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Replying To Claretandblue:  "County champions comprehensively beaten in Leinster club, minors beaten by Meath in minor championship, county championship dominated by three clubs, our schools not competitive even in B competition, we're competing in Division 2 and the Kehoe Cup, where's the basis for this optimism?"
I've seen comprehensive wins in u14,u15 and u16 county development squads in the last couple of weeks so there is obviously good work going on there. In relation to the minor losing to Meath, I see that as a bit of a freak result because that age group has some very talented players, and were also missing a few of their best players for that game, that age group has some great prospects, McCormack, Hogan, Maloney, Clarke, O'Reilly etc. Again I've seen recent good results in the schools also, cbs mullingar beating Birr in u14 most notably. We have clearly entered the Kehoe cup to blood the young players in, otherwise Fortune wouldn't have a 50 man panel. You have to try look for the positives Claretandblue because there are many. We have plenty to work with if we are smart. Player retention after u17 is the important thing for a county like ourselves, I think the current u19 competition should be played earlier in the year with more games as well. Final is this week Castletown vs Clonkill

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 268 - 03/12/2021 10:40:44    2391521

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Replying To Dheen:  "I've seen comprehensive wins in u14,u15 and u16 county development squads in the last couple of weeks so there is obviously good work going on there. In relation to the minor losing to Meath, I see that as a bit of a freak result because that age group has some very talented players, and were also missing a few of their best players for that game, that age group has some great prospects, McCormack, Hogan, Maloney, Clarke, O'Reilly etc. Again I've seen recent good results in the schools also, cbs mullingar beating Birr in u14 most notably. We have clearly entered the Kehoe cup to blood the young players in, otherwise Fortune wouldn't have a 50 man panel. You have to try look for the positives Claretandblue because there are many. We have plenty to work with if we are smart. Player retention after u17 is the important thing for a county like ourselves, I think the current u19 competition should be played earlier in the year with more games as well. Final is this week Castletown vs Clonkill"
lets be fair organizing under 19 matches is a nightmare.Talent we have but we deaperately need to broaden our base.The amalgamation teams Na Piarsaigh,Clann Na Gael and St Vincents plus Plunketts,Southern Gaels and Daltons need the coaching committee to help with people on the ground and Brigids need to wake up

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 965 - 05/12/2021 21:04:01    2391796

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