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Replying To A_Chairde:  "Just curious to know what you think makes a club important?"
Ringtown for well over a century have been an important part of Westmeath Hurling.there is a tremendous tradition there with 8 or 9 senior titles. The Kilcoynes, Burkes, Corrigans, Cunninghams, Maxwells, Morans , and many more families and individuals have left a huge mark on our county and have given so much to the county team over as I said a century.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 30/09/2022 19:09:43    2442360

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Best of luck to all teams at ths weekend.
My predictions are
Ringtown 6+
Daltons by 1 or 2 points
Clonkill by 4 or 5 points

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 16 - 30/09/2022 20:07:26    2442369

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Replying To Hurlingmad12:  "Ringtown very reliant on 3/4 hurles??? I would definitely disagree with that after seeing some of there games this year, and the are playing a raharney team who are very reliant on 1 player who is 40 odd years of age. Why would it be good for club hurling in the county to see daltons win exactly?"
Ballymore have been consistently developing players over the last 12+ years
Delvin have had maybe 2 decent underage crops in that time? Boom and bust.

Weren't Turin fielding a 2nd team in junior b up until a year ago?
And aren't the Gaels already an amalgamation?

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1867 - 30/09/2022 21:03:07    2442382

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Replying To valley84:  "Ballymore have been consistently developing players over the last 12+ years
Delvin have had maybe 2 decent underage crops in that time? Boom and bust.

Weren't Turin fielding a 2nd team in junior b up until a year ago?
And aren't the Gaels already an amalgamation?"
I honestly couldn't see Lough Lene Gaels looking for a senior amalgamation, they fielded in all but one of the IHC games this year, yes LLG is already an amalgamation of Rickardstown, Glenidan and Collinstown, albeit since the early 70's. Turin did have a second team up until a few years ago, struggling with numbers now but I can see all small rural clubs struggling in the near future. Fr.Daltons have been developing players for a good while now, which must be hard when you consider all the football clubs around them, I'd say at least 5 football clubs will be represented by Fr.Daltons today.
As for the games this weekend I feel CTG's run of games will benefit them, whereas Clonkill have probably only had one decent championship game all year, also the Downs players on the Clonkill team might be a little distracted with a first senior final next Sunday for them, CTG by 4-6 pts.
The Senior B will be interesting, on paper Delvin should win, but Daltons are fit and will be in their faces for whole games. Delvin had a chance to put Daltons out in the group game and either couldn't or didn't want to, that may come back to bite them. Daltons had a small panel all year but since the football finished they have everyone to pick from. Daltons by 1-3.
I haven't seen Raharney in the Intermediate so can't comment on them. Ringtown played patchy hurling in the semi-final, started slow, hurled for 20 minutes and went in at halftime up by 6 I think. Clonkill played the better hurling for the first 15 of the second but couldn't take their scores, Ringtown left them in the game for a good while until finishing with a flourish,the scoreline was very flattering to them. I hope Ringtown win it, it's a good few years since they lifted an adult championship.
Going forward I'd like to see two semi-finals in the senior and senior B c/ships,Caulry won 1 game and drew another and got into the k/o stages of the senior football. We're always looking at the same 3 in hurling,a 2nd semi would give that fourth team a chance of an upset, say if Cullion had got to a semi-final wouldn't that have been "great for hurling" seeing as that seems to be the phrase of the forum.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 459 - 01/10/2022 10:05:59    2442393

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whoever wins the senior though, you couldnt ask for a harder draw in leinster, playing the kilkenny champs with ballyhale still in the mix there,
in the intermediate probably delvin v tullamore which would be good game

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 651 - 01/10/2022 14:28:42    2442412

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Super win for Ringtown, won by 3 pts but were more convincing winners than that. Mark Cunningham is outstanding, should get plenty of game time for the county in the new year.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 01/10/2022 15:24:50    2442419

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Replying To preddan:  "whoever wins the senior though, you couldnt ask for a harder draw in leinster, playing the kilkenny champs with ballyhale still in the mix there,
in the intermediate probably delvin v tullamore which would be good game"
Delvin beaten by a point by Fr Daltons in an exciting Senior B final.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 01/10/2022 17:27:43    2442424

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Fantastic win for Fr. Dalton's, huge achievement and reward for the efforts of Brian McCabe, Denis O' Rourke, Spike McCornack and Sean Smyth amongst others. Massive work at underage now beating adult fruit. Total team effort today with every player playing a part. Brian Finnerty's goal was crucial and Colm O' Rourke, Eoghan McCabe who scored an incredible winning point, John Gilligan, Sam Maxwell in second half and Kieran Martin were especially influential, great scenes at final whistle with grown Ballymore men in tears. Tough one to take for Delvin, 3-13 a decent score but two successive final defeats as favourites is difficult.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 01/10/2022 20:32:08    2442454

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Castletown to bottle it again !

