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Meath V Tipperary NFL Rd 1 - 20 Like(s)

Replying To Young_gael:  "Seeing as youre in that kind of mood old fella, I think youre too opinionated and sometimes write garbage. So much for your own expertise. Thank you for welcoming me to the forum but I dont need a welcoming committee from you because its totally public."
Well that escalated quickly!!!!

Richieq (Meath) - 14/01/2019 21:21:18

Meath V Kildare - 19 Like(s)

Replying To Foley91:  "Against popular opinion I'm with nobull on this. Meath were very poor at times and pass and shot selection was well below whats required. I'm not sure what o'sullivans role is. He's all over the place and on a wet day carried the ball for too long. We were wide open in the first half and our full back ok were exposed one on one. Kildare lauded the midfield in the first half. It's a reflection of how far we've fallen that we are dancing out of navan in March after a win over a poor kildare team on the way down."
Ah give over will you, yes the performance was below par at times and yes our shooting was way off at times but the guts, heart and determination shown in that second half was immense, 12 months ago we wouldn't have won a game like that and you would be spouting the exact same stuff, we have won 4 out of 5 and are on the brink of Division 1 after a display and ending that had Navan on its feet and in all honesty if we had our shooting boots on we would have won that game between 4-6 points, we dominated the second half almost entirely. There is improvement in this team and I'm glad to see Meath supporters realise that and showed their support in numbers today despite the awful weather.

Richieq (Meath) - 03/03/2019 20:14:28

Meath V Clare - 18 Like(s)
Over in New York and by God I had an extra pep in my step walking about the place today, had a feeling this would be a tough game as Clare had some much to play for so to come away with a 5 point win was fantastic, plenty to work on still but the work rate and intensity is improving all the time. Very important to keep momentum going now and beat Fermanagh to seal promotion in style, if we though Navan was loud v Kildare by Christ wait till next Sunday :-)

Richieq (Meath) - 18/03/2019 00:48:00

Meath V Laois - 18 Like(s)

Replying To Jack_Goff:  "Funny to think if we win this, many Dublin fans will have seen us play 3 times! I'm expecting a tough battle but unless we are 5+ down with 15 to go I think our fitness will see us through. The league final experience in Croker will stand to this team. I suppose you could say the same for Laois. They are Div 3 champs yeah? If we win will many of you attend the leinster final? The result is a foregone conclusion and it's not going to be cheap."
If Meath are in a Leinster Final I'll be there and so should we all, whether it's a forgone conclusion or not, that way of thinking has to change someday, the Dubs have two arms, two legs and a head the same as our lads but if your mental state is such that your going out to get an ass whipping then that's invariably what happens, positive thoughts gentlemen, positive thoughts

Richieq (Meath) - 27/05/2019 15:51:29

Division 2 2018 - 18 Like(s)

Replying To Crinigan:  "Where did I say I hated Ashbourne, Kilbride, Dunboyne etc? And why would anyone hate Dublin people? Or are you are insinuating that you hate Dublin people? To quote your goodself..."Nobody in the county hates the Dubs more than those in Ratoath, Ashbourne and Dunboyne that have lived through a failed attempted invasion"....that's pretty strong lad. Isn't Trump the one that's supposed to hate immigrants? Are you the Irish Trump maybe? I did say however that since he doesn't seem to remember Paddy O Rourke playing a good game outfield for Meath and he thinks Mickey Newman is finished at 27, that maybe since he clearly hasn't a clue what he's talking about, he could be a recent addition to Rataoth and is therefore new to Meath football, which going by recent census figures is in fact a statistical probability. Now Take a deep breathe and relax yourself. And go easy on the Dubs, they are your fellow Irishmen."
Like the Dubs yourself do you? Mannerly and respectful towards you at all times are they? Never shove their cockiness in your face and claim "ah sure there was nothing out here till we moved out". Come out to Ratoath some night and bask in their presence so over a can or two of Dutch Gold sndva batter burger and you'll soon appreciate how much "Meath" the native Ratoath people are and how whilst outnumbered we still let everyone know that Ratoath is County Meath and not an extension of Dublin 15 as certain people from more northern reaches of the county like to proclaim from the sidelines.

