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No B teams for St Brigids, Brownstown or Turin I noticed this year, that's a bit of a worry, I think they were always able to put out a second team of some sort through the years.

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 651 - 16/09/2022 18:55:38    2440921

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "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."
Raharney just against Castletown,Daltons to beat Brownstown with Ringtown and Castletown to reach IHC.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 16/09/2022 21:54:39    2440926

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Senior
Raharney by 3+

Senior B
Brownstown by 1 or 2
Bridgits to narrowly beat Plunketts

Intermediate
Ringtown and Raharney to both win by 7+

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 16 - 17/09/2022 09:45:16    2440937

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Replying To Maroonatic:  "Much appreciated. Hoping to get to a game there on Sunday"
The Senior B game (at 2pm) should be close, exciting and entertaining, hard too know what the quality will be like, both teams have a few decent players. I'm hoping for a good quality game between Raharaney & CTG.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 459 - 17/09/2022 10:20:04    2440944

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B teams for Brigids, Turin or Brownstown? They're doing well to field 20 players for one team. They're amalgamated at underage level for last few years, continuing to field one adult team over the next decade will constitute success for those clubs.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 17/09/2022 11:12:18    2440950

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Castletown Geoghegan and Raharney to contest the minor hurling final after wins over Na Piarsaigh and Fr Daltons respectively.
Castletown going for 3 in a row.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 17/09/2022 13:36:05    2440959

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "B teams for Brigids, Turin or Brownstown? They're doing well to field 20 players for one team. They're amalgamated at underage level for last few years, continuing to field one adult team over the next decade will constitute success for those clubs."
They used to have second teams that's all im saying,

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 651 - 17/09/2022 21:02:17    2440989

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Replying To preddan:  "They used to have second teams that's all im saying,"
Brigids & Brownstown have struggled in the last 5 yrs or so in fielding a 2nd team, Turin had a junior team 2 yrs ago, the Turin one is strange when all you hear is that they're the main part of Na Piarsaigh. Brigids gone down to Intermediate now, slippery slope.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 459 - 18/09/2022 15:24:33    2441035

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Plunketts defeated St Brigids on penalties in The Downs. Plunketts were the best team for most of the game but far too many wides. Had to come from 2 behind in the closing mins to force ET. Big sigh of relief for the town team, think they expected to be involved in the knockout stages, not fighting for survival. The Downs have some facilities out there.

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 1033 - 18/09/2022 17:58:59    2441048

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "The Senior B game (at 2pm) should be close, exciting and entertaining, hard too know what the quality will be like, both teams have a few decent players. I'm hoping for a good quality game between Raharaney & CTG."
Castletown far too good in second half despite Aonghus Clarke and to a lesser extent Niall O Brien being average.Should be a great final but I dont think those young players will have it so eaay with the Clonkill defenders.Brownstown diacipline and over dependance on Niall Leonard cost them Philip Gilsenan a huge loss.I cant see Daltons upsetting Delvin who look odds on despite John Gilligan, O Rourke and Mccabe being very good.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 18/09/2022 18:24:07    2441053

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Castletown were excellent, won by 7 points but could and should have won by more. Their young players Peter Clarke and David O'Reilly were superb.
Liam Varley, Niall O'Brien and Shane Clavin were also very good.
Aonghus Clarke was quiet by his standards but no doubt will be on form for final.
Raharney were very reliant on Killian Doyle whereas CTG proved they have a superior team, far more players on the scoreboard.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 18/09/2022 20:48:12    2441090

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Also, Eoin Keyes proved to be a big loss for Raharney, he's improved a lot in the last year and would have been a help up front. Ciaran Doyle was decent but ultimately as I said in previous post the reliance of Killian Doyle particularly from Frees in this game proved costly to them.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 18/09/2022 21:02:48    2441094

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Plucky Plunketts..Tight match but only for poor shooting would have won in normal time. Was that first penalty shootout in Westmeath championship…

Baldy1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 76 - 19/09/2022 07:32:19    2441112

