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Replying To galway19:  "Why are they playing the two semi finals as a double header in Salthill? Guaranteed a dreadful atmosphere when you could have had them in Athenry with a big crowd. Terrible decision in my opinion."
what is athenrys capacity? thought the same until realized it mightnt hold the crowd? Have to compliment decisions makers as they could have went Sat/Sun in Kenny Park and get 2 gate takings but its value for money now for those going.

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 445 - 01/11/2022 12:19:42    2446099

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Replying To katser:  "So it's down to the Semi Finals and classic East v South!!
St.Thomas' South Galway v sarsfields East Galway
Clarinbridge South Galway v Loughrea East Galway.
I'm thinking it could be St.Thomas' v Loughrea Co.Final!!"
I think a routine enough win for Toms. Sarsfields didnt look great v a limited Portumna but that being said it was very stop start & no flow to it which might have suited Portumna. If Loughrea bring their A game on Sunday they will beat the bridge. McManus and Ryan first class last weekend hope they deliver again this weekend. Will have to improve on their discipline Hoban looked to have striked Moore off the ball. Complete lunacy shafting your teammates getting the line in such a way, for example.

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 445 - 01/11/2022 12:27:13    2446100

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Replying To galway19:  "Why are they playing the two semi finals as a double header in Salthill? Guaranteed a dreadful atmosphere when you could have had them in Athenry with a big crowd. Terrible decision in my opinion."
Did you not see how badly cut up Kenny Park was by the end of the 2nd game on Saturday. There were even parts of it where water stayed on top. No way would Athenry be able to take another match so soon again not mind two.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1708 - 01/11/2022 12:39:07    2446101

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Did you not see how badly cut up Kenny Park was by the end of the 2nd game on Saturday. There were even parts of it where water stayed on top. No way would Athenry be able to take another match so soon again not mind two."
It's one thing we don't have in galway is a top class playing pitch. Always get so jealous looking at county finals in Cork, Limerick, Tipp, Kilkenny when they play in such great facilities and their playing surface always looks immaculate come the big days. The only ones that seem to suffer the same problem as us is Waterford. I know from personal experience that playing in Pearse Stadium is awful from a playing point of view, and I'd say majority of players will also agree with that and even supporters dread it. It's bad when it would be easier get in and out of Ennis or Gaelic Grounds for a match than one in our own county for a lot of Galway. Kenny Park is an outstanding summer pitch but it's rare it sees summer and probably hasn't been invested in half enough, same for ballinasloe (although that is probably the best of thm in winter) Pearse Stadium is bad no matter what time of year you go in to it and has nearly became a joke to a lot of people...inside and outside of galway. Wexford park is the only one that comes close to it in terms of wind but even that doesn't have the same level of cold and rain.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 01/11/2022 15:53:53    2446139

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "It's one thing we don't have in galway is a top class playing pitch. Always get so jealous looking at county finals in Cork, Limerick, Tipp, Kilkenny when they play in such great facilities and their playing surface always looks immaculate come the big days. The only ones that seem to suffer the same problem as us is Waterford. I know from personal experience that playing in Pearse Stadium is awful from a playing point of view, and I'd say majority of players will also agree with that and even supporters dread it. It's bad when it would be easier get in and out of Ennis or Gaelic Grounds for a match than one in our own county for a lot of Galway. Kenny Park is an outstanding summer pitch but it's rare it sees summer and probably hasn't been invested in half enough, same for ballinasloe (although that is probably the best of thm in winter) Pearse Stadium is bad no matter what time of year you go in to it and has nearly became a joke to a lot of people...inside and outside of galway. Wexford park is the only one that comes close to it in terms of wind but even that doesn't have the same level of cold and rain."
It IS amazing that Galway or Connacht for that matter have nothing to compare to Thurles. Shame.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 02/11/2022 10:37:23    2446194

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Replying To CillTormoir:  "I think a routine enough win for Toms. Sarsfields didnt look great v a limited Portumna but that being said it was very stop start & no flow to it which might have suited Portumna. If Loughrea bring their A game on Sunday they will beat the bridge. McManus and Ryan first class last weekend hope they deliver again this weekend. Will have to improve on their discipline Hoban looked to have striked Moore off the ball. Complete lunacy shafting your teammates getting the line in such a way, for example."
Majority of people will expect St.Thomas' to win but Clarinbridge v Loughrea will be a close game.
Loughrea only team with 100% record played 6 won 6.
Clarinbridge played 7 won 4 drew 2 lost 1

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1762 - 02/11/2022 10:47:15    2446197

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Replying To Trump2020:  "It IS amazing that Galway or Connacht for that matter have nothing to compare to Thurles. Shame."
Theres a lot more rain and worse conditions in Galway than most other counties. You dont realise that its true until you spend a bit of time there.
Theres no way you could cut a lawn in Galway for the past few weeks and I know at home in Tipp they managed to get an odd day here and there!