Richieq (Meath) - 13/02/2018 20:17:11

Donegal V Meath Rd 2 - 17 Like(s)
We're good to go...... http://www.donegalsporthub.com/latest-maccumhaill-park-given-go-ahead-donegal-v-meath/

Richieq (Meath) - 02/02/2019 14:42:47

Meath V Down - 17 Like(s)

Replying To Meath_True:  "Positivity just before the Championship , is always a good thing . But please lets not be loosing the run of ourselves here , Down were atrocious even by Div. 2 standards . Look who have progressed out of Div 2 this year . We are clapping ourselves on the back when we beat a team that are as bad as a lot of the Div. 2 football has been this year . Totally inconsistent , look at Tipperary ,Meath , we are inconsistent and have been for a number of years . I hope we do get to remain in Div 2 , just for the sake of attempting to get to Div 1 next year otherwise we could very easily become the New Derry . It's not about good or bad footballers its about how you use them . Derry have good footballers , take a look at Slaughneill , however the Derry County set out is atrocious . And the county is suffering that system ....... Against Down there were a number pf passages of play that were direct and penetrating , and they got results . But there were also the periods of play where we were afraid to try to penetrate for fear of loosing the ball . They were atrocious . I counted numerous occasions where we took too much out of the ball ( hand passing laterally , and backwards ) and made absolutely no forward progress . Been on the back foot is not our style of football , 15 behind the ball is not our style of football . It gives us a false sense of security , and in reality our defence even with 15 behind the ball is not all that , recall the second half goal scored by Down , not one Meath player put in a telling tackle in before the ball was despatched to the net .By the way where is Harry Rooney , and or Daniel O Neill . Why was Mickey Burke introduced and not some one else that could fight for a starting position ? Eamon Wallace for all the speed that he did or has , slowed the ball down every time he got it . If it's not for his speed then what does he bring to the party , as his shooting was also out of a Div 3 -4 drawer . Again Tobin despatched his opportunity well when he got it , but there were numerous occasions that he made rus but was not spotted ...... Our problems with decision making still appear ."
Who's losing the fun of themselves?? Look we won a very important match we were under huge pressure to win and we kicked 4-14 and still you want to pick the negatives, if we lost we would be in Division 3 today and the place would be in uproar but we won and won well so just for today can we hail the effort and not crap all over the team for work rate and performance yesterday, it seems they are in an unwinnable position with some people here.

Richieq (Meath) - 26/03/2018 11:59:01

NFL Division 1 - 17 Like(s)

Replying To waynoI:  "I love reading stuff like this. Div 1 football isnt for everyone buddy. Keep the faith though, meath for sam and all that. Mind the gap, it's a big one"
And behaving in stadium tunnels isn't for everybody either it seems, I'd be more concerned about the drop off in Dublin's discipline since Jim Gavins departure than about what division we ply our trade in if I was you.

Richieq (National) - 02/03/2020 11:51:32

Sean Boyan Documentary Thursday 6Th August At 10.10Pm On RTÉ One - 17 Like(s)
Gerry McEntee's response to Tommy Conlon's article in today's Indo; I think it is only appropriate to reply to Tommy Conlon's poisonous article in last week's Sunday Independent ('Enigma of Boylan goes unexplained') about our former manager and great personal friend Seán Boylan. There is no enigma Mr Conlon. What you see is what you get - a true gentleman. Conlon will no doubt be disappointed and a long time "waiting for a glimpse of the darkness behind this sunny façade" because there is no darkness. Seán Boylan only sees the good in everybody - Meath people or otherwise. Never once did I ever hear him vilify any of the opposition and never once did he encourage "assault and battery" as Conlon suggested. If his players overstepped the mark, and at times they did (myself included), they did so of their own volition but never could it be attributed to the influence of Seán. But let's take a look at Conlon's recollection of Gaelic football over the last 40 years and ask if his tainted memory is the same as ours. He says the Kerry team of 1975-1986 "elevated Gaelic football with charisma and class". They were truly a fantastic team but where was the "charisma" in Kerry's renowned corner-back dragging Jimmy Barry Murphy throughout at least one Munster final and highlighted by many reporters at the time, including Paddy Downey and Con Houlihan, two journalists quoted in his condemnation of Meath. And was it any different to Mark O'Reilly's approach in the 1996 Leinster final. Where was the "class" in Kerry's renowned half-back's "assault and battery" of Dinny Allen in the 1975 Munster final that went completely unpunished by a referee standing within striking distance but lucky to have slipped at the appropriate time. Mr Conlon also has a selective memory if he thinks the Meath teams of the 1980s and '90s were "the last incarnation of that long and ignoble era". Has he forgotten the carefully orchestrated cynicism of four - or was it five - Dublin forwards in the final minutes of the 2017 All-Ireland final when they dragged Mayo players to the ground to prevent them receiving a kickout in a match described on RTE.ie as "unsurprisingly ill-tempered"? Has he suitably forgotten his very own criticism of Tyrone and Armagh on these pages, who he claims pioneered the "endemic" and "seriously disruptive" strategy of fouling opponents outside the scoring zone. Conlon suggests that Seán Boylan inspired his "young men into doing things that have consequences for others". Never in the eight years that I had the privilege of playing under him did I ever hear him encourage or promote any negative activity on or off the field. Does Conlon, I wonder, feel that the inspirational qualities of Mick O'Dwyer, Mickey Harte, Joe Kiernan and Jim Gavin likewise "had consequences for players on other teams who felt cheated and deprived of justice" because of the cynicism of the teams these people managed or is he abusing his privileged position to vilify a person admired and respected throughout the country? Gaelic football, like all contact sports, is a physical game, and as such, all teams aspiring to get to the top have to at least match the physicality of the other top teams of their day. This inevitably leads to some players overstepping the mark, but let's have a bit of balanced analysis here. Cynical play went on before the Boylan era and will continue long after the Boylan era. It is carried out by both the victors and the vanquished, as the very Meath matches referred to by Conlon will testify. But to suggest that somehow Seán Boylan promoted "macho cynicism" shows how unbalanced some analysts can be. Seán is a wonderful human being, as anyone who knows him will verify.

