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Westmeath's Biggest Club Rivalry

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Question from an outsider - of all the rivalries in the county what one stands out even if it might not be as big a draw as it once was - roll of honour suggests Athlone -Mullingar Shamrocks thanks

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 19/04/2019 17:32:40    2179599

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Replying To Scealta:  "Question from an outsider - of all the rivalries in the county what one stands out even if it might not be as big a draw as it once was - roll of honour suggests Athlone -Mullingar Shamrocks thanks"
Hurling Clonkill v Raharney is the obvious one.
Football harder to say, maybe some of the teams around Moate. Or garrycastle athlone given recent events.

Juniorbleague (Westmeath) - Posts: 28 - 21/04/2019 11:52:03    2179722

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Athlone v garrycastle lomans v shams

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1156 - 21/04/2019 17:37:05    2179756

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Castlepollard V lough lene gaels

overdabar (Westmeath) - Posts: 209 - 21/04/2019 22:02:01    2179781

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St Mary's vs tpass

Mattyreilly (Westmeath) - Posts: 90 - 23/04/2019 21:47:42    2179995

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Replying To Mattyreilly:  "St Mary's vs tpass"
A lot of the sting has gone out of the rivalry I think . A lot of the players go to the same secondary schools and could have their best friend from a neighboring club now.

jfd (Westmeath) - Posts: 176 - 24/04/2019 12:06:08    2180051

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Most club rivalries, particularly football in Westmeath are based on geographic proximity more than anything else.
Kinnegad / Killucan / The Downs would be lively too.

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 621 - 26/04/2019 13:46:05    2180397

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Replying To overdabar:  "Castlepollard V lough lene gaels"
That's what's been missing from the hurling championship. Neighbouring teams who often had 4 or 5 first cousins on each team. No quarter asked for or given.

midfield9 (Westmeath) - Posts: 25 - 26/04/2019 19:29:51    2180472

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Replying To midfield9:  "That's what's been missing from the hurling championship. Neighbouring teams who often had 4 or 5 first cousins on each team. No quarter asked for or given."
Its back this year as section A is going tour be very tight

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 697 - 29/04/2019 12:48:33    2180804

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Bun are playing Multy this week. They haven't played in a while. Should be a humdinger.

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 844 - 29/04/2019 13:28:28    2180813

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Replying To overdabar:  "Castlepollard V lough lene gaels"
This is probably the most poisonous one around, but mostly coming from Castlepollard, and Pollard are dirty no matter who they play. The Gaels and Clonkill hate each other too, as do Ringtown and Pollard. Most clubs hate Clonkill anyways, but all clubs with the exception of Pollard have left the dirt in the past and rivalries are more friendly now.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 375 - 29/04/2019 14:27:40    2180831

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Ballycomoyle and CFCW, without a doubt.

The_Biler (Westmeath) - Posts: 84 - 01/05/2019 22:02:55    2181346

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Caulry against anyone else from south Westmeath

iarmhi_an_mhaith (Westmeath) - Posts: 217 - 02/05/2019 17:10:47    2181489

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Turin vs. Delvin/Clonkill/Raharney/Crookedwood.
Watching a Turin derby match is like watching a clash of civilisations. A titanic struggle of David and Goliath proportions . Shur didn't Juventus hire a Turin man to first manage them when they set up there football club in 1897 because they heard of the pure toughness of Irish Turin men compared to the softness of Italian Turin men. The level of vitriol in a Turin derby is at least on a par with the Ottaman Turks vs. Serbia or the Greeks for me. They better have a timber factory on the sideline cause there isn't an ashplant strong enough to take the force of a Turin man's wrath against an opponent when he gets the P.T.O shaft going.

RadioactiveTan (UK) - Posts: 10 - 08/05/2019 11:58:32    2182448

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Replying To RadioactiveTan:  "Turin vs. Delvin/Clonkill/Raharney/Crookedwood.
Watching a Turin derby match is like watching a clash of civilisations. A titanic struggle of David and Goliath proportions . Shur didn't Juventus hire a Turin man to first manage them when they set up there football club in 1897 because they heard of the pure toughness of Irish Turin men compared to the softness of Italian Turin men. The level of vitriol in a Turin derby is at least on a par with the Ottaman Turks vs. Serbia or the Greeks for me. They better have a timber factory on the sideline cause there isn't an ashplant strong enough to take the force of a Turin man's wrath against an opponent when he gets the P.T.O shaft going."
Taughmon/Turn parish is a very interesting parish in terms of rivalry. Clonkill, Turin, Crookedwood and Cullion all in close proximity. Compare this to 3 teams in the whole of south Westmeath.

