teams not just in the GAA but in other sports particularly club rugby will tear into Dublin opposition like wild animals, its like a built-in reaction to our bigger, "better" neighbours. Its always a David/Goliath affair with Meath's greatest weapon often being their lack of fear and lack of reprieve and their refusal to just give up without the mother and father of physical battles. Apologies for the analogy on another sport but I needed to make the point. Anyhow Meath GAA players are measured and measure themselves off of their performances against the Dubs. We grow up dreaming of knocking Dublin off their pedestal and letting them know who we are and where we come from and why they shouldn't snicker and turn up their noses to us. So this game has the potential on some level to be a very raw and emotional game. Id be overjoyed to see this Meath team go out and tear lumps out of this Dublin side and go toe-to-toe with them. I personally think we wont win on the face of incredible evidence and circumstance, ie this Dublin team is simply phenomenal. But our team and county is on an upward trajectory and we can dare to dream for the first time in years. Name one county that has pulled off more miracles in this sport than Meath? Ill leave it at that. Im not naive, but Im not a robot either."
Great post!!

lilylanger (Kildare) - Posts: 186 - 10/06/2019 19:52:51    2193161

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the GAA lives for its rivalries. i grew up watching the epic battles of the 90s and it was an occasion almost as big as the AI final itself. the problem is that this rivalry has been dead for years now. the GAA really needs a proper contest between these two old enemies if there is to be any light at the end of the tunnel for Leinster football and probably beyond.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 1762 - 10/06/2019 20:12:01    2193173

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Will this crack the 65k Kildare brought in 2017 lads?

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 2370 - 10/06/2019 20:45:49    2193198

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Replying To TheUsername:  "Will this crack the 65k Kildare brought in 2017 lads?"
50k minimum

Could peak close to 60k

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 19131 - 10/06/2019 20:49:50    2193201

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Replying To SaffronDon:  "the GAA lives for its rivalries. i grew up watching the epic battles of the 90s and it was an occasion almost as big as the AI final itself. the problem is that this rivalry has been dead for years now. the GAA really needs a proper contest between these two old enemies if there is to be any light at the end of the tunnel for Leinster football and probably beyond."
Im not one for long-winded overly romantic posts. I know as well as you that this isnt the 90s anymore. Its not as simple as McEntee and the lads who ive really come to admire banging their fists off tables to get ready for a battle. But what I really crave and what the country wants to see is this Dublin team under pressure. I dont know about you but Im sick and tired of watching this Dublin team saunter onto Croke Park and casually go through the motions, slowly suffocating teams without the respective opposition even firing a shot. Im sick of a lacklustre Hill 16 full of high and mighty Dubs who just stand there, full of optimism, watching their precious team win without even having to worry about what the opposition might bring to the table. Im sick of the self indulgence of the same supporters in spite of the collapse of the game nationwide. Im sick of the players winking at each other and smiling at each other because its just too easy, and no one will actually get stuck into them. Im sick of the pundits lording them with praise. I want Meath to be like the Meath of old, throw away all inhibition and get into their faces. Make them earn it. Make them sweat, make them worry. Make the hill actually have an atmosphere again. If they want their five in a row, fine but youll have to run through me first and youll have to do it a dozen times over. Thats what I want to see, not just out of Meath but everyone else. Im tired of hearing about this great Dublin team and how unbeatable they are. The movie "Rocky" comes to mind. Even against insurmountable odds there is no answer for passion and heart, and Its not about beating them or pulling off the miracle, but them having to beat you and them having to work like dogs to prove they are capable. If the final whistle goes and Dublin were shown a thing or two by their useless Leinster neighbours who by the way have nobody to blame but themselves for the state of the province and game, ill be a very proud man indeed. One can dare to dream.

Young_gael (Meath) - Posts: 148 - 10/06/2019 20:55:04    2193206

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