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Replying To hurlingfan90:  "Pearse stadium is the only answer. Invest more in the playing surface, which is not actually in bad condition considering the amount of rain we have had over the last few weeks. There will be floodlights installed within the next two years so I can't see any investment going anywhere else"
It's the only answer if you live in Salthill, bar that it's one of the worst located stadiums in the country. However it is systematic of everything that is wrong with Galway City, brutal public transport, archaic road network, and still arguing 40 years later over a bypass of the city that at this stage will probably never get built. Galway City Council are easily one of the most backward, inept councils in the country, they should get Limerick City Council up to run the place for a few years!!

gilly1910 (Galway) - Posts: 156 - 22/11/2022 16:33:14    2448448

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Replying To gilly1910:  "It's the only answer if you live in Salthill, bar that it's one of the worst located stadiums in the country. However it is systematic of everything that is wrong with Galway City, brutal public transport, archaic road network, and still arguing 40 years later over a bypass of the city that at this stage will probably never get built. Galway City Council are easily one of the most backward, inept councils in the country, they should get Limerick City Council up to run the place for a few years!!"
Agree with the above, but a lot of the major grounds have the same issue, when the crowds are big enough it is a nightmare, Thurles, Cork, Dublin, even going to Castlebar is a bloody pain. The majority of games in the stadium have less than 5000 in attendance, I don't live in salthill but never have massive issues leaving it except for Galway v Mayo games. If you upgraded any of the grounds around Galway the villages don't have much to offer and wouldn't be able to deal with the volume of cars either. Bit of a rock and a hard place

hurlingfan90 (Galway) - Posts: 12 - 22/11/2022 17:09:25    2448451

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Looking forward to the replay Sunday. Thought the final was a enjoyable game. Will be interesting to see how the quick turnaround will affect both teams physically. Last weekends game was played at high intensity.
Streamed the game at home and then watched the ballygunner game at the garlic grounds. I know it's recently been done up but it puts pearse stadium to shame, or any other ground we have for that matter.

Jackson88 (Galway) - Posts: 6 - 23/11/2022 07:25:22    2448474

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Killimor vs Tooreen is a gar going under the radar. Tooreen are really dominating this grand ATM, going for ther 4th in 5 years and the one they lost to Oranmore they could've won, even being down to 13 men. A fine side, they'd definitely be a Senior A team in Galway, they've won those intermediate titles handy enough vs Galway intermediate Champs, I know a lot of it is down to the standard of intermediate in galway not being particularly high. I'd expect them to win again this weekend. They Beat Moycullen comfortably last year and we seen what Moycullen did this year. A fair achievement for Tooreen and I'm sure they have their sights on Croke Park. If they win the intermediate all Ireland does that mean a return of the Connacht Senior Club Hurling final? Naas are back in Leinster Senior club action after winning all Ireland last year and Mt Leinster Rangers got to back to back intermediate and senior club finals

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 23/11/2022 11:26:51    2448501

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "Killimor vs Tooreen is a gar going under the radar. Tooreen are really dominating this grand ATM, going for ther 4th in 5 years and the one they lost to Oranmore they could've won, even being down to 13 men. A fine side, they'd definitely be a Senior A team in Galway, they've won those intermediate titles handy enough vs Galway intermediate Champs, I know a lot of it is down to the standard of intermediate in galway not being particularly high. I'd expect them to win again this weekend. They Beat Moycullen comfortably last year and we seen what Moycullen did this year. A fair achievement for Tooreen and I'm sure they have their sights on Croke Park. If they win the intermediate all Ireland does that mean a return of the Connacht Senior Club Hurling final? Naas are back in Leinster Senior club action after winning all Ireland last year and Mt Leinster Rangers got to back to back intermediate and senior club finals"
It should do. They will have earned that right.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6179 - 23/11/2022 13:05:11    2448517

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "Killimor vs Tooreen is a gar going under the radar. Tooreen are really dominating this grand ATM, going for ther 4th in 5 years and the one they lost to Oranmore they could've won, even being down to 13 men. A fine side, they'd definitely be a Senior A team in Galway, they've won those intermediate titles handy enough vs Galway intermediate Champs, I know a lot of it is down to the standard of intermediate in galway not being particularly high. I'd expect them to win again this weekend. They Beat Moycullen comfortably last year and we seen what Moycullen did this year. A fair achievement for Tooreen and I'm sure they have their sights on Croke Park. If they win the intermediate all Ireland does that mean a return of the Connacht Senior Club Hurling final? Naas are back in Leinster Senior club action after winning all Ireland last year and Mt Leinster Rangers got to back to back intermediate and senior club finals"
Fair question. What would be the harm next year if they "threw" Tooreen into either the Galway Intermediate pile or even the Senior B as a prize for winning Connacht if they win? Especially if they win the All Ireland….