Westmeath213 (Westmeath) - Posts: 273 - 02/10/2022 12:00:27    2442483

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Replying To Westmeath213:  "Castletown to bottle it again !"
Bottles to celebrate in Castletown tonight!

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1867 - 02/10/2022 17:28:37    2442517

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Never really caught fire as Castletown were the better team throughout. Well done to Castletown. Main thing that I took from today is that the toilets in Cusack Park are a disgrace! A joke for a county final! And 20 euro for a ticket. Its worse the place is getting!! You'd wonder where all the fundraiser money vanished to? Prob went to the county footballers holiday by the sound of things...

Leftpeg1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 81 - 02/10/2022 18:08:33    2442525

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Players hadn't even showers after the game as there was no water in showers or sinks, an absolute disgrace,
Castletown the far hungrier team and probably should have won by more

James73 (Westmeath) - Posts: 40 - 02/10/2022 18:26:31    2442530

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Castletown 10/11 pts better than Clonkill. David O'Reilly was outstanding.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 02/10/2022 18:44:30    2442536

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Replying To Leftpeg1:  "Never really caught fire as Castletown were the better team throughout. Well done to Castletown. Main thing that I took from today is that the toilets in Cusack Park are a disgrace! A joke for a county final! And 20 euro for a ticket. Its worse the place is getting!! You'd wonder where all the fundraiser money vanished to? Prob went to the county footballers holiday by the sound of things..."
Yes Clonkill never got going at all and Castletown full value for their win. Seemed to be more up for it and rare for Clonkill to be outfought and outmuscled, particularly in a final. Very impressed with young David OReilly at FF for CTF. Seemingly not 18 until late December. Think he played football with Rosemount seniors this year too.
CTG seemed to get their match ups right - jordan Smyth, Luke Loughlin, relatively quiet by their standards. Clonkill subs didnt really have an impact, first 2 in were defenders in Moran and Dowdall. Did the longer wait for Clonkill have an impact ? Almost certainly.

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 1033 - 02/10/2022 18:53:32    2442538

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Thought Castletown were in control from the start, Clonkill closed the gap but never really looked like winning it. Mitchell didn't get the space he had in the past, Castletown were in his face every time. The fact that Clonkill had to bring on 2 veterans in Dowdall and Murtagh doesn't say much for some of the younger players.
The toilets are a joke and have been for as long as I can remember.

Bigjoe1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 17 - 02/10/2022 19:08:05    2442542

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Thought Castletown were in control from the start, Clonkill closed the gap but never really looked like winning it. Mitchell didn't get the space he had in the past, Castletown were in his face every time. The fact that Clonkill had to bring on 2 veterans in Dowdall and Murtagh doesn't say much for some of the younger players.
The toilets are a joke and have been for as long as I can remember.

Bigjoe1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 17 - 02/10/2022 19:08:15    2442543

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Castletown full value for the win. David O Reilly was excellent & deserved MOM. Clonkill missed a lot of chances...a good few easy scorable frees & a couple of goal chances could have had it way tighter at the end but CTG the better team & obviously way hungrier after losing the last 3. Clonkill will be back albeit with a younger group over the next few years.
Agree on other posts that the toilets & shower facilities were an absolute disgrace.....Cusack Pk & county board should hold their heads in shame on our biggest club hurling day of the year, not acceptable.

Left Full (Westmeath) - Posts: 221 - 02/10/2022 21:33:21    2442568

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Decent game although Clonkill's wides meant that the gap was always too big to mean an enthralling contest. Bermingham, McKenna and Varley were outstanding in defence and O' Brien and O' Reilly in attack, Mick Heeney had his finest hour in a Castletown jersey, he was close to man of match, Clonkill hit 14-15 wides and missed a glaring goal opportunity. Luke Loughlin only forward who really threatened. Presume Brendan Murtagh will call it a day. Fantastic servant.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 02/10/2022 21:46:04    2442571

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Sad to see the same posts about facilities repeat over the last few years. The last time it was mentioned, the public toilets were pathetic. Hard to see us get an intercounty game as a neutral venue.

There are a number of clubs with excellent quality facilities, yet our county stadium is still in a state of disrepair. By the sounds of it, I'd be fairly certain it's not meeting the minimum requirements for a sports facility.

Well done to Ringtown, Fr Daltons and CTG on their wins. All full value at that and CTG were particularly impressive. A competitive run over the last few games definitely stood to them.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 154 - 03/10/2022 16:52:25    2442685

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The man of the match in the senior final yesterday is only a day or two overage for minor, David O' Reilly showed incredible maturity yesterday in every part of his game, high fielding, brave, accurate, good positional sense and always took the right option. It's some achievement to be man of the match at just 17 in the semi final and final. He was involved in 6-7 scores in the second half and Clonkill couldn't deal with him. Seems an unassuming young man and a hugely popular recipient of the man of the match award.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 03/10/2022 17:11:53    2442690

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