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Replying To tiobraid:  "Its great to see the Blue and Gold flags flying when I'm passing through Galway! Gwan Loughrea!"
Good one tiobraid! Sure the Clare crowd could say the same and a lot more of them pass through Loughrea than those from Tipp!

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2773 - 18/11/2022 13:13:06    2448052

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Replying To thelongridge:  "The Galway SH Final is on Sunday. Is there a reason for the late final, as I thought the split season would enable counties to conclude their club season earlier than applied previously?"
No pressure on the county board to have a team in the connacht club championship which meant 2 weeks between the majority of matches.

fearruanua (Galway) - Posts: 364 - 18/11/2022 13:47:43    2448057

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Replying To thelongridge:  "The Galway SH Final is on Sunday. Is there a reason for the late final, as I thought the split season would enable counties to conclude their club season earlier than applied previously?"
I think it's better this way as it matches the other Provinces. If it got done a month or two ago then the Galway Champions would be sitting around waiting forever for their next match.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 18/11/2022 14:21:23    2448064

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Replying To Trump2020:  "I think it's better this way as it matches the other Provinces. If it got done a month or two ago then the Galway Champions would be sitting around waiting forever for their next match."
Galway should be playing in lenister club championship and then they will have to finish there championship in September

Newyorkkat (Kilkenny) - Posts: 69 - 18/11/2022 14:35:08    2448070

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Replying To Newyorkkat:  "Galway should be playing in lenister club championship and then they will have to finish there championship in September"
I'd say 99% of galway supporters and players would love that, the months with no games leading up to semi finals was awful, no games and impossible get challenge games, would be great for galway clubs and Leinster club hurling too. Galway and Kilkenny clubs are two most successful counties in the club series and usually winner of these clashes wins the all Ireland the last 30 years so it'd be great to see in Leinster.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 18/11/2022 14:54:50    2448077

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Replying To Newyorkkat:  "Galway should be playing in lenister club championship and then they will have to finish there championship in September"
I'd like that too but under the current way it makes sense for Galway to be so late so as to match up closely with the Provincial Finals.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 18/11/2022 15:34:45    2448082

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Replying To Newyorkkat:  "Galway should be playing in lenister club championship and then they will have to finish there championship in September"
That makes sense to me. Galway play in the Leinster Senior hurling championship, they should also compete at club provincial level.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1420 - 18/11/2022 15:52:10    2448084

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Replying To thelongridge:  "That makes sense to me. Galway play in the Leinster Senior hurling championship, they should also compete at club provincial level."
100% and they want to themselves but the strength of Ulster makes it difficult, you'd have 3 provincial winners so 1 would get a bye to an all Ireland final which is probably a worse situation than the present one. I'd say everyone of the Thomas's lad would love to be playing in Leinster, wouldn't have had to go months without games too, hopefully it does happen one da.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 18/11/2022 16:11:53    2448091

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "I'd say 99% of galway supporters and players would love that, the months with no games leading up to semi finals was awful, no games and impossible get challenge games, would be great for galway clubs and Leinster club hurling too. Galway and Kilkenny clubs are two most successful counties in the club series and usually winner of these clashes wins the all Ireland the last 30 years so it'd be great to see in Leinster."
I'd be one of the 1% then (In fact instead of being 99% , I would be surprised if your opinion was not in the minority) Dont see any benefit at all to Galway club teams playing in Leinster.After a cut-throat Galway championship, I think our county champions would find it hard to raise their game for a " foreign" provincial championship. On the other side, every Leinster club team would be bursting their gut to vanquish the "imposters". Would Loughrea or Thomas's value winning a Leinster title? I dont think so....they'd see it as an inconvenient obstacle towards reaching the All Ireland. That would leave them vulnerable to highly motivated Leinster opponents. Then where would the games be played -- at a neutral Leinster venue or home and away? Would Thomas's/Loughrea be happy to travel to Wexford or Nowlan Park? Would their Leinster opponents be happy to traipse across the country to play in Pearse Stadium? All it would do is increase expenses on clubs and their supporters Of course everything Im saying here could be said in relation to Galway competing in Leinster at inter-county level but the difference is that it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for Galway county teams to play in Leinster since they have no opponents in Connacht but the Galway club championship provides enough preparation in itself for our club champions to compete on equal terms with the Leinster and Munster club champions.

In addition if the Galway club champions played in the Leinster club championship it would require a radical overhaul of the Galway club championship -- far more radical than is currently underway. There would be an absolute need to drastically reduce the number of senior club games played in the county championship. A much truncated county championship is not in the best interests of Galway --- at club or county level.

