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Replying To peiledoir20:  "It was in 2011 and two weeks before the Donegal Derry Ulster Final. It was an all in 30+ man melee. Murphy (being mindful of the upcoming Ulster Final) tried to get Leo out of it but he didn't listen and ended up with a broken jaw and subsequently missed the Ulster Final. My abiding memory of that day was Murphy walking away from the on field chaos and being applauded by all spectators as he walked towards the dressing rooms. Class is permanent as they say."
Yes you are right. Murphy has always carried himself very well.
That kind of carryon is terrible to see. There are plenty of boxing rings around the county if lads are brave enough to step inside them. Nothing worse than a cowardly dig thrown at someone in the middle of a melee resulting in serious injury.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 06/10/2021 15:31:15    2384629

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QF and relegation draw on after the games on Saturday afternoon I see.

Going to call the final/top 8 as Kilcar, GD, Glenties, Eunans, (a given) St. Michaels, Aodh Ruadh, Glenfin and St. Nauls. Can't see Glenswilly beating Glenties while the teams below them will win.

TG4 down to broadcast a QF the Bank Holiday weekend so hopefully it's a decent game.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 96 - 07/10/2021 17:44:24    2384800

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "QF and relegation draw on after the games on Saturday afternoon I see.

Going to call the final/top 8 as Kilcar, GD, Glenties, Eunans, (a given) St. Michaels, Aodh Ruadh, Glenfin and St. Nauls. Can't see Glenswilly beating Glenties while the teams below them will win.

TG4 down to broadcast a QF the Bank Holiday weekend so hopefully it's a decent game."
Hi peiledoir20: have you studied the table and the points difference of each team especially Glenfin and Sean Mac Cumhaills? Don't rule Glenswilly out, strange things can happen in the Glen

AudiMan (Donegal) - Posts: 527 - 08/10/2021 12:41:00    2384892

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Not really about the Donegal championship but glad to see Langan get recognised with an All-Star nomination.

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 1230 - 08/10/2021 12:46:43    2384894

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Replying To AudiMan:  "Hi peiledoir20: have you studied the table and the points difference of each team especially Glenfin and Sean Mac Cumhaills? Don't rule Glenswilly out, strange things can happen in the Glen"
Agreed. Glenswilly are a proud club with tough players. They will need no extra motivation to give Naomh Conaill a bloody nose and seal their own QF place in the process.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 09/10/2021 11:50:22    2384989

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Replying To AudiMan:  "Hi peiledoir20: have you studied the table and the points difference of each team especially Glenfin and Sean Mac Cumhaills? Don't rule Glenswilly out, strange things can happen in the Glen"
As a team in huge transition and even with Murphy in the engine room, it was always going to take a monumental effort for GS to overcome Glenties. Granted they weren't far away but it is the slip up against St. Nauls that GS will be kicking themselves about. A win or even a draw there would have guaranteed QF spot.

Speaking of which, did anyone see the interview with the two St. Nauls players after their game on Saturday? Having read back the reports they were referring to I still can't see what their gripe is??

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 96 - 11/10/2021 08:32:21    2385179

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "As a team in huge transition and even with Murphy in the engine room, it was always going to take a monumental effort for GS to overcome Glenties. Granted they weren't far away but it is the slip up against St. Nauls that GS will be kicking themselves about. A win or even a draw there would have guaranteed QF spot.

Speaking of which, did anyone see the interview with the two St. Nauls players after their game on Saturday? Having read back the reports they were referring to I still can't see what their gripe is??"
I think the gist of their gripe was that the narrative in the media outlets after the match was that Glenswilly had squandered a great chance to get to the quarter finals by not seeing the St. Nauls game out. Thus they then ended up needing a result against Glenties last Saturday...

St. Nauls maybe felt a wee bit disrespected in that they never gave in, fought to the final whistle etc & got their goal to win it. They didn't get the credit they felt they deserved & it was all about Glenswilly...