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3670 - 02/11/2022 12:17:58    2446216

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Theres a lot more rain and worse conditions in Galway than most other counties. You dont realise that its true until you spend a bit of time there.
Theres no way you could cut a lawn in Galway for the past few weeks and I know at home in Tipp they managed to get an odd day here and there!"
Ha ha ha. You're not wrong about that! More rain than the Amazon Rain Forest.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 02/11/2022 13:54:20    2446238

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How is Katser these days? Lol!!!!!

bruffgael (Limerick) - Posts: 54 - 02/11/2022 15:40:24    2446253

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Replying To bruffgael:  "How is Katser these days? Lol!!!!!"
Flooded out of it

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 271 - 02/11/2022 18:03:17    2446270

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any doubt of matches been played this weekend? some heavy rain was had!!

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 445 - 04/11/2022 10:51:38    2446440

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Replying To CillTormoir:  "any doubt of matches been played this weekend? some heavy rain was had!!"
Promised bad weather this weekend so the going could be tough!
As I said last weekend it's St.Thomas' and Loughrea to win from me.

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1762 - 04/11/2022 16:07:55    2446509

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Replying To katser:  "Promised bad weather this weekend so the going could be tough!
As I said last weekend it's St.Thomas' and Loughrea to win from me."
I'll take St Thomas's and Clarenbridge. I'm taking Clarenbridge for a couple of reasons: 1. Loughrea are due for a loss. 2. Clarenbridge have the better free taker in Evan Niland and he will probably get a lot of work as Loughrea are usually very physical. I expect both matches to be close and I won't be shocked if I picked both matches wrong.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 05/11/2022 13:31:26    2446550

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Theres a lot more rain and worse conditions in Galway than most other counties. You dont realise that its true until you spend a bit of time there.
Theres no way you could cut a lawn in Galway for the past few weeks and I know at home in Tipp they managed to get an odd day here and there!"
Yes it's amazing how the clouds hone in on Galway and how they skip Cork, Kerry, Clare, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal! Amazing how Cork city never gets flooded and as for Uíbh Ráthach, especially Caherciveen, well, you'd need a dry sense of humour…

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1380 - 05/11/2022 14:42:51    2446556

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Re rain in Galway ...no question that Galway and all West Coast gets more rain than Midlands. Look up the Met Eireann stats for yearly rainfall at weather stations. Same for wind predictions. Pearse Stadium is where it is due to business interests in Galway/Salthill winning out while the Galway County Board turned down the offer to purchase land at Glennna beside Fahys Field. Galwegans RFC bought the land and sold a portion to on which a hotel was built, financing their own development. The Stadium is likely to be our County ground into foreseeable future. Can't do much about the weather which is likely to get worse but maybe it needs new surface and associated drainage. Duggan Park has the best surface and should be upgraded to seat 5-10,000. Similarly Athenry which is best situated for huring. Tuam should be further upgraded as ground for County league football matches with say 15,000 and with new seating.

Blackcoatsoffthefield (Galway) - Posts: 4 - 05/11/2022 15:18:49    2446560

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Where can I buy tickets for the matches tomorrow in Pearse Stadium. There is no link on the Galway GAA website

B&G (Longford) - Posts: 205 - 05/11/2022 17:22:00    2446564

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Replying To B&G:  "Where can I buy tickets for the matches tomorrow in Pearse Stadium. There is no link on the Galway GAA website"
Buy tickets here;
https://www.universe.com/events/brooks-senior-hurling-championship-sarsfields-v-st-thomas-tickets-STRJWZ?ref=universe-discover

ref (Galway) - Posts: 232 - 05/11/2022 18:04:31    2446573

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Replying To Blackcoatsoffthefield:  "Re rain in Galway ...no question that Galway and all West Coast gets more rain than Midlands. Look up the Met Eireann stats for yearly rainfall at weather stations. Same for wind predictions. Pearse Stadium is where it is due to business interests in Galway/Salthill winning out while the Galway County Board turned down the offer to purchase land at Glennna beside Fahys Field. Galwegans RFC bought the land and sold a portion to on which a hotel was built, financing their own development. The Stadium is likely to be our County ground into foreseeable future. Can't do much about the weather which is likely to get worse but maybe it needs new surface and associated drainage. Duggan Park has the best surface and should be upgraded to seat 5-10,000. Similarly Athenry which is best situated for huring. Tuam should be further upgraded as ground for County league football matches with say 15,000 and with new seating."
Maybe put a 3G/4G Pitch into Tuam Stadium?

ref (Galway) - Posts: 232 - 05/11/2022 18:06:00    2446574

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Replying To Trump2020:  "It IS amazing that Galway or Connacht for that matter have nothing to compare to Thurles. Shame."
When that initial meeting to the GAA was held in Thurles, it was mainly held there because Dr Thomas Croke was the First Patron and issued the famous ' let us bring back the hurling to the fields of Ireland ' speech. However, Dr Duggan of Clonfert was the first Bishop offered that position, so maybe Portumna should have been made headquarters.
However, the fact that Tipp is bounded by so many of the main Hurling counties made it a good choice.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 3808 - 06/11/2022 07:32:22    2446597

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "When that initial meeting to the GAA was held in Thurles, it was mainly held there because Dr Thomas Croke was the First Patron and issued the famous ' let us bring back the hurling to the fields of Ireland ' speech. However, Dr Duggan of Clonfert was the first Bishop offered that position, so maybe Portumna should have been made headquarters.
However, the fact that Tipp is bounded by so many of the main Hurling counties made it a good choice."
Interesting. Yeah Tipp is a lot more Central. Wise choice.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 06/11/2022 09:43:22    2446606

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