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Replying To kilshamrocks:  "You are gone very quiet.. it's shows that castletown have a very good and solid team to play in 4 county finals in a row and I don't think they are a aging team either.."
Castletown have the best hurlers in the county, they were unlucky to have not won another one or two of those 4 finals. I'd expect them to back it up next year as well. Currently going for 3 minors in a row and a double in u19, the players are there, and more coming. They always have that tradition of producing fine, wristy hurlers. David O'Reilly and Peter Clarke have been super additions to the senior team and Peter Murphy, Sean Jackson, and David Maloney have the potential to come into that team next year.
Seriously tough taskfor them vs Ballyhale Shamrocks down in Nowlan Park in a couple of weeks time, but they are well capable of giving them plenty of it, they'll need Aonghus Clarke back on top form to attempt to go toe to toe with the best club team in Ireland.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 18/10/2022 18:33:50    2444535

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Replying To Dheen:  "Had his hands full marking Darragh McCormack of Pollard who I put in the team because had a couple of excellent games until his injury."
Got roasted ya mean

CasKD (Westmeath) - Posts: 10 - 19/10/2022 11:07:51    2444580

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Replying To Dheen:  "Castletown have the best hurlers in the county, they were unlucky to have not won another one or two of those 4 finals. I'd expect them to back it up next year as well. Currently going for 3 minors in a row and a double in u19, the players are there, and more coming. They always have that tradition of producing fine, wristy hurlers. David O'Reilly and Peter Clarke have been super additions to the senior team and Peter Murphy, Sean Jackson, and David Maloney have the potential to come into that team next year.
Seriously tough taskfor them vs Ballyhale Shamrocks down in Nowlan Park in a couple of weeks time, but they are well capable of giving them plenty of it, they'll need Aonghus Clarke back on top form to attempt to go toe to toe with the best club team in Ireland."
Without a doubt they have serious talent and they showed real bottle this year.If Aonghus Clarke ,Clavin and Varley return to their very best they can be competive with Ballyhale.History shows they win a championship playing lovely quality hurlng and then disappear for a couple of years.As usual rumours of players going travelling in 2023.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1116 - 19/10/2022 14:38:34    2444621

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Brilliant Minor A hurling final in the Downs today, very exciting to the very end. Castletown winning their third minor championship in a row, a great achievement. Peter Murphy, Shane Corcoran, Sean Jackson outstanding today for them. They are coming with a new team, behind the team that won the senior championship this year.
Hard luck to Raharney, they also have some promising young players. It'll be interesting to see will any team come and break the dominance that Castletown, Clonkill and Raharney have had this good while.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 22/10/2022 17:13:23    2445041

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Hard luck to killian Doyle but still a massive achievement even to be nominated with such stars of the modern game.
Even To be nominated with the likes of Gillane,and Kelly, 2 of the top hurlers in the country right now, with TJ who's set to be one of the greatest of all time is fair going.

Bigjoe1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 17 - 28/10/2022 21:08:57    2445826

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Replying To Bigjoe1:  "Hard luck to killian Doyle but still a massive achievement even to be nominated with such stars of the modern game.
Even To be nominated with the likes of Gillane,and Kelly, 2 of the top hurlers in the country right now, with TJ who's set to be one of the greatest of all time is fair going."
Considering some of the hurlers who weren't nominated, any nomination is a big achievement

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 278 - 29/10/2022 15:08:56    2445873

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great to be recognized .. bet hes happy with that. shamrocks really turned on the style in county final when they had a guy sent off.. brillant hurling for that time of year. going be very hard for ctg to keep the score down. but a tight first half would be a good effort for them. any injuries ?

kilshamrocks (Westmeath) - Posts: 78 - 02/11/2022 09:27:37    2446182

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Any thoughts on how Castletown will square up against Ballyhale this weekend ?

