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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "I seriously hope that this isn't the case. Surely the match should go ahead regardless, the whole idea of the pre season competitions is to provide matches for the players, to give game time to developing players. Dublin will probably beat Antrim and potentially go on to play 4 games, and leave others with one game if there's no refixture, that's not right!"
I;m just guessing. Someone, who would generally know such things, told me that this was the case as they won't go beyond the dates set, and have no dates for refixtures.

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 2532 - 11/01/2024 15:35:05    2519650

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Quiet on here the last while, any news on the seniors or u20s? I know its early days.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 16/01/2024 12:52:01    2520440

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Replying To Dheen:  "Quiet on here the last while, any news on the seniors or u20s? I know its early days."
Westmeath and Antrim is going ahead now,

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 2532 - 16/01/2024 13:34:58    2520453

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Replying To BarneyGrant:  "Westmeath and Antrim is going ahead now,"
Good. Where and when ?

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 270 - 16/01/2024 18:13:02    2520533

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Replying To BarneyGrant:  "Westmeath and Antrim is going ahead now,"
Really ... didn't think Antrim would want to travel down again

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 541 - 16/01/2024 18:56:06    2520543

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "Good. Where and when ?"
Tickets on sale the last couple days. Now it's postponed again. Was going to be Thursday I think.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11765 - 16/01/2024 20:05:18    2520553

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Replying To BarneyGrant:  "Westmeath and Antrim is going ahead now,"
That's not true, clubs received emails at 9 this morning to say it wasn't going ahead.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1484 - 16/01/2024 21:08:22    2520570

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Westmeath schools 2nd year beat Offaly schools this morning by 6 points to advance to the Leinster final vs Kilkenny schools. Well done to all involved.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 27/01/2024 20:42:36    2522484

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Replying To Dheen:  "Westmeath schools 2nd year beat Offaly schools this morning by 6 points to advance to the Leinster final vs Kilkenny schools. Well done to all involved."
Always good to get a win but I wouldn't consider this to be of any great significance

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 270 - 28/01/2024 21:11:15    2522842

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "Always good to get a win but I wouldn't consider this to be of any great significance"
That's a very silly and negative comment about 13/14 year olds who have represented the county well and reached a Leinster final. I would say it is a significant result and fair play to them.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 28/01/2024 22:32:48    2522870

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Replying To Dheen:  "That's a very silly and negative comment about 13/14 year olds who have represented the county well and reached a Leinster final. I would say it is a significant result and fair play to them."
Wasn't meant like that, you like to put a negative twist on other posters comments. Of course it's significant to them and fair play to all involved and of course we want them to go the whole way. But in terms of the bigger picture, it's a schools game. I'd be more concerned about our progress or lack of at senior level, it's gonna be a tough couple of years by the look of things, and those 13/14 year olds have a lot of development ahead without putting a burden of expectation on them.

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 270 - 28/01/2024 23:21:29    2522880

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What has progress at senior level to do with it? The poster put in a complimentary message about a fine win for our 14 year olds, there was no slant that was needed to be put on it in response to your negative and pointless response, you achieved that alone.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1484 - 29/01/2024 00:09:09    2522882

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "Wasn't meant like that, you like to put a negative twist on other posters comments. Of course it's significant to them and fair play to all involved and of course we want them to go the whole way. But in terms of the bigger picture, it's a schools game. I'd be more concerned about our progress or lack of at senior level, it's gonna be a tough couple of years by the look of things, and those 13/14 year olds have a lot of development ahead without putting a burden of expectation on them."
It's positive to see results like that happening because these lads will hopefully be the future of the game here in Westmeath. Of course it has no bearing as to what's happening at senior level where we have seen an exodus of players. Hopefully we can see progress at minor and u20 this year and build again. It'll take time no doubt.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 29/01/2024 07:09:32    2522888

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Replying To Dheen:  "It's positive to see results like that happening because these lads will hopefully be the future of the game here in Westmeath. Of course it has no bearing as to what's happening at senior level where we have seen an exodus of players. Hopefully we can see progress at minor and u20 this year and build again. It'll take time no doubt."
It's of great significance in the long run.Thats what we have to do if we are to get to the next level.Think long term and strengthen the base.We are probably facing into a very difficult period at senior level and hurling in the county will need all the underage progress we can get to keep spirits up as well as future development.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1450 - 30/01/2024 05:55:07    2523215

