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Replying To 35OLT:  "Always cautiously optimistic posts from you Dheen and nice to see on here.
Dublin and Antrim are not going great and Westmeath seem to have built up a nice head of steam with a lot of players creeping out of injury and back into the fold.
This could be a good league run ahead ( Galway flop aside) if the team play to their strengths.
The Mitchell Williams duo have really clicked and with Killian hopefully back to his best soon we could be looking at 3 marquee forwards on the team.
I'm cautiously optimistic myself this could be a good year for Westmeath hurling.
Underage teams seem to be shaping up really well also"
I see of the 15 starters in the Westmeath under 15 schools team that won the Leinster 11 clubs were represented which is very positive.When you add in the fact that some of the Gaels and Pollard lads go to Oldcastle and Brownstown and Delvin lads go to Athboy and Kells it augurs well.
I really believe the Antrim game is a must win for us now.Two good performances v Limerick and Tipp won't be remembered unless we get the better of the Saffron's.Another thing is this team deserves the support of the Westmeath public who needs to come in big numbers next week

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1483 - 28/02/2024 09:12:07    2528767

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Replying To jobber:  "I see of the 15 starters in the Westmeath under 15 schools team that won the Leinster 11 clubs were represented which is very positive.When you add in the fact that some of the Gaels and Pollard lads go to Oldcastle and Brownstown and Delvin lads go to Athboy and Kells it augurs well.
I really believe the Antrim game is a must win for us now.Two good performances v Limerick and Tipp won't be remembered unless we get the better of the Saffron's.Another thing is this team deserves the support of the Westmeath public who needs to come in big numbers next week"
Scrubbing the Salthill drubbing from memory it's fantastic to see the positive performances and lads taking their chances. Great to see the established key players get back up to speed too.

Hopefully, we have the goods to get a couple of W's and take the momentum forward to the c'ship.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 165 - 28/02/2024 15:30:51    2528820

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Replying To jobber:  "I see of the 15 starters in the Westmeath under 15 schools team that won the Leinster 11 clubs were represented which is very positive.When you add in the fact that some of the Gaels and Pollard lads go to Oldcastle and Brownstown and Delvin lads go to Athboy and Kells it augurs well.
I really believe the Antrim game is a must win for us now.Two good performances v Limerick and Tipp won't be remembered unless we get the better of the Saffron's.Another thing is this team deserves the support of the Westmeath public who needs to come in big numbers next week"
Naturally enough all the talk has been about the u15 hurlers, but over the weekend the u14 hurlers had their first outing down in Laois, highly regarded group as well with a wide spread of clubs represented.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 822 - 28/02/2024 16:14:40    2528827

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On a separate note, I read somewhere that one of the named senior panel had a player from southern gaels included - I may have imagined that.
Is that the first ever player from the club to be named on a senior panel?

35OLT (USA) - Posts: 92 - 28/02/2024 17:52:13    2528836

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Replying To Dheen:  "Naturally enough all the talk has been about the u15 hurlers, but over the weekend the u14 hurlers had their first outing down in Laois, highly regarded group as well with a wide spread of clubs represented."
How did that go some serious talent in that group.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1483 - 28/02/2024 19:13:41    2528847

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Replying To Dheen:  "Naturally enough all the talk has been about the u15 hurlers, but over the weekend the u14 hurlers had their first outing down in Laois, highly regarded group as well with a wide spread of clubs represented."
Under 14 squad is very large thanks to the sponsorship from the Stone's Brothers with players drawn from 14 out of the 15 clubs.
Clonkill 7
CG 6
Brownstown 5
LLG 5
St.Brigid's 4
Delvin 4
Oliver Plunkett's 4
Castlepollard 4
Raharney 4
Turin 3
Fr.Dalton's 3
Crookedwood 1
Ringtown 1
Southern Gaels 1

Of the 50 or so above 22 duel players involved with the football as well. Some serious talent in the ranks.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 44 - 29/02/2024 00:03:22    2528866

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Replying To 35OLT:  "On a separate note, I read somewhere that one of the named senior panel had a player from southern gaels included - I may have imagined that.
Is that the first ever player from the club to be named on a senior panel?"
Correct, Cian McCarthy is on it this year, he was on the u-20 last year. Other Southern Gaels players I can remember who played senior county are; Tony O'Keefe, Seamus Qualter and possibly Brendan Kehoe, he was a good goalie back in the 90s. Chulainn Dowd played with Roscommon last year.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 548 - 29/02/2024 11:03:39    2528905

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Replying To Yellow&Green:  "Under 14 squad is very large thanks to the sponsorship from the Stone's Brothers with players drawn from 14 out of the 15 clubs.
Clonkill 7
CG 6
Brownstown 5
LLG 5
St.Brigid's 4
Delvin 4
Oliver Plunkett's 4
Castlepollard 4
Raharney 4
Turin 3
Fr.Dalton's 3
Crookedwood 1
Ringtown 1
Southern Gaels 1

