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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Rules need to be changed in advance of competitions next year with one walkover meaning elimination from competition and a significant fine of say €2,000 that would focus club minds. Castletown, Cullion more than once, Garrycastle, Athlone, Shandonagh amongst those who've decided not to field at various stages, in some cases or indeed all, it was a case of deciding not to field rather than being unable to."
I'd say the fact Castletown v Ringtown fixture was on the same time as 5 of ctgs starting 15 were playing football was the reason ctg gave Ringtown the walkover ,very poor by County board

Blackandamber11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 17 - 12/09/2022 08:37:21    2440366

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Rules need to be changed in advance of competitions next year with one walkover meaning elimination from competition and a significant fine of say €2,000 that would focus club minds. Castletown, Cullion more than once, Garrycastle, Athlone, Shandonagh amongst those who've decided not to field at various stages, in some cases or indeed all, it was a case of deciding not to field rather than being unable to."
County board pushed clubs like cullion and LLG to join the intermediate knowing full well that there could be issues around them fielding in the latter rounds.

Bunbros11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 67 - 12/09/2022 08:49:44    2440367

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Replying To Gaawestmeath:  "Ringtown two weeks in a row with a walkover against Cullion and then in a playoff against Castletown both given a walkover a the morning of the game. The competition doesn't seem to be very well looked after?"
Ringtown now going into a semi final without a game played in 4 weeks and the other 3 all played last weekend. If a 2nd string senior team concedes a championship game they should be removed from the competition regardless if they are in a semi final or not

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 16 - 12/09/2022 09:10:08    2440370

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A disgrace by Castletown.The 2023 championshisps must have thousand euro fines as automatic for failure to fulfill championship games.Farcical especially as they have the numbers.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 12/09/2022 13:37:26    2440414

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Replying To jobber:  "A disgrace by Castletown.The 2023 championshisps must have thousand euro fines as automatic for failure to fulfill championship games.Farcical especially as they have the numbers."
Not really its a stupid play off that was required because of a different walkover. Castletown scoring diff would've been worse than ringtown without the cullion result so they opted to take second place and play the semi final

CasKD (Westmeath) - Posts: 10 - 12/09/2022 14:10:19    2440422

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Replying To jobber:  "A disgrace by Castletown.The 2023 championshisps must have thousand euro fines as automatic for failure to fulfill championship games.Farcical especially as they have the numbers."
Ctg have Intermediate panel of 22 ,how could they be expected to fulfil a fixture that clashes with 5 of starting 15 playing football this never happened to any dual club before

Blackandamber11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 17 - 12/09/2022 14:22:09    2440424

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Replying To jobber:  "A disgrace by Castletown.The 2023 championshisps must have thousand euro fines as automatic for failure to fulfill championship games.Farcical especially as they have the numbers."
How is it a disgrace by Castletown? The county board are at fault for fixing a game the same day that St Joseph's and Ballinagore were playing decisive football games. Both these clubs have players on the Castletown intermediate team.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 12/09/2022 14:52:55    2440427

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I don't believe for a second Castletown couldn't have fielded 15 hurlers for an intermediate game regardless of missing some footballers. The original problem lies with Cullion who could have also fielded but opted to not take play the game due to ringtown aiming for score difference. There was no other place to play the game as it was a forced playoff but it's not like Castletown only realised they'd be missing the footballers Saturday , they should have said they can't field straight away and took the problem up with the county board rather than wait till the morning of the game. As another poster said Ringtown haven't played in a while now with two cancellations. With notice they could have played a challenge.

Thought's on the semi finals for the intermediate , I think there will only be a puck of the ball in both games and I can't call them either way yet.

Gaawestmeath (Westmeath) - Posts: 56 - 12/09/2022 18:45:04    2440457

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Replying To Gaawestmeath:  "I don't believe for a second Castletown couldn't have fielded 15 hurlers for an intermediate game regardless of missing some footballers. The original problem lies with Cullion who could have also fielded but opted to not take play the game due to ringtown aiming for score difference. There was no other place to play the game as it was a forced playoff but it's not like Castletown only realised they'd be missing the footballers Saturday , they should have said they can't field straight away and took the problem up with the county board rather than wait till the morning of the game. As another poster said Ringtown haven't played in a while now with two cancellations. With notice they could have played a challenge.

Thought's on the semi finals for the intermediate , I think there will only be a puck of the ball in both games and I can't call them either way yet."
I agree completely, castletown knew football was on so surely could of gave more notice than morning of the game. Cullion failed to field in 2 games so what will punishment be there?