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 23/11/2022 13:05:22    2448518

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "Killimor vs Tooreen is a gar going under the radar. Tooreen are really dominating this grand ATM, going for ther 4th in 5 years and the one they lost to Oranmore they could've won, even being down to 13 men. A fine side, they'd definitely be a Senior A team in Galway, they've won those intermediate titles handy enough vs Galway intermediate Champs, I know a lot of it is down to the standard of intermediate in galway not being particularly high. I'd expect them to win again this weekend. They Beat Moycullen comfortably last year and we seen what Moycullen did this year. A fair achievement for Tooreen and I'm sure they have their sights on Croke Park. If they win the intermediate all Ireland does that mean a return of the Connacht Senior Club Hurling final? Naas are back in Leinster Senior club action after winning all Ireland last year and Mt Leinster Rangers got to back to back intermediate and senior club finals"
Youve covered my points: Tooreen are a strong team, Galway Intermediate is weak. I cant see them winning AI as Kilkenny/Cork traditionally have strong teams (Cork champs hammered them the year they beat Kinvara) and like St Toms, Tooreen have been waiting a few years now to get a crack at an Ulster side as it the 'better draw'. Tooreen have had 2 good wins in Connacht now and Killimor have had more of a break than any other Galway side had against them, usually out 2 weeks later, though i think ballindeeren had only a week.

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 445 - 23/11/2022 14:08:21    2448529

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Replying To CillTormoir:  "Youve covered my points: Tooreen are a strong team, Galway Intermediate is weak. I cant see them winning AI as Kilkenny/Cork traditionally have strong teams (Cork champs hammered them the year they beat Kinvara) and like St Toms, Tooreen have been waiting a few years now to get a crack at an Ulster side as it the 'better draw'. Tooreen have had 2 good wins in Connacht now and Killimor have had more of a break than any other Galway side had against them, usually out 2 weeks later, though i think ballindeeren had only a week."
Cork champions beat 19 points to 1-12 and Naas beat them a couple of points last year, they're not too far off winning one on current form and the fact both Kilkenny and Cork clubs are already out of the race. They gave Killimor a fair hammering in a challenge game not that long ago.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 23/11/2022 15:14:52    2448537

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Fair question. What would be the harm next year if they "threw" Tooreen into either the Galway Intermediate pile or even the Senior B as a prize for winning Connacht if they win? Especially if they win the All Ireland…."
They're well above Galway intermediate level at this stage, theve beat 3 of the last 4 galway champions and if they won an all Ireland intermediate that would put them in a senior A level. I don't think they will, but would be good to see the senior connacht championship back. They were invited into the galwya league but only at Junior B level...think they took that as a bit insulting and genuinely did send their second team into it, don't know if they still bother entering it. Fair enough though I know it's not galway gaas place to care about Mayo hurling but only inviting them to a junior b level league was a very back handed compliment after the beat 3 of the 4 last galway Champs and only lost with 13 men to the only galway side ever to win an intermediate all Ireland.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 23/11/2022 15:19:53    2448538

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "They're well above Galway intermediate level at this stage, theve beat 3 of the last 4 galway champions and if they won an all Ireland intermediate that would put them in a senior A level. I don't think they will, but would be good to see the senior connacht championship back. They were invited into the galwya league but only at Junior B level...think they took that as a bit insulting and genuinely did send their second team into it, don't know if they still bother entering it. Fair enough though I know it's not galway gaas place to care about Mayo hurling but only inviting them to a junior b level league was a very back handed compliment after the beat 3 of the 4 last galway Champs and only lost with 13 men to the only galway side ever to win an intermediate all Ireland."
You do know that you can get promoted up through the leagues right? What divine right have them to come in at Division 1 or 2?

TanCanRan (Galway) - Posts: 109 - 23/11/2022 15:40:17    2448540

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Fair question. What would be the harm next year if they "threw" Tooreen into either the Galway Intermediate pile or even the Senior B as a prize for winning Connacht if they win? Especially if they win the All Ireland…."
They can start at Junior C and work their way up like everyone else.

TanCanRan (Galway) - Posts: 109 - 23/11/2022 15:42:47    2448542

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Replying To TanCanRan:  "You do know that you can get promoted up through the leagues right? What divine right have them to come in at Division 1 or 2?"
None but surely if you're going to invite them in after beating your intermediate champions regularly you don't put them two levels below that level, not fair on the teams down there as well. Kilkenny have invited Kildare and Carlow clubs into their competitions and Naas even got to a Minor A final I think...you surely invite them into the correct level?

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 23/11/2022 16:08:44    2448545

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "They're well above Galway intermediate level at this stage, theve beat 3 of the last 4 galway champions and if they won an all Ireland intermediate that would put them in a senior A level. I don't think they will, but would be good to see the senior connacht championship back. They were invited into the galwya league but only at Junior B level...think they took that as a bit insulting and genuinely did send their second team into it, don't know if they still bother entering it. Fair enough though I know it's not galway gaas place to care about Mayo hurling but only inviting them to a junior b level league was a very back handed compliment after the beat 3 of the 4 last galway Champs and only lost with 13 men to the only galway side ever to win an intermediate all Ireland."
Yeah. I'd like to see them enter Galway at a realistic level wherever they'd fit in. It does nobody any good if they hammer teams by 20 points or get hammered by 20 points but some realistic entry point would be interesting. If it grows the sport in some positive way I'm all for it.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 23/11/2022 16:12:50    2448546

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Replying To TanCanRan:  "They can start at Junior C and work their way up like everyone else."
Fair enough but is that realistic?!? I mean it's not like they have been sitting around doing nothing and expect a favor. Why not slide them in at a realistic level where the matches would be competitive?

