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First off, hats off to Johnathan and the lads for picking up a point today. It's a vindication of the courage and commitment of these lads whose ego's have never gotten the better of them, unlike some of our more seasoned hurlers - from all clubs, let me hasten to add. I'm not too sure where our footballers are heading anymore, other than back to Div 4. Hope I'm wrong. With all due respect to the winners, they are no way that much better than we are. Maybe when Oisin gets back on the line, things might improve.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 917 - 25/02/2024 16:28:15    2528029

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Replying To Freethinker:  "First off, hats off to Johnathan and the lads for picking up a point today. It's a vindication of the courage and commitment of these lads whose ego's have never gotten the better of them, unlike some of our more seasoned hurlers - from all clubs, let me hasten to add. I'm not too sure where our footballers are heading anymore, other than back to Div 4. Hope I'm wrong. With all due respect to the winners, they are no way that much better than we are. Maybe when Oisin gets back on the line, things might improve."
Agreed fair play to the hurlers showing a bit of fight in them...pity the footballers cant do the same...tbf wasn't at the game but it seemed like a really poor showing they seem to be shattered and lacking in any confidence whatsoever can't seem them winning any games this season judging by this performance

stringfellohawk (Wicklow) - Posts: 115 - 25/02/2024 17:15:27    2528045

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What's happened to this positivity? I read on here before the league started that it was going to be tough and it is tough. It's a young panel, we need to build but it won't be built in a year or two. These young men are giving up a lot of free time to play for their county and They are not going out to lose games. support them.

StrandedinWW (Wicklow) - Posts: 18 - 26/02/2024 10:42:06    2528247

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Replying To StrandedinWW:  "What's happened to this positivity? I read on here before the league started that it was going to be tough and it is tough. It's a young panel, we need to build but it won't be built in a year or two. These young men are giving up a lot of free time to play for their county and They are not going out to lose games. support them."
We are on a trajectory but it seems to have taken a wobble or two lately, Clare and not 13 pts better than us. Being beaten by 13 pts won't do anything for morale. These lads have played better teams than Clare in recent weeks and showed well. I have no doubt that they are capable of playing much better than they showed yesterday. It's up to management to get a grip here and get back to the plan. Positivity has to be balanced with reality. I have always been and always will be positive about young players with the pride ambition to line out in their county colours and I think that this team has the potential to go higher than Div3 but being beaten by 13 pts won't help anyone.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 917 - 26/02/2024 10:58:04    2528257

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A mini league coming up over the next three weeks to avoid the dreaded drop to D4. Pick up points in the next two matches and the last match up in Belfast with Antrim with nothing to play for could be crucial in the end.
Offaly and Limerick are playing Sligo and Clare in the remaining matches respectively, both with an outside chance of promotion.
Wicklow's matches on paper looks handier. But points must be picked up in Tullamore next weekend

Jack L (None) - Posts: 3087 - 26/02/2024 12:55:54    2528307

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Replying To stringfellohawk:  "Agreed fair play to the hurlers showing a bit of fight in them...pity the footballers cant do the same...tbf wasn't at the game but it seemed like a really poor showing they seem to be shattered and lacking in any confidence whatsoever can't seem them winning any games this season judging by this performance"
Lots of judgements there for someone who admitted they didn't see the match

Victorious87 (Wicklow) - Posts: 597 - 27/02/2024 01:39:04    2528520

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I went down to the game as I have in-laws in Clare. Wicklow actually started well and the game was scrappy until the two goals came in. We had no response at all. This game plan is completely useless once we go a few points behind. We don't look capable of cutting defences open.

Brian Nesbitt is a good find this year, think he should be a regular starter now for the rest of the league. The rest of the forwards, apart from Quinn, are struggling to make much of an impact.

Also struggling to find a good partner for Dean Healy in midfield with Podge O'Toole missing.

Victorious87 (Wicklow) - Posts: 597 - 27/02/2024 01:44:46    2528521

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Replying To Victorious87:  "I went down to the game as I have in-laws in Clare. Wicklow actually started well and the game was scrappy until the two goals came in. We had no response at all. This game plan is completely useless once we go a few points behind. We don't look capable of cutting defences open.

Brian Nesbitt is a good find this year, think he should be a regular starter now for the rest of the league. The rest of the forwards, apart from Quinn, are struggling to make much of an impact.

Also struggling to find a good partner for Dean Healy in midfield with Podge O'Toole missing."
Is Podge injured ? I thought he was close to being ready to come back. What you outlined in the game is concerning. Games where we go behind seem to cause problems. Then, I think we probably have the best available or close enough. Those younger lads can only get better - well that would be the hope. I hear that Conor Byrne is out running again. Hopefully he can make it back. He was the sharpest forward in the county last year until that horrific injury, in my opinion anyway.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 917 - 27/02/2024 08:43:52    2528538

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