Richieq (Meath) - 16/08/2020 10:49:20

Hoganstand To Go Into Meltdown! - 17 Like(s)

Replying To Wally:  "Why is a mass brawl no big deal? Is it because your own county was involved?"
Ah go away out of that with your mass brawl, go find a Palestinian flag to cry into or some other flag of a nation you know little about but think you have a kindred spirit with.

Richieq (National) - 16/09/2019 12:41:16

Meath V Tipperary NFL Rd 1 - 17 Like(s)

Replying To Young_gael:  "I too think that €20 is a bit much for League matches. Particularly to see what is on show a lot of the time. Its affordable for me, but isnt for a lot of people. Imagine a family of 4 with two adults and two teenagers going to watch a game in Pairc Tailteann and having to potentially pay €60+ to get in the gate. No doubt the adult rate of €20 also coincides with an increase in senior and student and child rates. Its too much and a lot of people arent motivated enough these days to stretch the extra few pound. And I thought the atmosphere in Navan over the last few years was dull enough."
U-16 bring free is a great concession but I have to say I think €20 for match day itself is a bit steep, it would be something if you had a nice stand, good toilets and other associated facilities to enjoy but €20 to numb the arse off yourself in Navan is a bit Irish, €15 was adequate and at a time when we need to encourage crowds to games I don't think this increase was well timed, certainly now the season ticket is the way to go, I'm regretting not getting one this year now

Richieq (Meath) - 20/01/2019 19:12:28

Division 2 2018 - 17 Like(s)
One man who came into conversation a lot in the company I was in last night was the now notorious P'OR. The amount of people I heard saying he would have caught this, he would have caught that and Quinlivan wouldn't have got that goal if he was there, the same people who were looking for his head on a block last year were now baying for his return!!!! With thinking like that I just shook my head and realised y'know what we are where we are for a reason and it's all self inflicted. Lack of work on underage, disposing of some managers unfairly, employing some bad choices of managers, having this feeling that we should be up around the top table all the time, not embracing change in our club structures.........if supporters are looking for people to blame then, as I've said before, look to our clubs, look to our decision makers, look to those we send as county board reps, it's only in recent years that we have an administration approaching professionalism in both its approach and performance (after a serious lull period) what with infrastructural developments, financial prudence and improved position, and development of our underage structures. We have a long way to catch up lads but we will get there I'm sure, and something else I think is this, when you have a senior team that's trying (and they are trying of that there's no doubt) and when you try and build a bit of momentum I can't imagine it does very good when you hear one of your recently departed colleagues insinuate that your more or less wasting your time, that your going nowhere, that your life is being made a misery by putting your shoulder to the county wheel !!!!! The timing of that "interview" was cat and showed little respect to those who are sacrificing much for Meath football and I have no doubt that what was said has gotten into the heads of some of the players, they deserve better and the more I thought about it the more I think that the notorious PO'R could have timed his little outburst a bit better in my opinion