Clonkill have had huge numbers underage over the years. Turin and Crookedwood really struggled for numbers over the past decade until recently. Cullion have been doing trojan work and revived their fortunes with lots of young players coming through. 2 Senior teams from the same small parish is not to be sniffed at. Turin and Cullion will be competitive in the IHC this year too.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 63 - 08/05/2019 16:18:49    2182539

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Replying To RadioactiveTan:  "Turin vs. Delvin/Clonkill/Raharney/Crookedwood.
Watching a Turin derby match is like watching a clash of civilisations. A titanic struggle of David and Goliath proportions . Shur didn't Juventus hire a Turin man to first manage them when they set up there football club in 1897 because they heard of the pure toughness of Irish Turin men compared to the softness of Italian Turin men. The level of vitriol in a Turin derby is at least on a par with the Ottaman Turks vs. Serbia or the Greeks for me. They better have a timber factory on the sideline cause there isn't an ashplant strong enough to take the force of a Turin man's wrath against an opponent when he gets the P.T.O shaft going."
Atrocious Nonsense

dakid (Australia) - Posts: 223 - 09/05/2019 16:41:07    2182781

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Replying To dakid:  "Atrocious Nonsense"
You got the point. Indeed Zinedine Zidane has never professed a desire to play for Turin despite the Stadio delle Alpi not being a patch on the impregnable 'fortress' that is McCabe park after all.

RadioactiveTan (UK) - Posts: 10 - 09/05/2019 19:21:12    2182808

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Reading these posts and others it fairly safe to assume that in some circles clubs like Turin are seen as a bit of a joke ,just there as "cannon fodder" for the bigger clubs. The county is full of lads bragging in pubs about their senior medals that were won as a sub on a senior team backboned by 3/4 county players. If these guys had to face a dark field every January(like the lads in Turin and other places) with the same 20 (not 35/40) faces knowing that at best if they got two championship wins it would be a great year most of them would have stopped hurling.
How often do you see a bad year in the bigger clubs and you hear fringe players in these clubs talking about retirement and giving out about trainers, have a think about Turin ,Southern Gaels and others who get on with it every year without having 30/40 at training and having county players to carry them through games. That's where you see the real spirit of the GAA and the community, they keep coming back every year.

Thechick (Westmeath) - Posts: 40 - 14/06/2019 08:12:30    2194696

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Replying To Thechick:  "Reading these posts and others it fairly safe to assume that in some circles clubs like Turin are seen as a bit of a joke ,just there as "cannon fodder" for the bigger clubs. The county is full of lads bragging in pubs about their senior medals that were won as a sub on a senior team backboned by 3/4 county players. If these guys had to face a dark field every January(like the lads in Turin and other places) with the same 20 (not 35/40) faces knowing that at best if they got two championship wins it would be a great year most of them would have stopped hurling.
How often do you see a bad year in the bigger clubs and you hear fringe players in these clubs talking about retirement and giving out about trainers, have a think about Turin ,Southern Gaels and others who get on with it every year without having 30/40 at training and having county players to carry them through games. That's where you see the real spirit of the GAA and the community, they keep coming back every year."
Massive respect to turin chick for keeping going. The ná piarsiagh amalgamation will only help. Young lads playing at a higher level. In fact most of the standout players on these teams are from turin.

overdabar (Westmeath) - Posts: 209 - 14/06/2019 11:41:16    2194781

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Replying To overdabar:  "Massive respect to turin chick for keeping going. The ná piarsiagh amalgamation will only help. Young lads playing at a higher level. In fact most of the standout players on these teams are from turin."
I have no connections to Turin or S.Gaels whom I mentioned but previous posts mentioned Turin that often it didn't seem fair, everyone is trying their best even the ones not as lucky as others. If championships were handed out for keeping young lads hurling and fielding year after year through holidays/injuries and retirements both those clubs would have the seemingly all important medals

Thechick (Westmeath) - Posts: 40 - 14/06/2019 12:22:42    2194804

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