National - Christy Ring 2017

With the first Championship having passed off without much fanfare it's time for the next installment with the kick off of the Christy Ring this weekend.

Saturday:
Down v Roscommon
Carlow v Antrim
Mayo v Kildare

Sunday:
Wicklow v London

With the double elimination format it means a slip up can be afforded so what way do people see it panning out? Ourselves away to Carlow is a tough opening match giving one of us the longer route - Carlow will be gunning for revenge from 3 weeks ago and home advantage has them as slight favourites but if we can be on form and not be wasteful then I have to go for ourselves. In the other games it is hard to look past Down and Kildare on Sat and Wicklow with home advantage on Sun might just squeeze past though London won't give it to them.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts:3407 - 21/04/2017 08:46:51   1981334

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Down and Kildare to win. I'd just about fancy Antrim and Wicklow to win, but you couldn't rule out a draw in either game. Great competition. It will be tight.

Wicklowman (Wicklow) - Posts:957 - 21/04/2017 09:50:46   1981352

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Saturday:
Down v Roscommon: both teams are at a low ebb with the League results being disappointing. Also Down losing out to Armagh in the Ulster Championship can't have raised their expectations of a long summer in the Christy Ring: - Roscommon by 5/6 points.

Carlow v Antrim: The in form player this year for Antrim is out with a leg injury 'Mathew Donnelly' and although Antrim have moved up a gear since they last played Carlow in the league final, Carlow will also have moved up a gear. This match I see as being very close or the flood gates opening and Carlow running away with it. If a close game then the ref could very well decide this one. Having placed great faith in him as a neutral referee over the years he total blew that when refereeing the Schools 'B' final in 2016 when St Louis (Antrim) played the Tipp Town school, my opinion that day was that he handed the match to the Munster lads. On that basis I go for a home win for Carlow by 3/4 points.

Mayo v Kildare: Kildare have shown great improvement this year and with the KK and Limerick players on board its a hard task for Mayo to come away from this match with anything other than a hiding. Mayo who will probably not have Higgins to call upon is another reason for nothing other than a Kildare win. - Kildare by 9/10 points.

Sunday:
Wicklow v London: Wicklow are steadily moving in the right direction in hurling under the new management team, while London are moving in the opposite direction. London will have benefited from playing in the higher division albeit that they didn't put a glove on any of the teams bar Armagh. They may however put Wicklow to the sword and Wicklow's hammering against Meath in the league final will have dented their confidence: London by 6/7 points, I would love to be proved wrong here.

Brian_Coyote (Antrim) - Posts:272 - 21/04/2017 11:48:49   1981408

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Crazy the national league final is on this weekend as well

Completely overshadows the Leinster Round Robin and Christy Ring starting

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts:1380 - 21/04/2017 11:58:46   1981418

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Replying To Brian_Coyote:  "Saturday:
Down v Roscommon: both teams are at a low ebb with the League results being disappointing. Also Down losing out to Armagh in the Ulster Championship can't have raised their expectations of a long summer in the Christy Ring: - Roscommon by 5/6 points.

Carlow v Antrim: The in form player this year for Antrim is out with a leg injury 'Mathew Donnelly' and although Antrim have moved up a gear since they last played Carlow in the league final, Carlow will also have moved up a gear. This match I see as being very close or the flood gates opening and Carlow running away with it. If a close game then the ref could very well decide this one. Having placed great faith in him as a neutral referee over the years he total blew that when refereeing the Schools 'B' final in 2016 when St Louis (Antrim) played the Tipp Town school, my opinion that day was that he handed the match to the Munster lads. On that basis I go for a home win for Carlow by 3/4 points.

Mayo v Kildare: Kildare have shown great improvement this year and with the KK and Limerick players on board its a hard task for Mayo to come away from this match with anything other than a hiding. Mayo who will probably not have Higgins to call upon is another reason for nothing other than a Kildare win. - Kildare by 9/10 points.

Sunday:
Wicklow v London: Wicklow are steadily moving in the right direction in hurling under the new management team, while London are moving in the opposite direction. London will have benefited from playing in the higher division albeit that they didn't put a glove on any of the teams bar Armagh. They may however put Wicklow to the sword and Wicklow's hammering against Meath in the league final will have dented their confidence: London by 6/7 points, I would love to be proved wrong here."
Brian_Coyote Down did beat Roscommon well in the league. I fancy them to do likewise today. Home advantage too. I guess we'll know in a few hours.

Wicklowman (Wicklow) - Posts:957 - 22/04/2017 12:29:45   1981648

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Replying To Brian_Coyote:  "Saturday:
Down v Roscommon: both teams are at a low ebb with the League results being disappointing. Also Down losing out to Armagh in the Ulster Championship can't have raised their expectations of a long summer in the Christy Ring: - Roscommon by 5/6 points.