For me i think Ringtown look like the team to beat with maybe raharney tue biggest threat to them

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 16 - 13/09/2022 08:31:49    2440475

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Replying To Dheen:  "How is it a disgrace by Castletown? The county board are at fault for fixing a game the same day that St Joseph's and Ballinagore were playing decisive football games. Both these clubs have players on the Castletown intermediate team."
whilst i agree the board should not have fixed the game for that day, Castletown could have fulfilled the fixture.We have to respect our competitions and the clubs who are solely intermediate need to be respected aa they too are important for hurling in the county.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 13/09/2022 12:49:40    2440517

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Anyone recommend the best/safest place to park around Cusack Park on matchdays? I hear, as is the case in many other towns sadly, leaving your car unattended in some areas near the stadium is not advised. I'm not familiar with Cusack Park so any tips gratefully received.

Maroonatic (Galway) - Posts: 1047 - 15/09/2022 19:19:19    2440822

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Replying To Maroonatic:  "Anyone recommend the best/safest place to park around Cusack Park on matchdays? I hear, as is the case in many other towns sadly, leaving your car unattended in some areas near the stadium is not advised. I'm not familiar with Cusack Park so any tips gratefully received."
You cant go wrong with Dunnes Stores or Buckleys (supervalue). Very safe locations but may have to pay for it on a saturday

soreknee (Westmeath) - Posts: 162 - 15/09/2022 21:20:15    2440833

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Lynn road

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 187 - 15/09/2022 21:28:29    2440834

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Replying To Maroonatic:  "Anyone recommend the best/safest place to park around Cusack Park on matchdays? I hear, as is the case in many other towns sadly, leaving your car unattended in some areas near the stadium is not advised. I'm not familiar with Cusack Park so any tips gratefully received."
Never heard of any issues parking in Mullingar for matches. Buckley's Supervalu is right beside Cusack Park and there are a couple of smaller council car parks nearby also. Dunnes have a large car park too at Harbour Place Shopping Centre which is very close - just walk through the shopping centre. Council ones generally free on Sundays.

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 1033 - 15/09/2022 21:38:44    2440836

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Replying To Maroonatic:  "Anyone recommend the best/safest place to park around Cusack Park on matchdays? I hear, as is the case in many other towns sadly, leaving your car unattended in some areas near the stadium is not advised. I'm not familiar with Cusack Park so any tips gratefully received."
Dunnes Stores carpark, only €1 for 3 hours and free on Sunday, Supervalu is a council carpark so €1/hr but again free on Sundays/bank hols. Someone mentioned the Lynn road, if you want a good 15min stroll before the game. Poster possibly meant Millmount beside the community college. For normal club games Dunnes or Supervalu should have space.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 459 - 16/09/2022 10:26:52    2440864

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "Dunnes Stores carpark, only €1 for 3 hours and free on Sunday, Supervalu is a council carpark so €1/hr but again free on Sundays/bank hols. Someone mentioned the Lynn road, if you want a good 15min stroll before the game. Poster possibly meant Millmount beside the community college. For normal club games Dunnes or Supervalu should have space."
I notice they have closed the public car park on harbour street across from the presentation school, and built an apartment block/offices there. Shame as it was always a go to one and would have many parking there on matchdays.
I'd agree with the recommendations of Harbout place shopping centre, never had any issues parking there.

iarmhi_an_mhaith (Westmeath) - Posts: 252 - 16/09/2022 10:58:25    2440873

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Any issues around parking are to do with near the tunnel area and that section of parking, otherwise places mentioned are fine.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 16/09/2022 11:19:57    2440877

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Replying To jobber:  "whilst i agree the board should not have fixed the game for that day, Castletown could have fulfilled the fixture.We have to respect our competitions and the clubs who are solely intermediate need to be respected aa they too are important for hurling in the county."
If Cullion (and Lough Lene Gaels) hadn't given walkovers then a playoff wouldn't be required. This is the first time in years that Cullion & LLG entered the IHC. It all stems from the Junior competitions not been ran off during the summer months, clubs go out of the championship and are fixed for a junior game weeks later. During the leagues, clubs were playing junior & senior games on Saturdays & Sundays, in the football the senior clubs are able to take part in the junior, so why can't JHC games be played? As for this weekends games I'll go for a Ringtown/CTG IHC final, but the semi's could go either way. Brigids to win the relegation game narrowly over Plunketts, Daltons to beat Brownstown, narrowly again, and Raharney to beat CTG in the senior in a close game. I believe we're in for a weekend of very close games.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 459 - 16/09/2022 12:21:37    2440884

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Any issues around parking are to do with near the tunnel area and that section of parking, otherwise places mentioned are fine."
I don't think the tunnel is a problem these days. Would have been an issue with anti-social antics in the past but I don't think that's a concern anymore. I've used the car park next to it on several occasions over the last few years. The cars are going to be there during daylight hours anyway. There would be plenty of people walking by and customers of the asian supermarket too. It's about as risky as anywhere else in town IMO.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 154 - 16/09/2022 13:02:32    2440886

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Much appreciated. Hoping to get to a game there on Sunday

Maroonatic (Galway) - Posts: 1047 - 16/09/2022 17:19:22    2440911

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