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Replying To westmeathgaa11:  "Raharneys championship to lose, convincing winners again, when was the last time clonkill didn't make the knockout stages?
LLG toothless again, Castletown won with relative ease, score lines flatters Collinstown, no aonghus on the field either"
The Gaels will take belief all the same that they could cause an upset next time out. Is Aonghus Clarke out for the year or just unavailable yesterday as would be a shock if he was dropped. With him back still fancy CTG to get to the decider

TigerWoods90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 134 - 11/09/2023 17:11:53    2503861

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Replying To TigerWoods90:  "The Gaels will take belief all the same that they could cause an upset next time out. Is Aonghus Clarke out for the year or just unavailable yesterday as would be a shock if he was dropped. With him back still fancy CTG to get to the decider"
Maybe didn't risk him with knock he will back I'd say ctg were 5 or 6pts the better team yesterday only for 2 soft goals

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 201 - 11/09/2023 18:15:06    2503880

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Replying To TigerWoods90:  "The Gaels will take belief all the same that they could cause an upset next time out. Is Aonghus Clarke out for the year or just unavailable yesterday as would be a shock if he was dropped. With him back still fancy CTG to get to the decider"
Aonghus was doing all the drills yesterday and looked sharp enough. Apparently he's just carrying a niggle and Castletown didn't want to risk him and believed they'd beat the Gaels without him, and they were right.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 680 - 11/09/2023 19:04:26    2503888

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Anyone know where I can get score updates on tonight's game? Can't get anything online

Kingcosie (Limerick) - Posts: 12 - 11/09/2023 20:18:15    2503894

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Replying To Kingcosie:  "Anyone know where I can get score updates on tonight's game? Can't get anything online"
You won your bet. Caslepollard 3-7 Daltons 0-10. Not a game that will be remembered judging by that scoreline! Dogfight on a wet evening I presume.

overdabar (Westmeath) - Posts: 225 - 11/09/2023 21:52:17    2503901

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Replying To preddan:  "Don't care what anyone says... It should be four teams in the semis, having one semi is ridiculous, I know only 6 teams in championship but seriously how is one extra game going to do any harm also it would have been a double header. It would have left pollard something to play for tomorrow also if 4 teams were going through"
Preddan, I admire your interest in Westmeath hurling. I presume you are a Kildare man. However to be still in with a chance of winning the championship after 3 defeats would be farcical. Pollard and Clonkill have been defeated 3 times. I believe this format has gotten rid of dead rubber games. All championship games are high intenity from the get go since the format was introduced. Anyway Raharney safely through to the final. Castletown hot favourites to join them. The Gaels would need to produce the performance of their lives in the semi final. Not impossible. They gave Castletown a huge headstart yesterday and were always chasing the game.

overdabar (Westmeath) - Posts: 225 - 11/09/2023 22:02:25    2503903

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Pollard bet Fr.Daltons in shocking bad conditions tonight in kinnegad End score was 3.07 Pollard Fr.Daltons 0.07 it was a very scrappy kind of game given the conditions it was expected. Thought McGrath was very harsh with some of his decisions. Plus side for us we stay up.

pollard123 (Westmeath) - Posts: 11 - 11/09/2023 23:10:43    2503905

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Replying To Kingcosie:  "Anyone know where I can get score updates on tonight's game? Can't get anything online"
So come on tell us how much was the pay out?

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 26 - 11/09/2023 23:39:36    2503906

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Replying To preddan:  "Don't care what anyone says... It should be four teams in the semis, having one semi is ridiculous, I know only 6 teams in championship but seriously how is one extra game going to do any harm also it would have been a double header. It would have left pollard something to play for tomorrow also if 4 teams were going through"
the harm it does is makes matches less competitive.In our 3 championships no team is unbeaten.The top teams cant relax at any stage of the championship so standards will improve as nobody can afford to be sloppy.Its also easy to see that crowds are way up on other years.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1352 - 12/09/2023 00:04:27    2503910

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Raharney have incredible potential. There's about 8 or 9 players on that team who are good enough to start for the county.
They are capable of dominating the Westmeath championship and making huge strides in Leinster.
Virtually all of the Raharney starting team has played county hurling at some grade and almost all of their starting players are good enough to be on the county panel.
Killian Doyle is also a fantastic talent - similar to Heslin in football.