Richieq (Meath) - 25/02/2018 20:21:47

Meath V Westmeath - 17 Like(s)

Replying To WhyTheLongFace:  "You know if you were the manger you couldn't ask for a better preparation match...go 14 man down see how the lads respond, then go 13 man down they dealt with situation with maturity and professionally..you couldn't ask for better These are the matches you want to see are the players able to deal with these difficult situations ...and they did it Now to sit back and wait for a disgruntled fan on here to call it only the Obyrne cup or Westmeath are crap"
Well said, I missed the match due to work but great to hear such encouraging comments. I lost interest in when this game would be played during the league but it turns out playing it two weeks before championship was an ideal preparation match, hopefully this positivity continues into the next few weeks

Richieq (Meath) - 13/05/2018 21:47:53

Meath V Longford - 16 Like(s)
Ok hang on a minute, Pearse Park had a set capacity of 6000 with around 2000 seats!!!! To hell with this now, my understanding was that the game was to be played at Pearse Park, which I have no problem with, providing that works had been completed to a satisfactory level, now we hear the southern terrace is completely demolished and unavailable and only 2000 seats in the stand available, 2000 seats between both sets of supporters!!!! This is farce, they won't let Wicklow host the Dubs, they won't let Carlow host Kildare but they allow us to visit what is essentially a building site with a lower capacity of either Aughrim or Dr Cullen Park........maybe I'm overreacting here but to hell with it I think this is scandalous.

Richieq (Meath) - 25/05/2018 17:33:53

Division 2 2018 - 16 Like(s)
Results today might actually be good for us, It keeps the division tight below Cavan who seem destined for promotion. You have three teams on 4 points two of whom we have to play at home so I'm going to shake off last nights depression and become an optimist again, we can survive provided players and management knuckle down and eradicate the silly handling and passing errors and stick to a game plan that Meath players are comfortable with and capable of playing to because whatever that game plan was last night I couldn't make sense of it

Richieq (Meath) - 25/02/2018 15:58:01

Well Said Bryan Menton - 16 Like(s)
What was more shocking was the admin of that Facebook page deleting comments of those who questioned why they were seemingly siding with the Dubs and giving no acknowledgement to local GAA, an almost unbelievable PR disaster for a financial institution that has many local Meath people as customers and as founding members.

Richieq (Meath) - 17/09/2019 01:05:36

Meath V Dublin - 16 Like(s)

Replying To waynoI:  "1) no issues with you being optimistic. Good on ya. Of course there is no pressure on Meath. I don't agree its win win though, get an absolute drubbing and I wouldn't be so sure your players will recover mentally from that to play potentially Monaghan/Tyrone/Mayo, a decent calibre of team basically, could be wrong though, we will see should that play out how Meath react. 2) With respect If you, as a Meath man, are hoping Dublin, a team who are serial winners, Who have had the bottle and the experience to win every close championship game they've played in recent memory including the biggest of games, all Ireland finals, will feel a bit of pressure about a loss coming either this year or next in a competition weve won 13 years out of 14, then youre seriously, seriously clutching at straws 3) There is a reason why Meath have never been bigger odds to win a game of football and it makes total sense. If Dublin start the game the same as they did v Kildare with maybe rock coming in, they'll start with 180 medals (all Irelands, Leinsters, allianz leagues) between them, The Meath team will likely have zero. Dublin have beaten every opponent in the province and beaten the handicap which this weekend is -12, over the past 3 or 4 years, all by double figures. Dublin are going for 5 all Irelands in a row, Meanwhile Meath haven't played a D1 team in Croke Pk in the championship since, 2016, when Dublin beat them by 10 pts. The bookies are neutral, They aren't interested in supporting one team or the other, and they don't give Meath much hope, most of the country don't give Meath much hope and the reasons behind why are completely logical."
1) Last year we lost to Longford and then should have beaten Tyrone in Navan, Kildare beat us out the gate in 2017 and afterwards we should have beaten Donegal, as McEntee had said whatever happens Sunday will not define our year and at any rate I would question whether Monaghan/Mayo/Tyrone are of the quality you refer to right now I wouldn't fear any of those teams irregardless of what happens Sunday. 2) Dublin have bottle and experience, they also have luck, Kerry and Mayo twice lost All Ireland's more than Dublin won them and that's a fact most Dublin supporters accept, not that there is anything wrong with a bit of luck, all teams need it, but it wasn't bottle and experience alone that has gotten Dublin this far 3) The past is irrelevant, what you have won in years gone by doesn't ensure you will win again in 2019, in fact given that amount of success and that amount of football you could make the argument that despite all of Jim Gavin's good management skills complacency could set in, let no one tell me that any Dublin players expect anything but to win Sunday and win well, you can say all you want on radio and in front of a camera or to a newspaper but every one of those Dublin players expect to wipe the floor with Meath as they done in 2014 and 2016 with little effort exhausted, in their minds this is just an irritating step on the road to history and whilst they will never admit and and neither will you it is a fact.