35OLT (USA) - Posts: 60 - 07/11/2022 18:45:45    2446795

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Replying To 35OLT:  "Any thoughts on how Castletown will square up against Ballyhale this weekend ?"
Ballyhale are one of the favourites for the all Ireland so its a mammoth task for CTG, especially down in Nowlan Park! Most teams would do well to get within 10 pts of Ballyhale. Castletown can definitely put it up to them, they will need Liam Varley, Niall O'Brien, Michael Heeney, Johnny Bermingham, Peter Clarke, David O'Reilly and especially Aonghus Clarke on top form. Aonghus hasn't been playing to his lofty standards all year, but if he turns up at the weekend it'll give Castletown a good chance of being competitive.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 07/11/2022 20:51:04    2446807

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Replying To 35OLT:  "Any thoughts on how Castletown will square up against Ballyhale this weekend ?"
If Castletown hold them to a point a man they'll have done well

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 187 - 07/11/2022 21:07:44    2446811

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Considering what Ballygunner did to Kilruane on Sunday I'd say Castletown would gladly take a 10-12 defeat, Balylhale on a mission after last minute defeat in last year's final, they'd beat 21-22 inter county teams. Castletown have had a lengthy gap since final but have prepared well.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 08/11/2022 12:52:55    2446868

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Ringtown very very unlucky today to be bet after extra time. They were a point up going into injury time of normal time and looked like they were going to win after being 5 points down at half time. They looked like the tank was empty in extra time unfortunately. Ringtown were by far the better team overall but hit far to many wides and missed 2 or 3 definite goal chances

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 16 - 12/11/2022 19:05:32    2447319

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Great effort by Ringtown today, v unlucky not to win the game in normal time, were kinda spun out in et but still should be v proud, kilkenny clubs have a stranglehold on the leinster junior and will be interesting to see how black and whites do going forward. Ringtown a small rural club with a great history and tradition let's hope they keep moving forward and rid this notion of amalgamation with other small clubs.

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 651 - 12/11/2022 19:18:34    2447321

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If you can't field a team, you have to amalgamate

Look at cullion/delvin. Both with very big picks.

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1867 - 12/11/2022 20:39:26    2447334

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Replying To preddan:  "Great effort by Ringtown today, v unlucky not to win the game in normal time, were kinda spun out in et but still should be v proud, kilkenny clubs have a stranglehold on the leinster junior and will be interesting to see how black and whites do going forward. Ringtown a small rural club with a great history and tradition let's hope they keep moving forward and rid this notion of amalgamation with other small clubs."
Ringtown had 34 togged out yesterday so dont think numbers is an issue there and alot of them are only young lads

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 16 - 13/11/2022 13:18:07    2447365

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5-25 to 0-15 for Ballyhale, prob par for the course, Ballyhale greatest club team of all time, they'd beat 21-22 inter county sides.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 13/11/2022 15:21:22    2447382

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Replying To Hurlingmad12:  "Ringtown had 34 togged out yesterday so dont think numbers is an issue there and alot of them are only young lads"
Ringtown through to junior B final too.

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 1033 - 13/11/2022 16:15:36    2447393

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "5-25 to 0-15 for Ballyhale, prob par for the course, Ballyhale greatest club team of all time, they'd beat 21-22 inter county sides."
Some hammering.

Clonkill got within 9 points of them in 2019

5 points in it with 10 to go, was a great game with TJ might I add.

That today was brutal for anyone involved with Westmeath hurling.

Onionbagger (Westmeath) - Posts: 66 - 13/11/2022 16:53:35    2447397

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Replying To Onionbagger:  "Some hammering.

Clonkill got within 9 points of them in 2019

5 points in it with 10 to go, was a great game with TJ might I add.

That today was brutal for anyone involved with Westmeath hurling."
Castletown were always going to be up against it down in Nowlan Park today, as a previous post said, Ballyhale are the best club team of all time and would beat a lot of inter County sides. Of Clonkill or Raharney went down today it'd have been the same outcome.
Castletown's young players tried hard, particularly Jack Gallagher and Peter Clarke scoring 0-07 from play between them.
They'll be back stronger next season with some promising players from minor and possibly a few players returning.
Ballyhale will win out Leinster comfortably and i expect them to win the All Ireland too

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 461 - 13/11/2022 17:42:16    2447404

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Ballyhale cruised to victory three years ago versus Clonkill, it was never a contest, Clonkill's late goals put a flattering look on scoreboard, Ballyhale a different animal now after defeat in injury time of last year's All Ireland final, they've won Kilkenny at a canter and resting TJ today for bigger tests down the line shows their intent. Tipp champions were beaten by 14-15 last week by Ballygunner, there are three outstanding sides left in All Ireland club, Ballyhale, Na Piarsaigh and Ballygunner.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 13/11/2022 18:03:59    2447411

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