Carlow v Antrim: The in form player this year for Antrim is out with a leg injury 'Mathew Donnelly' and although Antrim have moved up a gear since they last played Carlow in the league final, Carlow will also have moved up a gear. This match I see as being very close or the flood gates opening and Carlow running away with it. If a close game then the ref could very well decide this one. Having placed great faith in him as a neutral referee over the years he total blew that when refereeing the Schools 'B' final in 2016 when St Louis (Antrim) played the Tipp Town school, my opinion that day was that he handed the match to the Munster lads. On that basis I go for a home win for Carlow by 3/4 points.

Mayo v Kildare: Kildare have shown great improvement this year and with the KK and Limerick players on board its a hard task for Mayo to come away from this match with anything other than a hiding. Mayo who will probably not have Higgins to call upon is another reason for nothing other than a Kildare win. - Kildare by 9/10 points.

Sunday:
Wicklow v London: Wicklow are steadily moving in the right direction in hurling under the new management team, while London are moving in the opposite direction. London will have benefited from playing in the higher division albeit that they didn't put a glove on any of the teams bar Armagh. They may however put Wicklow to the sword and Wicklow's hammering against Meath in the league final will have dented their confidence: London by 6/7 points, I would love to be proved wrong here."
Wasn't too bad with today's predictions. I said Down and Kildare. I said Antrim but couldn't rule out the draw. Antrim AET.

Wicklowman (Wicklow) - Posts:957 - 22/04/2017 18:31:03   1981721

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Yeah went for the 3 winners and knew ourselves and Carlow was going to be a tough close game- thankfully we came out the right side of the contest as never an easy game down there.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts:3407 - 22/04/2017 19:08:01   1981735

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Replying To valley84:  "Crazy the national league final is on this weekend as well

Completely overshadows the Leinster Round Robin and Christy Ring starting"
Tipp and Galway would have been glad of an extra week or two between the semi finals and final too.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts:1960 - 22/04/2017 19:57:48   1981748

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Having mc manus and shiels back this year seems to be having the impact we hoped for. Great result today given we were ahead only once before scoring the winning point
Would be surprised if we don't face carlow again this year mind you.

bumpernut (Antrim) - Posts:1756 - 22/04/2017 20:18:31   1981753

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Replying To bumpernut:  "Having mc manus and shiels back this year seems to be having the impact we hoped for. Great result today given we were ahead only once before scoring the winning point
Would be surprised if we don't face carlow again this year mind you."
Great match today in Carlow. Fair play to Antrim for coming back.

May just see you lads again in a few weeks time.

carlovia (All) - Posts:609 - 22/04/2017 21:06:29   1981765

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Fantastic result for Antrim again, we've certainly had the measure of Carlow this year after a disappointing couple of years. The games are always close though, we're both right about the same level. I expect to meet Carlow again in the final. Very important for Antrim to get back to the Liam McCarthy with Div 1B hurling confirmed for next spring.

M Lyster (Antrim) - Posts:359 - 22/04/2017 21:07:37   1981766

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How many hurling clubs in Carlow???

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts:405 - 22/04/2017 22:37:01   1981780

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Replying To PaudieSull1:  "How many hurling clubs in Carlow???"
5 senior clubs this year but the standard is high.

carlovia (All) - Posts:609 - 22/04/2017 23:04:10   1981792

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Replying To carlovia:  "5 senior clubs this year but the standard is high."
Was it not 6 before?

extranjero (Wexford) - Posts:237 - 23/04/2017 09:46:32   1981814

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Replying To carlovia:  "5 senior clubs this year but the standard is high."
How does a 5 team championship work? One big group, play each other twice, top 2 in the Final would make sense.

We have a few more than 5 in the Wicklow Hurling Championship but some very weak teams in there too. Bray are going for 4 in a row. Glenealy won 4 in a row before that. Carnew gone more football. Kiltegan back in senior but not a force. Eire Og in Greystones is a growth area for hurling, not a traditional setting for the game. St Patrick's in Wicklow are back in senior a few years now. Avondale are middling. That's 7 teams. Trouble is Glenealy or Bray's second teams would probably take Kiltegan and would give St Pats and Avondale a good game.

Wicklowman (Wicklow) - Posts:957 - 23/04/2017 10:01:26   1981820

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Replying To Brian_Coyote:  "Saturday:
Down v Roscommon: both teams are at a low ebb with the League results being disappointing. Also Down losing out to Armagh in the Ulster Championship can't have raised their expectations of a long summer in the Christy Ring: - Roscommon by 5/6 points.

