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The fact that colm galvin will not play any part in the league i cant see him getting into the team for the first round of the championship. particular when our midfield now looks to be set in stone. championship is hardly the time to experiment with a new position for him. i would like to have seen him get a go at center back during the league.

in relation to ian galvin, i tend to agree with clareman. i would have him as a corner forward rather than a wing forward, he's not someone who is going to win much ball or work back form wing forward. i see him as a pacy score getter. also he failed to impress in a few league games on the wing so i would only have him in the corner.

seadna morey is an unlucky one in all of this. i have always seen seadna as either a corner back or a midfielder. trying him at wing forward was one of the only positional changes which hasnt worked out. and then the midfield positions became locked down and corry has been a serious find at corner back so he wont get in there.

no. 5 between o'halloran and malone is a real 50/50 for me.

clooney, you've forgotten your club man ryan taylor on that bench!

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 04/03/2020 17:29:49    2272227

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "The fact that colm galvin will not play any part in the league i cant see him getting into the team for the first round of the championship. particular when our midfield now looks to be set in stone. championship is hardly the time to experiment with a new position for him. i would like to have seen him get a go at center back during the league.

in relation to ian galvin, i tend to agree with clareman. i would have him as a corner forward rather than a wing forward, he's not someone who is going to win much ball or work back form wing forward. i see him as a pacy score getter. also he failed to impress in a few league games on the wing so i would only have him in the corner.

seadna morey is an unlucky one in all of this. i have always seen seadna as either a corner back or a midfielder. trying him at wing forward was one of the only positional changes which hasnt worked out. and then the midfield positions became locked down and corry has been a serious find at corner back so he wont get in there.

no. 5 between o'halloran and malone is a real 50/50 for me.

clooney, you've forgotten your club man ryan taylor on that bench!"
Dont know where your getting this Malone stuff from. its clear Lohan doesnt fancy him as much as the previous lads did.

no chance he will start over SOH.

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 2024 - 09/03/2020 10:02:52    2272959

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I know I am repeating myself but Galway in Semi & Limerick in Final of league both win league of course
Tipp are great when allowed to express them selves but they are struggling to win their puck outs.

Limerick also look fragile in full back line so hopefully we are not much behind

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 09/03/2020 11:43:11    2272984

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "Dont know where your getting this Malone stuff from. its clear Lohan doesnt fancy him as much as the previous lads did.

no chance he will start over SOH."
Malone was our best player across the championship games last year. I have little doubt about that. after a few years of being wing forward and midfield i think last year we found a position that suits him best!

i would tend to agree that lohan will probably go with o'halloran there. although as i see it there is not much between them and i would probably edge it to malone personally.

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 09/03/2020 15:28:58    2273060

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "Malone was our best player across the championship games last year. I have little doubt about that. after a few years of being wing forward and midfield i think last year we found a position that suits him best!

i would tend to agree that lohan will probably go with o'halloran there. although as i see it there is not much between them and i would probably edge it to malone personally."
Its half backline or nothing for Cathal i think too, he is very honost player and would do a job but O Halloran definately seems to have position at moment.

The Management seem to have settled on positions 1-9 and in forwards Reidy/Conlon/O Donnell & D Fitzgerald seem nailed on as well. 2 spots up for grabs for me Shanagher should start but I feel that Management will always want a high impact sub and Aaron rarely disappoints

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 09/03/2020 17:19:56    2273096

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To play in the half backs, you need to be good on the ball as delivery into the forwards is key. I dont think that is Malones strong point, however he could be used as a stopper or man marker for some games. His workrate, desire and never say die attitude is first class. He can also do a job at wing forward and his point taking for the Bridge improved a lot under Davy for this club last year. He is an option there especially if Lohan wants to go with a hard working 10-12.

SOH has the 5 jersey at the moment but the league semi final will tell a lot. Diarmuid Ryan can go back there and also David Mac if Galvin comes back but as of now our spine fro the summer will be Touhy, Cleary, POC, Mac and Kelly, Reidy and Conlon. With Fitz and one from Ryan, Malone or McMahon as wing forwards, we can play a direct game into SOD, Conlan and Shanagher.

Its a real pity Duggan is away and Shanahan is injured as well as whole Conor McGrath situation. 3 top players who would add greatly to our cause.

On a side note, the last 2 weeks have shown that Flannans have once again started to produce good hurlers and the fact that all the squad are from Clare and indeed, mid Clare, shows the work being done. With Tulla and Scariff in the East and the lads near Limerick going to ARS, there are some fine hurlers coming though. Schools hurling is key to developing players.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 09/03/2020 21:29:04    2273148

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Replying To Clareman:  "To play in the half backs, you need to be good on the ball as delivery into the forwards is key. I dont think that is Malones strong point, however he could be used as a stopper or man marker for some games. His workrate, desire and never say die attitude is first class. He can also do a job at wing forward and his point taking for the Bridge improved a lot under Davy for this club last year. He is an option there especially if Lohan wants to go with a hard working 10-12.