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1638 - 23/11/2022 16:14:39    2448547

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Yeah. I'd like to see them enter Galway at a realistic level wherever they'd fit in. It does nobody any good if they hammer teams by 20 points or get hammered by 20 points but some realistic entry point would be interesting. If it grows the sport in some positive way I'm all for it."
Presumably Galway Intermediate hurling will be stronger when the Senior grade gets reduced in number. All the same does anyone know if Toreen want to play in the Galway championship at all? And what happens if they win the Galway Intermediate title? What happens to the Connacht Intermediate championship? Who represents Galway?

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6179 - 23/11/2022 16:57:17    2448548

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Replying To Viking66:  "Presumably Galway Intermediate hurling will be stronger when the Senior grade gets reduced in number. All the same does anyone know if Toreen want to play in the Galway championship at all? And what happens if they win the Galway Intermediate title? What happens to the Connacht Intermediate championship? Who represents Galway?"
I think it's more entry at league level that we're on about. Hurling is growing in Mayo but the numbers are still small, all about getting more games. Galway were long enough left out in the cold with no games that should be understanding of another connacht county trying to grow the game. Tooreen to the best of my knowledge were looking to play league in galway but were let in at junior B level, it's not as if they were let in at the very bottom junior C1 and told work up, it's that they put them in at junior B after beating galway intermediate champions rather regularly and convincingly too. I see they are second favorites just behind Roscrea for the club intermediate title too. They were level with Naas the all Ireland Champs going into the final few minutes last year too and now Nass are I'm Leinster senior semi final. I think they've proven to be operating at a higher level than most of the senior B teams tbh. Look makes no odds what I say and Galway GAA aren't Mayo hurling but still we've few enough counties caring about hurling than when a very good team from a county like Mayo what to grow the game we should be more understanding....if it wasn't for Kilkenny we probably wouldn't have got into Leinster, the only county that wanted us in there and that's not a dig at the others, theyve to look after themselves too and seen us another barrier to success.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 106 - 23/11/2022 17:14:00    2448549

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Replying To Viking66:  "Presumably Galway Intermediate hurling will be stronger when the Senior grade gets reduced in number. All the same does anyone know if Toreen want to play in the Galway championship at all? And what happens if they win the Galway Intermediate title? What happens to the Connacht Intermediate championship? Who represents Galway?"
Without doubt they will get stronger. Tipp have had a poor intermediate club record in recent years but Roscrea from that stupidly named "premier" intermediate championship gave Ballysaggart a serious trimming a few weeks ago. Normally, it would have been a team ranked at least 17 places below them that would represent Tipp. Kk and Cork to the best of my knowledge have only had 12 senior teams in my time.
Tipp had 34 senior teams not too long ago and back in the day when clubs could only pick intermediate club players for the intermediate county team - Cork and Kk also dominated unsurprisingly which ruined what could have been a good intercounty championship. I'll get a going over for this but there has always been huge snobbery in Galway when intermediate word is used for either club or intercounty. The complete opposite of the likes of Kilkenny.
The restructuring is a good thing and badly needed.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3670 - 23/11/2022 17:25:33    2448551

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "None but surely if you're going to invite them in after beating your intermediate champions regularly you don't put them two levels below that level, not fair on the teams down there as well. Kilkenny have invited Kildare and Carlow clubs into their competitions and Naas even got to a Minor A final I think...you surely invite them into the correct level?"
Your reply was perfect as far as the first word. Coming in at the bottoms is absolutely the fairest way to start for all concerned. If they don't like it, stay in Mayo.

TanCanRan (Galway) - Posts: 109 - 23/11/2022 17:32:53    2448554

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Fair enough but is that realistic?!? I mean it's not like they have been sitting around doing nothing and expect a favor. Why not slide them in at a realistic level where the matches would be competitive?"
Because you earn your spot in a grade or league based on merit of playing in that competition.

TanCanRan (Galway) - Posts: 109 - 23/11/2022 17:33:51    2448555

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Replying To Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin:  "They're well above Galway intermediate level at this stage, theve beat 3 of the last 4 galway champions and if they won an all Ireland intermediate that would put them in a senior A level. I don't think they will, but would be good to see the senior connacht championship back. They were invited into the galwya league but only at Junior B level...think they took that as a bit insulting and genuinely did send their second team into it, don't know if they still bother entering it. Fair enough though I know it's not galway gaas place to care about Mayo hurling but only inviting them to a junior b level league was a very back handed compliment after the beat 3 of the 4 last galway Champs and only lost with 13 men to the only galway side ever to win an intermediate all Ireland."
Tooreen played in the intermediate league in galway in the late 80s earley 90s I remember our club playing them a getting a right good game from them joe Henry and company

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 157 - 23/11/2022 19:22:21    2448563

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