Richieq (Meath) - 20/06/2019 19:45:09

Meath V Cork - 16 Like(s)

Replying To Crinigan:  "Yeah I noticed the Wearemeath podcast going in for its tea in recent week. But it's basically a podcast to put forward the view of county board officials or the official view ...it certainly wasn't independent or objective from what I could tell. Are there any quotes attributed to management yet after yesterday? The whole thing with the new management is baffling. You have two educated men from a great Meath family, both of whom have done great things with Dublin club teams, remarkable in case of Andy while Gerry is known to give inspirational talks to KK hurlers etc...it's really the dream team. And yet I literally cannot believe how naive and just plain stupid our tactics have been, from gk kick outs to defensive strategy to having no forward line. I'm sorry but MOD's team was at least exciting to look at, this is just awful. And this on top of players dropping like flies off the panel due to being peed off. McKeever left off til 5 mins from the end, why? He wasn't injured. Why wouldn't we play with Tobin, McKeever and Lenihan, two in ff and one just behind? Are we afraid of Cork in Navan now? Why would anyone even bother training to turn up at pairc tailteann and represent Meath playing that style of football. It's nothing short of a disgrace. This isn't me unreasonably slating management or being a negative supporter delighting in our demise. I was as excited as anyone about this management team but it's been one baffling decision after another and I honestly can't see them seeing them being in charge next year. What would I suggest? 1. Scrap pairc tailreann plans and launch massive fund raising campaign across the clubs to get as many full time coaches in as possible into primary and secondary schools and club teams. 2. Forget about having a county team at senior level for a 5 year period 3. Sort out the club scene and dedicate next 5 years to getting a highly competitive club scene with a second championship competition that includes junior and intermediate teams amalgamated and competing against senior clubs like in Kerry. Club players will be delighted with this. No point in holding up the club scene anymore for the shite we are seeing at county level. 4. Forget about these development squads at county level, they are a waste of time. It should be all about constant competition and intelligent coaching and most of all enjoyment and love of the game for youngsters all over the county. Maybe then, once this plan is firmly in action, should we return to the intercounty scene, starting from Div 4! If people insist on having a county team as they can't stomach not having one, fair enough but it should no longer hold up the club scene or have as much financial resources pumped in."
Scrap Pairc Tailteann, forget about a county team for 5 years? Sort out club scene? Sorry lad but it is talk like this that in my opinion has led us to being where we are today, negative unconstructive talk that serves no purpose. Why should the clubs fund extra coaches, the onus is on Leinster Council etc to correct their wrongs and fund the counties properly, not just Dublin, that's starting to happen but the monster has been created. As for the club scene well any change to championship structures was voted against, get on to your club delegates about that one, I agreed with change but it couldn't be agreed, but like a lot of things around here.

Richieq (Meath) - 13/03/2018 10:23:05

Micky Burke Footballer Of The Year. - 16 Like(s)
It's a sad indictment of where we are going as a county when certain people see fit to shit all over a mans achievement and where not just his general play but dedication, commitment and leadership have been rewarded, a few people here need to seriously go into a dark room and have a word with themselves......

Richieq (Meath) - 04/12/2018 20:32:18

Meath Vs Mayo - 16 Like(s)

Replying To Jackpot:  "Goodman Royaldunne. Championship is preparation for the league now. That's some statement."
I think what is meant is that being in the Super 8's gives us a real idea of what we will face in Division 1 and give us a much improved chance of surviving in it, Division 1 is crucially important to this team and surviving in it next year should be a priority, the more games this team gets against high level opposition the better it is for them.

Richieq (Meath) - 17/07/2019 18:56:29