Good management by Gallagher & McCready. They probably put in into the players heads that they were disrespected etc, so they went up and pumped Milford then so as to leave noone in any doubt that they were fully deserving of their QF berth and not Glenswilly

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 11/10/2021 15:36:54    2385259

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Eunans must be licking their lips at this stage in the championship. Now don't get me wrong I don't think they will cruise to the final but they must be thinking this is their best chance since 2015.

I said a couple weeks ago we would lose a top four team in the QF and thats how it has panned out. NC have seemed to have gone slightly backwards since the final against Kilcar and I would be very worried going into the game with Gweedore.

In my opinion I think it will be a Kilcar v Eunans final with Kilcar coming out on top by at most 3 points.

naomh_conaill_4 (Donegal) - Posts: 408 - 12/10/2021 09:07:52    2385306

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St Nauls were kept in the game against glenswilly by some very soft frees in the first half - some bordered on the ridiculous. This was picked up on after the game by print and broadcast media. And also - Glenswilly threw that game away.

Nauls had a bee in their bonnet over it. One of those where it is fake outrage to get themselves motivated.

Samsforthehills (Donegal) - Posts: 1040 - 12/10/2021 09:42:02    2385311

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I see the dates & times have been finalized:

Friday Oct 15th 20:30 St Michaels vs Aodh Ruadh --- MacCumhaill Park

Saturday Oct 16th 20:00 Kilcar vs MacCumhaills ---- Ardara

Sunday Oct 17th 15:00 St. Eunans vs St. Nauls --- MacCumhaill Park

Sunday Oct 17th 17:15 Naomh Conaill vs Gaoth Dobhair --- MacCumhaill Park

Fancy St. Michaels to just edge Aodh Ruadh in a tight game.

Kilcar should have enough for MacCumhaills although they need to be careful, a Gallen inspired MacCumhaills almost beat Gaoth Dobhair away last year

Eunans should beat St. Nauls although I wonder is there any truth in the rumours of a split in the Eunans camp?

Naomh Conaill vs Gaoth Dobhair is the tie of the round, very hard to call. I wonder does it have to finish on the day? As in ET and penalties? Can see this one going the distance.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 12/10/2021 11:01:25    2385328

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Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Finals

Cloughaneely/Malin v Gaeil Fhánada/Buncrana

Naomh Muire/Dungloe v Naomh Brid/Naomh Columba

Fancy Cloughaneely and Buncrana

Dungloe and Naomh Columba

Final:

Dungloe vs Cloughaneely

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 12/10/2021 11:32:57    2385339

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I see the dates & times have been finalized:

Friday Oct 15th 20:30 St Michaels vs Aodh Ruadh --- MacCumhaill Park

Saturday Oct 16th 20:00 Kilcar vs MacCumhaills ---- Ardara

Sunday Oct 17th 15:00 St. Eunans vs St. Nauls --- MacCumhaill Park

Sunday Oct 17th 17:15 Naomh Conaill vs Gaoth Dobhair --- MacCumhaill Park

Fancy St. Michaels to just edge Aodh Ruadh in a tight game.

Kilcar should have enough for MacCumhaills although they need to be careful, a Gallen inspired MacCumhaills almost beat Gaoth Dobhair away last year

Eunans should beat St. Nauls although I wonder is there any truth in the rumours of a split in the Eunans camp?

Naomh Conaill vs Gaoth Dobhair is the tie of the round, very hard to call. I wonder does it have to finish on the day? As in ET and penalties? Can see this one going the distance."
So a double header in Ballybofey. Has there been an announcement from the GAA that we can return to full capacity or at least above 500? I was of the opinion that there was still a 500 limit and to be honest the NC vs Gweedore game would probably attract that on neutrals alone but maybe I missed that announcement and the limit is now much higher

naomh_conaill_4 (Donegal) - Posts: 408 - 12/10/2021 12:56:38    2385354

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Replying To naomh_conaill_4:  "So a double header in Ballybofey. Has there been an announcement from the GAA that we can return to full capacity or at least above 500? I was of the opinion that there was still a 500 limit and to be honest the NC vs Gweedore game would probably attract that on neutrals alone but maybe I missed that announcement and the limit is now much higher"
I'm not sure what the craic is with regard to crowds. It's a bit crazy now that we're at 93% full vaccination rates that bigger numbers are not permitted. We will never get to 100% because u12s probably won't be vaccinated & there is still a cohort of adults who refuse to get it for their own reasons. I might be wrong but I think I remember October 22nd was mentioned as a date when most restrictions would be gone?