SOH has the 5 jersey at the moment but the league semi final will tell a lot. Diarmuid Ryan can go back there and also David Mac if Galvin comes back but as of now our spine fro the summer will be Touhy, Cleary, POC, Mac and Kelly, Reidy and Conlon. With Fitz and one from Ryan, Malone or McMahon as wing forwards, we can play a direct game into SOD, Conlan and Shanagher.

Its a real pity Duggan is away and Shanahan is injured as well as whole Conor McGrath situation. 3 top players who would add greatly to our cause.

On a side note, the last 2 weeks have shown that Flannans have once again started to produce good hurlers and the fact that all the squad are from Clare and indeed, mid Clare, shows the work being done. With Tulla and Scariff in the East and the lads near Limerick going to ARS, there are some fine hurlers coming though. Schools hurling is key to developing players."
Is Jamie Shanahan injured he seems injury prone i agree with you he would be a big addition great distributor of ball could also have a cut at no 11. Hope that C Galvin returns soon also he will have to work for his place but he is a real gem hardly ever had a bad game.

I hope that we get Galway in Semi as we would have none of the Davy/Brian factor Galway are also very big & physical
it would be some test for Cleary on C Whelan we would know where we are really if we could compete with them.

This years Munster championship will be massively competitive any 3 could come through

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 10/03/2020 10:21:26    2273192

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jamie shanahan is still troubled by a back injury from what ive heard. its been an ongoing problem for him for a number of years.

its a huge pity for him personally and for clare as i think he could be a great option for us as either a no. 6 or no. 11

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 10/03/2020 15:11:24    2273242

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john conlon apparantly has picked up a knee injury in training which could turn out to be quiet a serious injury. fingers crossed that its not as significant an injury as feared.

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 12/03/2020 10:56:25    2273522

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "john conlon apparantly has picked up a knee injury in training which could turn out to be quiet a serious injury. fingers crossed that its not as significant an injury as feared."
Oh Man that would be a serious loss he is struggling to come back to form a little anyway needs game time before Championship a serious hurler

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 12/03/2020 12:11:51    2273539

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "john conlon apparantly has picked up a knee injury in training which could turn out to be quiet a serious injury. fingers crossed that its not as significant an injury as feared."
Oh Man that would be a serious loss he is struggling to come back to form a little anyway needs game time before Championship a serious hurler

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 12/03/2020 12:21:33    2273543

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Conlan is gone for the year, cruciate. Best of luck to him with recovery. Those 4G pitches are unforgiving.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 16/03/2020 11:41:31    2273966

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Replying To Clareman:  "Conlan is gone for the year, cruciate. Best of luck to him with recovery. Those 4G pitches are unforgiving."
Awful news what a loss our Captain as well will have to get Peter Duggan home

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 16/03/2020 15:07:18    2273991

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Replying To clooney:  "Awful news what a loss our Captain as well will have to get Peter Duggan home"
Sorry to hear this, a very fine hurler (although he was often a pain in the neck for us)

Oldertourman (Limerick) - Posts: 162 - 16/03/2020 18:41:51    2274018

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Replying To Oldertourman:  "Sorry to hear this, a very fine hurler (although he was often a pain in the neck for us)"
Thank you Olderman for your kind thoughts like all good GAA people you want the best for players

Cheers

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 19/03/2020 08:48:36    2274074

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Replying To Oldertourman:  "Sorry to hear this, a very fine hurler (although he was often a pain in the neck for us)"
His battle with Sean Finn last year was immense. Finn got better of him in the end but it was proper manly stuff. Even when Clare were getting hammered he fought, won ball and drew frees. Physically and mentally he had a tough year in 2019 and this is another kick in the teeth but he will bounce back.

Health is wealth overall though as we are seeing at the moment in the real world. Hurling will return but lets hope everyone stays as safe as they can in months ahead. Bí curamach.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 21/03/2020 11:43:24    2274228

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So we finally have a fixture. Playing limerick in the munster quarter final in a game which will double up as the league final. To be played on October 25th.

Probably the toughest draw we couldve gotten. Limerick have been All Ireland favourites for this year. It would have been tough enough in normal circumstances, but without Conlon and Duggan we will be massive underdogs

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 26/06/2020 19:05:21    2281923

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "So we finally have a fixture. Playing limerick in the munster quarter final in a game which will double up as the league final. To be played on October 25th.