Carlow v Antrim: The in form player this year for Antrim is out with a leg injury 'Mathew Donnelly' and although Antrim have moved up a gear since they last played Carlow in the league final, Carlow will also have moved up a gear. This match I see as being very close or the flood gates opening and Carlow running away with it. If a close game then the ref could very well decide this one. Having placed great faith in him as a neutral referee over the years he total blew that when refereeing the Schools 'B' final in 2016 when St Louis (Antrim) played the Tipp Town school, my opinion that day was that he handed the match to the Munster lads. On that basis I go for a home win for Carlow by 3/4 points.

Mayo v Kildare: Kildare have shown great improvement this year and with the KK and Limerick players on board its a hard task for Mayo to come away from this match with anything other than a hiding. Mayo who will probably not have Higgins to call upon is another reason for nothing other than a Kildare win. - Kildare by 9/10 points.

Sunday:
Wicklow v London: Wicklow are steadily moving in the right direction in hurling under the new management team, while London are moving in the opposite direction. London will have benefited from playing in the higher division albeit that they didn't put a glove on any of the teams bar Armagh. They may however put Wicklow to the sword and Wicklow's hammering against Meath in the league final will have dented their confidence: London by 6/7 points, I would love to be proved wrong here."
Wicklow won by a point at the death. Scenes

Wicklowman (Wicklow) - Posts:957 - 23/04/2017 14:39:53   1981862

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Replying To extranjero:  "Was it not 6 before?"
6 last year but naomh brid pulled out 2matches in.

Think every one of the 5 will play each other and then top 4 in semis.

Then mount leinster rangers play st mullins in the final !

carlovia (All) - Posts:609 - 23/04/2017 15:09:26   1981870

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Replying To Wicklowman:  "[quote=Brian_Coyote:  "Saturday:
Down v Roscommon: both teams are at a low ebb with the League results being disappointing. Also Down losing out to Armagh in the Ulster Championship can't have raised their expectations of a long summer in the Christy Ring: - Roscommon by 5/6 points.

Carlow v Antrim: The in form player this year for Antrim is out with a leg injury 'Mathew Donnelly' and although Antrim have moved up a gear since they last played Carlow in the league final, Carlow will also have moved up a gear. This match I see as being very close or the flood gates opening and Carlow running away with it. If a close game then the ref could very well decide this one. Having placed great faith in him as a neutral referee over the years he total blew that when refereeing the Schools 'B' final in 2016 when St Louis (Antrim) played the Tipp Town school, my opinion that day was that he handed the match to the Munster lads. On that basis I go for a home win for Carlow by 3/4 points.

Mayo v Kildare: Kildare have shown great improvement this year and with the KK and Limerick players on board its a hard task for Mayo to come away from this match with anything other than a hiding. Mayo who will probably not have Higgins to call upon is another reason for nothing other than a Kildare win. - Kildare by 9/10 points.

Sunday:
Wicklow v London: Wicklow are steadily moving in the right direction in hurling under the new management team, while London are moving in the opposite direction. London will have benefited from playing in the higher division albeit that they didn't put a glove on any of the teams bar Armagh. They may however put Wicklow to the sword and Wicklow's hammering against Meath in the league final will have dented their confidence: London by 6/7 points, I would love to be proved wrong here."
Wicklow won by a point at the death. Scenes"]Brilliant result. It's been a good weekend, Antrim minor camogs All Ireland B Champs. Anytime one point win in Carlow, Tyrone winning by a point, Wicklow win, all great results. A bit disappointed that Armagh took a hammering, but good to see Donegal on a high in hurling. Mayo did great too didn't see them getting close to Kildare but two red cards will hurt them in the next round.

Brian_Coyote (Antrim) - Posts:272 - 23/04/2017 15:18:41   1981871

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CONFIRMED Christy Ring Cup Round 2B draw: @Carlow_GAA vs @MayoGAA & @RoscommonGAA vs @LONDAINGAA (CCCC to confirm dates/times/venues)

CONFIRMED Christy Ring Cup Round 2A draw: @AontroimGAA vs @OfficialDownGAA, @KildareGAA vs @wicklowgaa (CCCC to confirm dates/times/venues)

Put in predictions

tippdown (Down) - Posts:38 - 23/04/2017 15:41:50   1981873

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Replying To carlovia:  "6 last year but naomh brid pulled out 2matches in.

Think every one of the 5 will play each other and then top 4 in semis.

Then mount leinster rangers play st mullins in the final !"
Haha! yeah MLR and St Mullins have fairly dominated the last few years, hard to see anyone else coming out on top in Carlow at the moment.
Always a shame to see teams withdraw from championships, especially from senior level, what forced Naomh Brid out? Will they be allowed regroup in intermediate or be forced down to junior?
Hard luck yet again against Antrim aswell, you never know though, maybe ye'll meet them again this year and 3rd time lucky!

extranjero (Wexford) - Posts:237 - 23/04/2017 21:05:34   1981984

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