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Keegan Cup 2019

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Replying To Maestro:  "Only one 4000 people at is very poor for a county like Meath."
The kilkenny final had 12k at it and their population is far smaller. There should be at least 7/8k at these finals.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2920 - 29/10/2019 05:41:03    2246387

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Congratulations to Rataoth from a Dunboyne man. I am big believer in the best team always wins the senior championship. There are no flukes over a period of 9 or 10 games and I dont think there can be any argument that Rataoth were the best team in Senior this year. Best of Luck going forward in Leinster and hopefully you get a bit of a run in the competition.

Blackspot09 (Meath) - Posts: 109 - 29/10/2019 09:21:41    2246403

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Well done to Ratoath, the championships best team this year, fair play, some great people involved up there, delighted for them. Summerhill battled as they always do but were second best all over the pitch, very tough to take to lose 3 finals in a row but they are made of strong stuff and will no doubt be back.
Like I said after the Semi Final thought Ratoath had come of age and they backed it up this week, a love mix of pace and power with some seriously impressive experienced lads to go with all the youth. Relly hope they can give the Leinster a right rattle.

longroadback (Meath) - Posts: 300 - 29/10/2019 09:41:58    2246409

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Replying To Jack_Goff:  "The kilkenny final had 12k at it and their population is far smaller. There should be at least 7/8k at these finals."
I am sure that you are talking about the Kilkenny hurling final? How many were at the KK football final?

I suspect that our hurling final had a lot more attending than their football final as there is not the same imbalance here.

Other reasons:
It's a bank holiday weekend and people may have had plans already made.
intermediate final was Saturday and people may be reluctant to go twice
Length of the championship - a lot of club supporters have had a good few games and costs involved
General position of Meath football in recent years, the reality is that interest has waned
Ratoath has a lot of people there that are new to the area. Not a criticism but that is the reality for towns like that - people have other priorities.

oldsam_newsam (Meath) - Posts: 638 - 29/10/2019 10:03:13    2246413

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Congratulations to Ratoath, great to see a new name on the roll of honour, it's a big town with a long history of Gaa so it's brilliant to see them rewarded with a senior title.

All the best going forward in Leinster as well.

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8441 - 29/10/2019 10:06:29    2246415

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Replying To Maestro:  "Such a poor turn out for a county final. You would have thought Ratoath would have brought more fans to their first county final than that."
Yeah i am sure the players management and die Rataoth members care that they did not have a huge crowd there . The true Rataoth supporters were there to share the win with them so thats all that matters.

Blackspot09 (Meath) - Posts: 109 - 29/10/2019 10:38:38    2246425

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Replying To oldsam_newsam:  "I am sure that you are talking about the Kilkenny hurling final? How many were at the KK football final?

I suspect that our hurling final had a lot more attending than their football final as there is not the same imbalance here.

Other reasons:
It's a bank holiday weekend and people may have had plans already made.
intermediate final was Saturday and people may be reluctant to go twice
Length of the championship - a lot of club supporters have had a good few games and costs involved
General position of Meath football in recent years, the reality is that interest has waned
Ratoath has a lot of people there that are new to the area. Not a criticism but that is the reality for towns like that - people have other priorities."
Your final point about Ratoath is a fair one. Fact is that most of the newer people in the area would care about their kids' teams and that's it. Take a look at the Dublin semi finals at the weekend. 4 teams probably covering a population of over 200,000 and there was probably barely 1,000 people in total in Parnell Park. In rural areas, the GAA is pretty much the be all and end all. In built up areas, as you say, lots of people have other priorities.

Ratoath Royal (Meath) - Posts: 1180 - 29/10/2019 10:45:52    2246428

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informative interview in todays Examiner with Eamon Wallace, seems very keen to play for Meath again. Did not realise he had so many injuries. Hopefully Joey feels the same way. Would be good to see both back in Meath jerseys.

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1366 - 29/10/2019 11:03:25    2246435

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Huge congrats Ratoath and everyone involved in that winning team, it was a very impressive performance. There is serious mix of experience and youth there, and height throughout the team. Commiserations to Summerhill, it was a really enjoyable game to watch.

Got a slight scare when Summerhill scored that first goal mind!

B52M (Meath) - Posts: 10 - 29/10/2019 16:03:11    2246491

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Let's all get behind Ratoath now.

Dessie said "They'll be decent"!

Let's hope they will be more than decent and give Garycastle a right trimming.

oldsam_newsam (Meath) - Posts: 638 - 30/10/2019 13:30:11    2246615

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Replying To oldsam_newsam:  "Let's all get behind Ratoath now.

Dessie said "They'll be decent"!

Let's hope they will be more than decent and give Garycastle a right trimming."
Would you quit bullshitting Dessie said "there will be a bit of bite" in the game meaning he will run off to the umpire if he can't take what he tries to give out. I will never forget him whinging to the umpire at the Hill16 / Cusack end before q/f 01. Subsequently missed the easiest chance ever to be a hero...... That lad has been too long in RTÉ. Let him know that games are not played in studios nor on paper.

MillerX (Meath) - Posts: 680 - 31/10/2019 01:21:36    2246701

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I hope the bunting is out in Kells for their biggest game of the year!! This is their chance to become the real king pins of the Feis cup. There'll be no denying their greatness after this

TakeYourPoints6 (Meath) - Posts: 223 - 31/10/2019 11:25:13    2246758

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Replying To TakeYourPoints6:  "I hope the bunting is out in Kells for their biggest game of the year!! This is their chance to become the real king pins of the Feis cup. There'll be no denying their greatness after this"
very consistent team.

Blackspot09 (Meath) - Posts: 109 - 31/10/2019 12:30:12    2246772

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Replying To MillerX:  "Would you quit bullshitting Dessie said "there will be a bit of bite" in the game meaning he will run off to the umpire if he can't take what he tries to give out. I will never forget him whinging to the umpire at the Hill16 / Cusack end before q/f 01. Subsequently missed the easiest chance ever to be a hero...... That lad has been too long in RTÉ. Let him know that games are not played in studios nor on paper."
Will always remember that miss (though I think that one was in 2003). Mouthy Westmeath fan in front of me on the day turned around as soon as the ball left Dolan's boot to gloat and give Meath fans the finger. The look on his face when he realized (about 20 seconds later) that he had missed is something that I'll always remember. He legged it fairly quickly at the final whistle.

Ratoath Royal (Meath) - Posts: 1180 - 31/10/2019 13:54:50    2246797

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Replying To MillerX:  "Would you quit bullshitting Dessie said "there will be a bit of bite" in the game meaning he will run off to the umpire if he can't take what he tries to give out. I will never forget him whinging to the umpire at the Hill16 / Cusack end before q/f 01. Subsequently missed the easiest chance ever to be a hero...... That lad has been too long in RTÉ. Let him know that games are not played in studios nor on paper."
I think that famous Dessie Dolan missed free was in 2003, not 2001.

CastleBravo (Meath) - Posts: 1367 - 31/10/2019 14:29:34    2246810

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Replying To CastleBravo:  "I think that famous Dessie Dolan missed free was in 2003, not 2001."
I said he subsequently missed a simple, I meant to say in a later game, but he's did whinge to the umpire in the 2001 q/f and Hank Traynor was shown a yellow card as a direct result of the whinge. He later got another yellow.

MillerX (Meath) - Posts: 680 - 31/10/2019 17:25:21    2246857

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