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How can we improve underage football ?

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Melvin Gaels won the under 16 13 a side with about 20 players at least, that's not right either

leitrimlad94 (Leitrim) - Posts: 156 - 12/11/2012 19:21:33    1296687

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Mohill won the uender 16 thirteen a side with 25 players is that right

saintly (Leitrim) - Posts: 536 - 12/11/2012 20:29:42    1296739

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HOW did melvin gales win the under 16 thirteen a side when mohill won it yesterday with a panel of 25 players ballinamore had one sub,great effort by ballinamore.

heinekenman (Leitrim) - Posts: 400 - 12/11/2012 20:35:10    1296748

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For some strange reason best known to county board officials we had THREE u16 15-a-side competitions this year and one either 9 a side or 11 a side. Mohill Melvin and manor had big panels. 15 a side ?? Some posters complaining about the amalgamations. Please let me try to reason with yee. Ballinamore for example are loud and vociferous in their complaints. Were they not better off joining up with some club and saving their two u14 lads from having to start midfield against two 16 year olds. A lot of their players were u14 and my point is would lads not be better trying to improve pitted against their own age. They done remarkably well and it is a credit to their trainers how well they performed. However had Keith Beirne being available Mohill would have won by a lot more. All Mohill players that started were out of the u14 age. One u14 came on as a sub. Maybe for the future and for the good of the county, clubs should play the league in whatever numbers they can but it should be compulsory to have a proper 15 a side championship at all grades - like the minor championship. Maybe that in the long run will help our footballers compete at a higher level. Its not all about winning underage for our clubs but being able to head to Pearce Stadium, McHale park or Hyde park in years to come with confidence, not in fear.

badsilage (Leitrim) - Posts: 149 - 13/11/2012 11:28:45    1296870

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I would agree with you silage on the amalgamation

14 years olds 2nd years marking 4th years 16 year olds isn't a great idea

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 13/11/2012 13:03:01    1296929

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Ah here leave it ouhhh lad. After looking at a photo online there and counted 16 players togged for Melvin Gaels.

Hudhastings (Leitrim) - Posts: 87 - 13/11/2012 13:03:03    1296930

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Should all teams that are made up of two teams or more not be playing 15 a side instead of 13 with 14 subs.

heinekenman (Leitrim) - Posts: 400 - 13/11/2012 13:16:31    1296938

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I think the Co. Board decided to have 3 U-16 13 a side championships, A B and C in lieu of a `15 a side championship as no team wanted to play against Mohill's alleged 'Super-Amalgamation' at 15 a side..Melvin Gaels won the 15 a side B with plenty to spare, Manor beat Fenagh comprehensively in the C... it was a flawed year for the whole U16 grade.

Dodgy_Pass (Leitrim) - Posts: 328 - 13/11/2012 13:18:06    1296943

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And in one or two instances on Sunday one lad from SOH just out of u12 level was put marking a county u16 wing half back ! That would improve his confidence greatly !! Posters should check with county board. That was not an amalgamation. Every player is a mohill registered player. And that is a fact

badsilage (Leitrim) - Posts: 149 - 13/11/2012 13:48:50    1296971

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So why are the mohill lads going back to play with cloone.

heinekenman (Leitrim) - Posts: 400 - 13/11/2012 14:04:40    1296981

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bad silage seeing as you are so into facts, heres one, Ballinamore did not object to Mohill amalgamation, check with county board, ballinamore wanted to play at the higher level despite having only 14 players because long term it wants to compete at the highest level where it belongs. it has always looked forward to playing mohill and enjoys a good competitive relationship with the club.

tarasy (Leitrim) - Posts: 12 - 13/11/2012 15:04:55    1297032

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I never said that Ballinamore objected at county board. And i have to keep stressing this, that i (and im sure most football people in Leitrim) would trade in any of these u14, 16 or minor titles so that we can compete as a county. Yes im glad we won on Sunday but in the longer term i hope to see the McGovern lads, Luke Murphy, Keith Keegan, Darren Keegan, Jamie Stenson, Shane McGowan and Kevin Mullen all with leitrim jersies on them. Nobody will be cheering as loud as me. This post should not be about petty point scoring off each other. I started it to see hoew we can improve collectively. And i wont be swayed in my thinking that a strong 15 a side championship with guys of an equal age can only benefit us all.

badsilage (Leitrim) - Posts: 149 - 13/11/2012 15:58:05    1297066

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the best way to improve a player is to have them playing games. therefore clubs should play unjoined! even if a player is playin 9 or 11 a side this still gives them a chance to improve their skills, sitting on a bench watching a 15 a side game wont!

Runningman (Leitrim) - Posts: 16 - 13/11/2012 15:58:46    1297067

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its not about petty point scoring its about having a proper discussion. Ballinamore sees its future in the direction of getting all its players playing to the best of their ability and competing at the highest level that their numbers allows. we have never asked to be put down a division we are happy to compete at the level we are put at, so dont say we were vocifierous in our objections to Mohill. i am merely poitning out what the majoirty of neutrals feel that a 3 club amalgamation albeit it legal is not the way forward for Leitrim football or Mohill football , how can 15 players sitting on a bench improve their football??? it is not the function of clubs to develop players for the coutny it is the function of clubs to develop players first and foremost for the club and if all clubs played their part then the standard would automatically increase. the reality is the standard of play sunday was very high regardless how either team got to the final

tarasy (Leitrim) - Posts: 12 - 13/11/2012 16:39:13    1297117

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How is it good for football when u have twelve or thirteen lads on the line.

heinekenman (Leitrim) - Posts: 400 - 13/11/2012 17:41:34    1297179

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heinekenman, they won 15 a side, there is more than one Under 16 competition grade you know

leitrimlad94 (Leitrim) - Posts: 156 - 13/11/2012 18:22:48    1297207

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U16 champ was all 13aside this year
Graded 'A' 'B' 'C' 'D'
How manor were ever 'C' noone will ever know

SLM (Leitrim) - Posts: 199 - 13/11/2012 19:02:06    1297237

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Sorry leitrimlad94 but last sunday was 13 a side,or were u not at it.

heinekenman (Leitrim) - Posts: 400 - 13/11/2012 20:02:59    1297277

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mohill on their own would put out a far bigger panel than ballinamore, how about join up eslin with other small clubs to make another 15 a side team? Because while at the minute mohill are winning alot but in the long term they will turn away a lot of potentially good footballers

pinkyman (Leitrim) - Posts: 58 - 13/11/2012 20:19:29    1297284

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It makes more sense for Mohill to amalgamate with Aughavas than Mohill you'd have to think...actually a poor reflection on the Cloone club that theyd shift their players off to Mohill just because it's the nearst town club or cause their players attend school there...I know for a fact that clubs like Bornacoola, Cloone, Gortletteragh lost out on young players who currently play for Mohill but live in the aforementioned parishes and only play for them as they went to primary school in Mohill and it probably happens to clubs around other town clubs like Allen Gaels and Glencar-Manor as well.

Dodgy_Pass (Leitrim) - Posts: 328 - 14/11/2012 13:21:56    1297563

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