Probably the toughest draw we couldve gotten. Limerick have been All Ireland favourites for this year. It would have been tough enough in normal circumstances, but without Conlon and Duggan we will be massive underdogs"
Donal Og says we will have John & Peter for game { wouldent you think he would have his facts right]

its a massive challenge no doubt but a big prize on offer we have a settled team but there is no doubt that Limerick will be overwlelming favourites we can only do our best I suppose.

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 29/06/2020 08:59:16    2282199

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Replying To MiAmigaVERONICA:  "
Replying To clooney:  "Donal Og says we will have John & Peter for game { wouldent you think he would have his facts right


its a massive challenge no doubt but a big prize on offer we have a settled team but there is no doubt that Limerick will be overwlelming favourites we can only do our best I suppose."
Being available and being ready for a starting position might be two different things. Normally you would except not only Conlon and Duggan but also Colm Galvin and David Fitzgerald (in the centre forward position that he has slotted so well into in his few games there under Lohan) to be practically automatic choices to begin games, but it wouldn't surprise me if only Fitzgerald of these four gets a start against Limerick. Yes, he missed the last couple of games but he had laid down a considerable marker in those he played for a somewhat problematic position (in fact,he took to the position like a duck to water). Before his injury, Conlon was in lacklustre form, and cruciate is a bloody hard injury to come back from. Even if he is fit I think he might only get a bench place. Likewise Duggan has been long away from the action. Personally, I would like to see a front six starting of Ryan (well capable of laying down a substantial marker), Fitzgerald, Reidy, O Donnell, Shanagher (ready to come of age), and Cunningham (but Lohan seems to prefer Ryan Taylor here), with Duggan, Conlon, Ian Galvin and Podge ready to shake things up when necessary. If Colm Galvin were to start whose place would he be challenging? My guess would be most likely Stephen O Halloran - but Stephen has done well so far so he probably should be given his long overdue place in a championship team. In fairness, that would leave Clare with some bench. I feel we are still very threadbare at the back, especially for the quality of the Limerick attack, but I still would not write us off in this game."]Fitzgerald looked promising at centre forward, he has all the attributes to make that position his own. He needs to impose himself on the game a bit more though. He's a big lad, he should be bouncing lads out of his way.

Not sure about Cunningham, don't think he'd do too well against a team like Limerick with there work rate and high intensity. Think Taylor would be more suited to it.

Dec82 (Clare) - Posts: 242 - 29/06/2020 23:52:27    2282328

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Replying To Dec82:  "
Replying To MiAmigaVERONICA:  "[quote=clooney:  "Donal Og says we will have John & Peter for game { wouldent you think he would have his facts right


its a massive challenge no doubt but a big prize on offer we have a settled team but there is no doubt that Limerick will be overwlelming favourites we can only do our best I suppose."
Being available and being ready for a starting position might be two different things. Normally you would except not only Conlon and Duggan but also Colm Galvin and David Fitzgerald (in the centre forward position that he has slotted so well into in his few games there under Lohan) to be practically automatic choices to begin games, but it wouldn't surprise me if only Fitzgerald of these four gets a start against Limerick. Yes, he missed the last couple of games but he had laid down a considerable marker in those he played for a somewhat problematic position (in fact,he took to the position like a duck to water). Before his injury, Conlon was in lacklustre form, and cruciate is a bloody hard injury to come back from. Even if he is fit I think he might only get a bench place. Likewise Duggan has been long away from the action. Personally, I would like to see a front six starting of Ryan (well capable of laying down a substantial marker), Fitzgerald, Reidy, O Donnell, Shanagher (ready to come of age), and Cunningham (but Lohan seems to prefer Ryan Taylor here), with Duggan, Conlon, Ian Galvin and Podge ready to shake things up when necessary. If Colm Galvin were to start whose place would he be challenging? My guess would be most likely Stephen O Halloran - but Stephen has done well so far so he probably should be given his long overdue place in a championship team. In fairness, that would leave Clare with some bench. I feel we are still very threadbare at the back, especially for the quality of the Limerick attack, but I still would not write us off in this game."]Fitzgerald looked promising at centre forward, he has all the attributes to make that position his own. He needs to impose himself on the game a bit more though. He's a big lad, he should be bouncing lads out of his way.

Not sure about Cunningham, don't think he'd do too well against a team like Limerick with there work rate and high intensity. Think Taylor would be more suited to it."]John Conlon will hardly be fit before the Spring of 2021 and there is no indication that Peter Duggan will be home he'd hardly be ready anyway being away so long so Lohan will have to go with players he used is B League.

The lads he brought in did fine but there was very few real tests in that side of the league.

Id say Brian L is a pragmatist and will know that to even compete with Limerick you need big strong men So Fitzgerald Guilfoyle Dhanagher and Moloney would have to start { SOD & Reidy will play too }

If Colm galvin is fit he has to start too good a player.

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 583 - 30/06/2020 10:58:55    2282349

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