Finally, we are still in the early stages of the split-season experiment. Nobody knows yet how it is going to turn out. Theres a lot of talk and some support for flipping the seasons and having the club championship played in late Spring/ early summer and having the inter-county championship played in the 2nd half of the year -- late summer into autumn. If this is eventually decided upon, the main gripe many people seem to have (i.e. about playing the county final in November) will be overcome since club games nationally will be played in the summer.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1708 - 18/11/2022 21:33:38    2448126

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Replying To thelongridge:  "That makes sense to me. Galway play in the Leinster Senior hurling championship, they should also compete at club provincial level."
Most Galway supporters want their clubs and minor intercounty teams playing in Leinster but most Leinster counties (outside of KK) are against it as they think that they along with KK would dominate the province.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2773 - 19/11/2022 12:15:30    2448152

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Fair play to Loughrea and St Thomas's. Replay should be fantastic.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 20/11/2022 15:00:13    2448225

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Replying To tommy k:  "Most Galway supporters want their clubs and minor intercounty teams playing in Leinster but most Leinster counties (outside of KK) are against it as they think that they along with KK would dominate the province."
Galway and Kilkenny clubs have won half of the AI Club hurling titles between them. They are a long way ahead of Cork in 3rd place. I don't see why Galway clubs would want or need to be playing in the Leinster club championship.
I do think Galways minor team should be playing in Leinster though if all their other teams are.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6179 - 20/11/2022 15:57:58    2448227

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Fair play to Loughrea and St Thomas's. Replay should be fantastic."
I think Loughrea have missed the boat. Cant see thomas's starting as slow the next day, or Loughrea as good.

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 445 - 21/11/2022 09:15:48    2448267

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Replying To CillTormoir:  "I think Loughrea have missed the boat. Cant see thomas's starting as slow the next day, or Loughrea as good."
Yes that would appear to be the case. Do you fancy St. Thomas's to beat Slaughtneil of Derry also in the AI semifinal?

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2773 - 21/11/2022 09:52:01    2448272

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Replying To Viking66:  "Galway and Kilkenny clubs have won half of the AI Club hurling titles between them. They are a long way ahead of Cork in 3rd place. I don't see why Galway clubs would want or need to be playing in the Leinster club championship.
I do think Galways minor team should be playing in Leinster though if all their other teams are."
tend to agree with u. i would say there is no real need to change things at club level. there would be a big increase in cost associated with it and at club level this can be unsustainable.

Inter county is different. We should be either all in or all out of Leinster. Full member with equal vote's, equal share of income, same rights to home games etc across all levels

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1689 - 21/11/2022 10:07:01    2448273

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Replying To tommy k:  "Yes that would appear to be the case. Do you fancy St. Thomas's to beat Slaughtneil of Derry also in the AI semifinal?"
Slaughtneil have to beat Dunloy first.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1579 - 21/11/2022 10:15:28    2448278

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Great day out yesterday, going in I thought Toms would win by a few points but a good battling display by Loughrea. Toms were slow to start as they have been for the majority of the year but came back well. Regan was a big loss, it will be interesting to see if he will be back next week. I think he was doing water on the line so if he wasn't even fit enough to tog he probably won't be by next week?

Loughrea started well, I thought the ref was slightly harsh with the second yellow for the sending off. When Toms had the extra man and got the goal they didn't really push on like you would expect them to. loughrea still have a great chance next week, they'll have a pep in their step after the late equalizer.

hurlingfan90 (Galway) - Posts: 12 - 21/11/2022 10:37:32    2448284

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Is the replay in Pearse or Kenny park?

The_DOC (Galway) - Posts: 664 - 21/11/2022 11:32:18    2448293

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Replying To The_DOC:  "Is the replay in Pearse or Kenny park?"
6000 in stadium yesterday, expect an increase on this Sunday. Cant see Kenny Parks capacity online but I think its around the 3000 mark but to answer your question, its back in the stadium, unfortunately.

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 445 - 21/11/2022 12:13:10    2448301

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Replying To CillTormoir:  "I think Loughrea have missed the boat. Cant see thomas's starting as slow the next day, or Loughrea as good."
Hard to disagree with that.

McManus was causing Fintan problems early on, he didn't want to get dragged out the pitch I think, they solved that one yesterday.

If Shane can start, he'll make a huge difference as well.

Would make a big difference to Loughrea if Morgan was back.

Galwayspur (Offaly) - Posts: 187 - 21/11/2022 13:50:49    2448323

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