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Pre Season Winter Tournaments, Time To Go?

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A bit early for Declan Bonner to be playing the poor mouth. Last weekend we were down on 18 players from last summers championship panel and this weekend we'll likely have to play with a even weaker hand that includes our 5th choice keeper.

Donegal have a bigger pick than us and previously Donegal played their u21 team in the McKenna Cup. I would suggest than Bonner should get on with it

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 2716 - 09/01/2020 16:03:49    2258451

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Replying To The_analyser:  "A bit early for Declan Bonner to be playing the poor mouth. Last weekend we were down on 18 players from last summers championship panel and this weekend we'll likely have to play with a even weaker hand that includes our 5th choice keeper.

Donegal have a bigger pick than us and previously Donegal played their u21 team in the McKenna Cup. I would suggest than Bonner should get on with it"
As regards the above suggestion, I was in Limerick last night and saw two fine games, where several fringe players on all four teams got the change to showcase their talents. A number of new faces, especially on the LK Football team, certainly put up their hands. No need at all INMHO for these competition to go.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 2394 - 12/01/2020 20:36:00    2259215

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Over 7,000 punters in MacHale Park yesterday for a very entertaining game, finished 1-17 each with Galway going through on pennos.

I'd echo the posters calling for the National League to be put back, there's no good reason that the National League should be starting in January, a month which frequently sees 100 km/hour winds hitting Ireland's coasts, driving rain and terrible pitches. I'd recommend putting the league back a month, allowing the pre-season competitions to take place in early Feb and the NFL/NHL to go to late Feb/early March.

At present, we have a long lag between the end of the league and beginning of the championship, whereby some teams will have a layoff of two months or more before their opening championship tie. This is excessive IMO and does nothing for the promotion of the championship.

There's nothing wrong with the pre-season competitions that some (yet more) tweaking of the calendar wouldn't fix. In Connacht anyway the FBD has become a straight knockout, having previously been played off as a league competition.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1796 - 13/01/2020 10:57:39    2259335

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Replying To Gleebo:  "Over 7,000 punters in MacHale Park yesterday for a very entertaining game, finished 1-17 each with Galway going through on pennos.

I'd echo the posters calling for the National League to be put back, there's no good reason that the National League should be starting in January, a month which frequently sees 100 km/hour winds hitting Ireland's coasts, driving rain and terrible pitches. I'd recommend putting the league back a month, allowing the pre-season competitions to take place in early Feb and the NFL/NHL to go to late Feb/early March.

At present, we have a long lag between the end of the league and beginning of the championship, whereby some teams will have a layoff of two months or more before their opening championship tie. This is excessive IMO and does nothing for the promotion of the championship.

There's nothing wrong with the pre-season competitions that some (yet more) tweaking of the calendar wouldn't fix. In Connacht anyway the FBD has become a straight knockout, having previously been played off as a league competition."
Jeepers thats some crowd for an FBD game, fair play to all involved.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3411 - 13/01/2020 11:49:33    2259351

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Teams need friendlies. Tyrone always try players out in McKenna Cup, very often in front of good crowds. I see these matches as competitive friendlies. I don't attend them often and save myself for the league.

OGarmaile (Tyrone) - Posts: 219 - 14/01/2020 10:41:58    2259647

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