Of the 50 or so above 22 duel players involved with the football as well. Some serious talent in the ranks."
Serious set up. Fair play to the Stone brothers they have made a massive difference and deserve great credit. It was nice to see them present with Thomas Wrafter when he was being awarded the trophy in the u15 final.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 822 - 29/02/2024 11:41:08    2528917

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Replying To Dheen:  "Serious set up. Fair play to the Stone brothers they have made a massive difference and deserve great credit. It was nice to see them present with Thomas Wrafter when he was being awarded the trophy in the u15 final."
The investment is going to be huge for Westmeath into the future and hopefully the benefits will be seen in senior County teams in a few years time. Hook these lads young, with the bit of gear and the opportunity to wear the county jersey is massive and will drive them on to improve so they can stay in the set up as they get older.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 44 - 29/02/2024 11:50:56    2528921

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "Correct, Cian McCarthy is on it this year, he was on the u-20 last year. Other Southern Gaels players I can remember who played senior county are; Tony O'Keefe, Seamus Qualter and possibly Brendan Kehoe, he was a good goalie back in the 90s. Chulainn Dowd played with Roscommon last year."
i think Kieran Duncan was southern gaels too he played for westmeath seniors about 9 or 10 years ago if memory for me is correct.

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 741 - 29/02/2024 13:45:52    2528934

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Replying To Yellow&Green:  "The investment is going to be huge for Westmeath into the future and hopefully the benefits will be seen in senior County teams in a few years time. Hook these lads young, with the bit of gear and the opportunity to wear the county jersey is massive and will drive them on to improve so they can stay in the set up as they get older."
We have strong u14, u15, u16, minor and u20 County hurling teams this year. Its what we've been building towards for a long time. The Stones brothers investment is boosting this significantly.
The small ball is my game I think that goes without saying, but the investment of the Stones will help the football side of things out massively as well. We can get even better in both codes and show how good of a duel county we are.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 822 - 29/02/2024 14:16:57    2528938

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Replying To Dheen:  "We have strong u14, u15, u16, minor and u20 County hurling teams this year. Its what we've been building towards for a long time. The Stones brothers investment is boosting this significantly.
The small ball is my game I think that goes without saying, but the investment of the Stones will help the football side of things out massively as well. We can get even better in both codes and show how good of a duel county we are."
I have been watching Westmeath hurling for a long time and have never been able to say we are strong at every age group in hurling.I hope you are right because this what makes a top 9 county.Its also a remarkable compliment to our clubs and their coaching.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1483 - 29/02/2024 15:23:19    2528947

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Replying To preddan:  "i think Kieran Duncan was southern gaels too he played for westmeath seniors about 9 or 10 years ago if memory for me is correct."
Correct and right, I knew there was another one, just wouldn't come to me.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 548 - 29/02/2024 15:51:16    2528951

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Replying To jobber:  "I have been watching Westmeath hurling for a long time and have never been able to say we are strong at every age group in hurling.I hope you are right because this what makes a top 9 county.Its also a remarkable compliment to our clubs and their coaching."
When you look across the board, there's been a noticeable change in quality. You can say it's because of a combination of investment from the Stones brothers and also the excellent effort and quality coaching in a lot of the clubs now.
Haven't heard much regarding the minors yet but I know they have quality, backboned by St Oliver Plunketts.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 822 - 29/02/2024 17:12:05    2528960

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Congratulations to David O Reilly who played wing forward for UL as they won the division 1 Freshers league beating Dublin City in final a couple of days after playing v Tipp in Thurles

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1483 - 29/02/2024 18:20:59    2528970

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Replying To Yellow&Green:  "Under 14 squad is very large thanks to the sponsorship from the Stone's Brothers with players drawn from 14 out of the 15 clubs.
Clonkill 7
CG 6
Brownstown 5
LLG 5
St.Brigid's 4
Delvin 4
Oliver Plunkett's 4
Castlepollard 4
Raharney 4
Turin 3
Fr.Dalton's 3
Crookedwood 1
Ringtown 1
Southern Gaels 1

Of the 50 or so above 22 duel players involved with the football as well. Some serious talent in the ranks."
That is not an accurate breakdown

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 272 - 01/03/2024 17:09:01    2529106

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "That is not an accurate breakdown"
Have you got a connection to this group? Or an insight?

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 822 - 02/03/2024 11:40:10    2529196

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "That is not an accurate breakdown"
If you are going to criticize people trying to inform the forum give us the facts as you see them.Then we can all make our minds up.If not keep your powder dry.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1483 - 02/03/2024 13:59:43    2529214

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Replying To Dheen:  "Have you got a connection to this group? Or an insight?"
A bit of an insight I suppose. To the best of my knowledge the previous poster appears to have slightly overstated numbers from a couple of the clubs and understated others, that's all.

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 272 - 02/03/2024 14:32:49    2529220

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "A bit of an insight I suppose. To the best of my knowledge the previous poster appears to have slightly overstated numbers from a couple of the clubs and understated others, that's all."
That's fair, All I heard was that Westmeath fielded two strong teams with plenty of subs on each side. Yellow&Green probably isn't too far off with the breakdown of clubs in fairness to him.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 822 - 02/03/2024 14:40:17    2529223

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