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Replying To seventyniner:  "Thanks Kerry 15 for highlighting the good young players in the County from that under 20 team I had forgotton some of them. However I cant see too many of them getting game time this year and I'll explain why I think so. Padraig Joyce is entering his third year in charge and I feel he is in the last chance saloon. Galway have been underwhelming in the last eighteen months and unless PJ can produce something very special this year that will be the end of his foray into inter county management. Can he turn things around? I would hope so, after all he started very promisingly before everything went pear shaped with the Covid lockdown. Plus I would hope that O Neill would bring something with the semblance of a game plan to the table. I would say that PJs most important job is to get all the main players on board and if this involves a small bit of humble pie so be it,
So if I were him on the final year of a contract I would not be interested in blooding too many rookie players, I would be more interested in fellows a little bit older. So that got me to thinking what kind of players are available. So here for your Christmas exercise (A pleasurable one) imagine that Galway have all footballers between 20 and 35 available for selection for this coming year what team would you put out to play Meath on the last wekend of January
I'll start the ball rolling
1 Conor Gleeson
Slight preference for him over Power but we could do with an upgrade but I dont know anyone better
2 Colin Murray Mountbellew Best corner back I saw all year
3 Sean Mulkerrins A year older, stronger and wiser and a good footballer
4 Liam Silke (by default) I would prefer a tighter corner back but we need Sean Kelly in the half back line
5 Sean Kelly
6 John Daly
7 Dylan McHugh did enough last year to edge McDaid and Sweeney Salthill
8 Michael Daly
9 Matthew Barrett Both have been head and shoulders above everything in Galway in the past year and we need to
see if they can do it at a higher level. If they cant theres' nothing lost
10 Paul Kelly
11 Matthew Tierney
12 Peter Cooke
13 Robert Finnerty
14 Eoin Finnerty
15 Shane Walshe

Nothing much to say about the forwards they nearly pick themselves. I think Finnerty is worth a shot at full forward I'd be disappointed if he's not good enough.
I dont think theres 70 minute games left in Comer or Conroy so we would be better of bringing them on than taking them off. Imagine a tight match in a tight ground and both coming on together with twenty minuted left.
So put on your selector caps for the Christmas and see what you come up with"
Cooke is going to America (unfortunately as I thought he improved with every game last year)

As for Comer, not sure how you can say he hasn't got 70 mins in him. He's only about 27!

Eoin Finnerty is an interesting prospect. Not convinced he has the pace to step up but he could well surprise us. Certainly an outstanding club player.

Don't know the corner back but the MM backs seemed to be teak tough and very tight when I watched them. We could certainly do with that type of player.

Midfield, Barret looks a good player. Worth a try. definitely want to see McGlaughlin thrown in there as well (maybe instead of Cooke)

Dylan Mchugh was solid but i think we need more than solid from our HB line. Mcdaid can be exceptional although he got a few black cards in a row the last time he was injury free. If he can sort that out I think he gives us real power.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1474 - 22/12/2021 12:08:42    2393475

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Think we should persist with gleeson or power as goalkeeper?
Personally don't think they're good enough and have had more than enough chances to prove themselves.
We should be looking at the likes of Conor flaherty Damien Boyle and Donie Hallereran who are comfortable on the ball and are able to pick out men for kickouts which is key in the modern game

mickruane (Galway) - Posts: 141 - 22/12/2021 12:27:56    2393479

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As far as I can see Conor Flaherty is the only obvious choice between the sticks in 22'.

Our kick out failure in the Connacht final stemmed from the number 1, that nervousness fed through the team. Compared to Rob Hennelly who was calm and assured, it was night at day even though there was a similar press on both kick outs.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1301 - 22/12/2021 12:46:55    2393480

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Replying To mickruane:  "Think we should persist with gleeson or power as goalkeeper?
Personally don't think they're good enough and have had more than enough chances to prove themselves.
We should be looking at the likes of Conor flaherty Damien Boyle and Donie Hallereran who are comfortable on the ball and are able to pick out men for kickouts which is key in the modern game"
In fairness Gleeson is a very good shotstopper from what I have seen and that should be the number one requirement for a goalkeeper! You would think any hesitancy to come for the ball when required and accurate kick-outs could be worked on / improved you would think.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2498 - 22/12/2021 13:24:08    2393483

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Replying To ahsure.:  "As far as I can see Conor Flaherty is the only obvious choice between the sticks in 22'.

Our kick out failure in the Connacht final stemmed from the number 1, that nervousness fed through the team. Compared to Rob Hennelly who was calm and assured, it was night at day even though there was a similar press on both kick outs."
Agree he has to be. I remember being very impressed when I saw him in the u20 final against Dublin. The 2 from recent years just have too many flaws.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 873 - 22/12/2021 15:37:01    2393496

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Any news on the panel?

Wonder will we have any team news a head of Friday. With so many people isolating we cannot read a lot into any absence from the team other than the players selected have made themselves available

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1474 - 04/01/2022 11:14:53    2393529

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Not sure if they were going to be available for Galway this year anyway but looks like a few Mountbellew players are going to get long suspensions. Including a couple who may or may not have been on the Galway panel this year.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1896 - 04/01/2022 14:38:47    2393555

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Replying To Marooned:  "Not sure if they were going to be available for Galway this year anyway but looks like a few Mountbellew players are going to get long suspensions. Including a couple who may or may not have been on the Galway panel this year."
Thats Joyces excuse sorted for him already.