Maybe TG4 will broadcast the game?

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 12/10/2021 13:48:55    2385363

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Not sure about this weekend coming but....



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Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 12/10/2021 15:50:21    2385399

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "I'm not sure what the craic is with regard to crowds. It's a bit crazy now that we're at 93% full vaccination rates that bigger numbers are not permitted. We will never get to 100% because u12s probably won't be vaccinated & there is still a cohort of adults who refuse to get it for their own reasons. I might be wrong but I think I remember October 22nd was mentioned as a date when most restrictions would be gone?

Maybe TG4 will broadcast the game?"
Dont think they will be on TG4, fairly sure they have already decided what club games they are showing this weekend and it's not Donegal. Will the Co Board be streaming the games anywhere?

HEREBENJI (Donegal) - Posts: 411 - 12/10/2021 18:40:27    2385421

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Wouldn't rule out aodh ruadh vs Michaels, aodh ruadh don't have any stars and certainly no Michael langan type players but they are very well balanced and have alot of mobility all over the field and will be looking for a fast start. Gaoth dobhair v naomh conaill could go either way, great game for the neutral, could go to extra time/ replay. Eunans and kilcar a shoe in for the semis.

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 593 - 12/10/2021 18:40:31    2385422

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Replying To totalrecall:  "Wouldn't rule out aodh ruadh vs Michaels, aodh ruadh don't have any stars and certainly no Michael langan type players but they are very well balanced and have alot of mobility all over the field and will be looking for a fast start. Gaoth dobhair v naomh conaill could go either way, great game for the neutral, could go to extra time/ replay. Eunans and kilcar a shoe in for the semis."
Yeah Aodh Ruadh have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Great to see one of the old traditional powers back at the top table. The more competitive our senior championship the better. Look at Tyrone. It's practically impossible for clubs to do back to back wins there. At the moment in Donegal, realistically there is a top 4 closed shop.

I think Aodh Ruadh will certainly test St Michaels. But I just think St Michaels have that extra bit of star quality that will prove the difference in a tight game.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7443 - 13/10/2021 10:09:08    2385444

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Well we're getting into the business end of things now. I see the bookies have Kilcar favourites followed by St. Eunans and then Gweedore and then Naomh Conaill.

Very tough ask for Gweedore and NC considering the route they have. Eunans should get a crack at the final this year but have the enough to beat Kilcar? Fair to say Kilcar have been the form team so far beating St.Eunans and Gweedore and putting up a massive points difference in the 4 games so they are rightly favourites.

Gweedore and NC a hard game to call, have a feeling Gweedore will edge it but what a semifinal we would have if NC go through!

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 136 - 13/10/2021 10:29:57    2385451

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Replying To HEREBENJI:  "Dont think they will be on TG4, fairly sure they have already decided what club games they are showing this weekend and it's not Donegal. Will the Co Board be streaming the games anywhere?"
Heard on Donegal Sports Hub that this game will be on Tg4.

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 136 - 13/10/2021 10:34:49    2385454

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I see all the championship games are all-ticket and the only way to get a ticket is to buy it online. Really bad from the county board, no concessions for pensioners and also charging 5 euro for children. 12 euro for an adult to attend a quarter final is a bit steep at a time when families all over the country are struggling with rising cost of living. A couple with 2 young children will have to fork out 34 euro to watch their club in action this weekend.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 45 - 13/10/2021 11:40:19    2385471

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