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Tough league ahead for our hurlers as usual but minus Aonghus, Niall O' B, Gary and Robbie Greville and Jack Galvin it's even tougher, Aaron Craig is injured, heavily reliant on Noel being his usual excellent self in goals, Kevin Regan, Jogger, Darragh Egerton in defence, Cormac Boyle, Joey, Doyle twins and Niall Mitchell also further out the field, younger players like David O' Reilly, David Williams, Eoin Daly, Conor Gaffney, Peter Clarke and Rian Holding will prob start on Saturday.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1484 - 30/01/2024 16:57:47    2523348

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Tough league ahead for our hurlers as usual but minus Aonghus, Niall O' B, Gary and Robbie Greville and Jack Galvin it's even tougher, Aaron Craig is injured, heavily reliant on Noel being his usual excellent self in goals, Kevin Regan, Jogger, Darragh Egerton in defence, Cormac Boyle, Joey, Doyle twins and Niall Mitchell also further out the field, younger players like David O' Reilly, David Williams, Eoin Daly, Conor Gaffney, Peter Clarke and Rian Holding will prob start on Saturday."
I believe one or even both Greville brothers are coming back and Conor Shaw so that Will help.I Hope we dont expect too much from the Young players because at the Galway/Limerick level its going to be very tough.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1450 - 30/01/2024 18:59:29    2523374

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Tough league ahead for our hurlers as usual but minus Aonghus, Niall O' B, Gary and Robbie Greville and Jack Galvin it's even tougher, Aaron Craig is injured, heavily reliant on Noel being his usual excellent self in goals, Kevin Regan, Jogger, Darragh Egerton in defence, Cormac Boyle, Joey, Doyle twins and Niall Mitchell also further out the field, younger players like David O' Reilly, David Williams, Eoin Daly, Conor Gaffney, Peter Clarke and Rian Holding will prob start on Saturday."
Spot on. Tough league ahead and it's important we don't put pressure on the players and management.. the league will be tough enough in itself on them. The exposure to Division 1 hurling for Peter Clarke, David O'Reilly, Conor Gaffney, Rhian Holding and David Williams will stand massively to them when they play for u20s you'd imagine, that'd be a positive.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 30/01/2024 19:19:13    2523379

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Huge challenge tomorrow in Pearse Stadium for a very inexperienced side, no Grevilles, no Doyles, no Aonghus, Niall O' B, Conor Shaw, Aaron Craig, Jack Galvin, Jogger and Joey Boyle, last two plus Killian are subs, nine different clubs represented on starting fifteen which must be close to the highest ever, Conor Gaffney deservedly at corner back, Micheal Daly at midfield alongside Shane McGovern, Kevin Regan centre back, Jack Galvin wing back, David Williams and Peter Clarke in forwards, lot on Darragh Egerton and Niall Mitchell's shoulders, Fortune certainly has a tough league, hopefully builds resilience for McDonagh Cup,

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1484 - 02/02/2024 18:19:27    2523910

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Huge challenge tomorrow in Pearse Stadium for a very inexperienced side, no Grevilles, no Doyles, no Aonghus, Niall O' B, Conor Shaw, Aaron Craig, Jack Galvin, Jogger and Joey Boyle, last two plus Killian are subs, nine different clubs represented on starting fifteen which must be close to the highest ever, Conor Gaffney deservedly at corner back, Micheal Daly at midfield alongside Shane McGovern, Kevin Regan centre back, Jack Galvin wing back, David Williams and Peter Clarke in forwards, lot on Darragh Egerton and Niall Mitchell's shoulders, Fortune certainly has a tough league, hopefully builds resilience for McDonagh Cup,"
It's Ciaran on the bench, Killian isn't, is he injured?

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 03/02/2024 07:30:38    2523958

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David Williams, Conor Gaffney, Peter Clarke, Rhian Holding and David O'Reilly will benefit massively from playing against the physicality and speed of teams like Galway, when they go to play with the u20s this year they won't come up against that level.

Jogger, Joey Boyle and Ciaran Doyle are subs but expect them 3 to start.
Is there any chance of management convincing Aonghus Clarke, Niall O'Brien and and the grevilles to play Joe Mcdonagh? Probably not but worth a try.

Jamie Mulkearns out injured along with Killian Doyle and Davy Glennon it seems.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 776 - 03/02/2024 07:42:19    2523961

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