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Fair analysis there Dheen on yesterday's game. Surprised that Raharney didn't have more strength in depth off the bench considering recent underage successes and their second string in Intermediate final, Devin Hill looked very lively when introduced and Eoin Keyes was a big loss, he gives their attack a focal point. Castletown far superior and at full strength they were always going to be contenders, they could afford to leave Joe Clarke, David Maloney, Eoin Quinn and Brandon Carey on the line. Peter Clarke who scored 1-2 and man of the match David O' Reilly are excellent young additions to their squad and they have momentum as they face Clonkill. Lot of pressure on Buddah's men though, doubtful if any side has ever lost 4 consecutive senior finals, how they handle Niall Mitchell will be crucial, they got it badly wrong in group stages and Mitchell totally ran the game. Clonkill would love to win the championship by winning every game. Both sides have introduced quite a few young players this year with Clonkill using Josh Murtagh, Oisin Loughlin, Andrew Shaw, Matthew Glynn and Rian Holding while Castletown have Clarke, O' Reilly, Jack Gallagher and Morgan Gavigan. Promises to be a cracker.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 19/09/2022 10:03:52    2441137

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Castletown even when going well yesterday trusted their bench and it worked well, Raharney surely should have tried to make a few more changes earlier aswell. Castletown won yesterday without o Brien and Clarke up to their usual standards which is a good thing for them. Raharney missed a ball winner in the full forward line due to Keyes injury and Castletown won the battle around the middle especially when O Reilly moved out the field. Final should be a cracker.

Was surprised the relegation match went to penalties, surely as it's the last game of the season a rematch would have been better? Cruel way to go down but seems Plunketts deserved it going by the comments.

Intermediate final should be good aswell with Raharney pushing to leave the year with some silverware and Ringtown trying to finally get over the line .

Gaawestmeath (Westmeath) - Posts: 56 - 19/09/2022 10:45:38    2441150

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Agree that being relegated on penalties seems harsh but championship finals could be decided on penalties too although after a replay.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 19/09/2022 11:18:46    2441157

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Replying To Maroonatic:  "Much appreciated. Hoping to get to a game there on Sunday"
The Senior B game (at 2pm) should be close, exciting and entertaining, hard too know what the quality will be like, both teams have a few decent players. I'm hoping for a good quality game between Raharaney & CTG.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 459 - 21/09/2022 20:19:22    2441477

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good performance by ctg last sunday. seem to have a strong squad there. niall o brien had a great game. young o reilly had a serious second half and when he fills out he will take some stopping. peter clarke took goal very well and is very dangerous inside if left there.. gussi clarke very quiet missed alot too. varley and lynch cleaned up plenty of ball. ctg might be slight fav in final. ctg will surely have more fire.

kilshamrocks (Westmeath) - Posts: 78 - 22/09/2022 12:05:45    2441537

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Replying To kilshamrocks:  "good performance by ctg last sunday. seem to have a strong squad there. niall o brien had a great game. young o reilly had a serious second half and when he fills out he will take some stopping. peter clarke took goal very well and is very dangerous inside if left there.. gussi clarke very quiet missed alot too. varley and lynch cleaned up plenty of ball. ctg might be slight fav in final. ctg will surely have more fire."
I would not bet on anyone having more fire than Clonkill they have shown tons of it over the last decade. They have dominated Castletown who will have to up their game big time if they are to get over the line.Dara Egerton and co wont be as accomadating as Raharney.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 24/09/2022 15:52:58    2441717

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Replying To jobber:  "I would not bet on anyone having more fire than Clonkill they have shown tons of it over the last decade. They have dominated Castletown who will have to up their game big time if they are to get over the line.Dara Egerton and co wont be as accomadating as Raharney."
Looking forward to the final, there will only be a puck of the ball in it. Very hard to call, Clonkill have a strong panel, plenty of strength in depth but so have CTG.
The addition of young guns David O'Reilly and Peter Clarke have added serious quality to their starting 15. Plenty of talent and experience on the bench too with the likes of Conor Murphy, Joe Clarke, Morgan Gavigan, Neal Kirby, David Maloney and Eoin Quinn.
Clonkill have been playing Mitchell in a sweeping role this year which has worked wonders for them so it'll be interesting to see will they continue doing that or put him into the full forward line for the final, he's a handful no matter where he is on the field.
Peadar Scally has also been very good at centre back this year for them and has been unlucky not to feature much for the county team.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 24/09/2022 16:36:59    2441724

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