FallenStar (Galway) - Posts: 368 - 04/01/2022 16:45:19    2393587

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Replying To Marooned:  "Not sure if they were going to be available for Galway this year anyway but looks like a few Mountbellew players are going to get long suspensions. Including a couple who may or may not have been on the Galway panel this year."
Haven't heard the full list of players in the dock - only Barry McHugh, Michael Daly and the keeper.
If Daly made himself available he would have been on the panel for sure. McHugh possibly in contention for a recall not sure.
I don't believe John Daly or Eoin Finnerty are up for a suspension.
The only other player I can think of who may have been in with a shout for a county call up would be Matthew Barrett. Again I'm not sure if he is in line for a suspension or not.

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 948 - 04/01/2022 20:14:18    2393609

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Great to see things haven't changed in Galway football. It would be easier to find out who shot JFK than who is involved with the team this year.
Just compare with Mayo. Trail game with all club players names and reports in the local papers down there.
New captain revealed and vice captains announced.

How do we get people behind the team? Communication. Bring people along on the journey.

But not in Galway. Treat the supporters like mushrooms.

galwaygoal (Galway) - Posts: 148 - 05/01/2022 12:00:26    2393650

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Replying To galwaygoal:  "Great to see things haven't changed in Galway football. It would be easier to find out who shot JFK than who is involved with the team this year.
Just compare with Mayo. Trail game with all club players names and reports in the local papers down there.
New captain revealed and vice captains announced.

How do we get people behind the team? Communication. Bring people along on the journey.

But not in Galway. Treat the supporters like mushrooms."
Couldn't agree more . With you that is . Not with the Galway strategy

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 241 - 05/01/2022 12:18:51    2393651

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Replying To galwaygoal:  "Great to see things haven't changed in Galway football. It would be easier to find out who shot JFK than who is involved with the team this year.
Just compare with Mayo. Trail game with all club players names and reports in the local papers down there.
New captain revealed and vice captains announced.

How do we get people behind the team? Communication. Bring people along on the journey.

But not in Galway. Treat the supporters like mushrooms."
Agree wholeheartedly, but what else would you expect from a team led by a man whose main problem in general is communication.
He'll have the excuses lined up for Friday eve, Covid , FBD, college blah blah blah

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 589 - 05/01/2022 12:26:59    2393653

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Replying To galwaygoal:  "Great to see things haven't changed in Galway football. It would be easier to find out who shot JFK than who is involved with the team this year.
Just compare with Mayo. Trail game with all club players names and reports in the local papers down there.
New captain revealed and vice captains announced.

How do we get people behind the team? Communication. Bring people along on the journey.

But not in Galway. Treat the supporters like mushrooms."
Wasn't his tagline - 'Our Journey, Your Journey'

Going well.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1301 - 05/01/2022 12:32:49    2393655

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Was interesting to read that Mayo held an NFL style combine in Bekan before Christmas. For players who had not played yet for Mayo. Again, Horan is always looking for athletes. If you get a good athlete you can always work on their football but he wants lads that are good athletes across the park. No doubt they will find a player or two from those trials.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1896 - 05/01/2022 13:39:22    2393677

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Kevin Johnson taking over Corofin. Have to say I'm totally against it but sure who cares what I think? Best wishes to him..
John o Mahoney to Salthill.. bananas appointment..
Any other club news?

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 589 - 05/01/2022 13:43:58    2393678

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Replying To galwaygoal:  "Great to see things haven't changed in Galway football. It would be easier to find out who shot JFK than who is involved with the team this year.
Just compare with Mayo. Trail game with all club players names and reports in the local papers down there.
New captain revealed and vice captains announced.

How do we get people behind the team? Communication. Bring people along on the journey.

But not in Galway. Treat the supporters like mushrooms."
The new County Board Chairman is going to change everything, did you not see all his media briefings before the election.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1117 - 05/01/2022 14:15:19    2393687

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Replying To moc.dna:  "The new County Board Chairman is going to change everything, did you not see all his media briefings before the election."
Sounded great. A new website, greater presence on social media, Tribe TV and a new Galway GAA App was on the to do list.

Be great if this is delivered and most importantly... maintained.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1301 - 05/01/2022 15:11:26    2393700

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Seen Glinsk recently had a fundraiser raffle for their club. One of the prizes was a signed Galway jersey. Some of the names I was able to make out from the picture of the jersey were Dylan Canney, Cormac McWalter, Conor Raftery and 'N Daly'…I presume that's Niall Daly from Kilconly? The other names on it were all established panel members.

gaillimhboy (Galway) - Posts: 305 - 05/01/2022 16:12:53    2393716

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Replying To gaillimhboy:  "Seen Glinsk recently had a fundraiser raffle for their club. One of the prizes was a signed Galway jersey. Some of the names I was able to make out from the picture of the jersey were Dylan Canney, Cormac McWalter, Conor Raftery and 'N Daly'…I presume that's Niall Daly from Kilconly? The other names on it were all established panel members."
Imagine that's what we are resigned to finding out who's playing for Galway....

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 589 - 05/01/2022 19:00:25    2393740

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Galway years if not decades behind mayo in the way they search for new talent holding proper trials and brining the clubs with them but not Galway they are stuck in Stone Age or even further back , it seems In Galway if u don't make underage team in Galway u have no hope in future , in my opinion it be current management last year well prob 5 months at this stage ,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 558 - 05/01/2022 19:07:35    2393741

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