Westmeathgael98 (Westmeath) - Posts: 50 - 12/09/2023 06:30:28    2503915

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Raharney have never won back to back titles despite their illustrious history. To suggest they're going to dominate Westmeath and then make an impact in Leinster is a bit too much. Raharney supporters would love to just win this year's title, Castletown are contenders and can't be written off.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1382 - 12/09/2023 10:28:47    2503939

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Replying To Westmeathgael98:  "Raharney have incredible potential. There's about 8 or 9 players on that team who are good enough to start for the county.
They are capable of dominating the Westmeath championship and making huge strides in Leinster.
Virtually all of the Raharney starting team has played county hurling at some grade and almost all of their starting players are good enough to be on the county panel.
Killian Doyle is also a fantastic talent - similar to Heslin in football."
Calm down haven't won championship yet and Castletown can't be written off if they get into final

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 201 - 12/09/2023 10:43:11    2503943

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With all respect Raharney didn't get too far in Leinster last time. Leinster is a mine field, and that's before u meet TJ and his mates

Bigjoe1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 35 - 12/09/2023 11:39:14    2503958

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Replying To Westmeathgael98:  "Raharney have incredible potential. There's about 8 or 9 players on that team who are good enough to start for the county.
They are capable of dominating the Westmeath championship and making huge strides in Leinster.
Virtually all of the Raharney starting team has played county hurling at some grade and almost all of their starting players are good enough to be on the county panel.
Killian Doyle is also a fantastic talent - similar to Heslin in football."
Your right they have great potential but you can say the very same thing for Castletown.
Castletown have dominated the underage scene in recent years, 3 minor championships in a row along with a couple of u19 championships, they'll win the u19 with ease this year too.
That crop are starting to come through now and making an impact alongside the likes of Niall O'Brien, Aonghus Clarke, David Lynch, Johnny Bermingham, Clavin etc.
They are also without Mick Heeney, Liam Varley and Conor Kane from last year.
I'd say Castletown have the same potential as Raharney if not more.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 680 - 12/09/2023 11:57:24    2503960

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Clonkill went back to back and struggled in leinster. Don't be on about making strides in leinster when there's nothing won. Deep breaths. Castletown will have different ideas too.

Greenandgoldie (Westmeath) - Posts: 98 - 12/09/2023 12:07:30    2503962

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Replying To Dheen:  "Your right they have great potential but you can say the very same thing for Castletown.
Castletown have dominated the underage scene in recent years, 3 minor championships in a row along with a couple of u19 championships, they'll win the u19 with ease this year too.
That crop are starting to come through now and making an impact alongside the likes of Niall O'Brien, Aonghus Clarke, David Lynch, Johnny Bermingham, Clavin etc.
They are also without Mick Heeney, Liam Varley and Conor Kane from last year.
I'd say Castletown have the same potential as Raharney if not more."
Castletown are favourites and the bookies are never too far wrong

CasKD (Westmeath) - Posts: 38 - 12/09/2023 13:37:51    2503978

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Replying To CasKD:  "Castletown are favourites and the bookies are never too far wrong"
Which bookie? One of them has Raharney 5/6 and CTG 6/5.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 532 - 12/09/2023 14:12:17    2503990

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "Which bookie? One of them has Raharney 5/6 and CTG 6/5."
Sorry they were favourites going in to last weekend but obv not now as have 2 matches to win as opposed to one. They will be slight favourites for the final i'd imagine bar a shaky performance against the Gaels

CasKD (Westmeath) - Posts: 38 - 12/09/2023 14:32:04    2503999

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Lads you're verging into fantasy land about team potential and domination. I wouldn't be looking too far ahead by suggesting huge strides could be made in Leinster. Great players in all top senior teams here that represented the county all the way through the grades. In that context, you have to remember the player pool size in Westmeath and the level of competition. Not trying to diminish the ability of these lads by any means. It's no surprise that county teams' backbone has always come from the top senior teams.

Our senior c'ship winning team typically is able to compete well in Leinster. If a team is motivated and doesn't lose key players, they could threaten. However, there's a chasm between competing well and making strides. I don't recall any Westmeath team actually getting to a final. So for me, only a Leinster final appearance could be reflective of breaking new ground.

A favourable draw any year could place Dublin/Kilkenny heavyweights on the opposite side. This year we play Dublin in the 1/4 final with winners of Laois/Kildare the potential semi-final opponents. I'd consider that a good draw but the Dublin champions will be hard beaten even with home advantage.

Roll on the knockout games and hopefully the weather gives the teams a chance to showcase their abilities to the full.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 162 - 12/09/2023 15:48:37    2504015

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Replying To gedupoutofit:  "Lads you're verging into fantasy land about team potential and domination. I wouldn't be looking too far ahead by suggesting huge strides could be made in Leinster. Great players in all top senior teams here that represented the county all the way through the grades. In that context, you have to remember the player pool size in Westmeath and the level of competition. Not trying to diminish the ability of these lads by any means. It's no surprise that county teams' backbone has always come from the top senior teams.

Our senior c'ship winning team typically is able to compete well in Leinster. If a team is motivated and doesn't lose key players, they could threaten. However, there's a chasm between competing well and making strides. I don't recall any Westmeath team actually getting to a final. So for me, only a Leinster final appearance could be reflective of breaking new ground.

A favourable draw any year could place Dublin/Kilkenny heavyweights on the opposite side. This year we play Dublin in the 1/4 final with winners of Laois/Kildare the potential semi-final opponents. I'd consider that a good draw but the Dublin champions will be hard beaten even with home advantage.

Roll on the knockout games and hopefully the weather gives the teams a chance to showcase their abilities to the full."
Dublin champions probably be crokes, they are 20 points better than anything in westmeath.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 38 - 12/09/2023 16:13:18    2504021

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