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Down Minors 2014

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Any word on who is on the panel for this year? Any changes from last year?

Down1961 (Down) - Posts: 1 - 30/01/2014 14:02:49    1538761

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Think three or four from last year heard they had a friendly with Louth on Wednesday night and had a great 7 point win and then played
Monaghan on Saturday winning by 2 points. Anyone know who made the panel . And what you think of management this year?
Anyways well done lads great start to the year

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 23/03/2014 19:25:41    1563889

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I heard they started well v louth and v monaghan. Last year management went for big physical team but they weren't able to run with Tyrone who caught us out in the big spaces. Don't know what kind of approach they are going for this year but they'll need more runners all over the pitch and a few man markers to stick with Tyrone danger forwards. I heard they have 8 of last years team back. Big Ryan Trainer should feature around full forward and young Gareth Mc Dowell from the stone is useful. the Harney boy from Saul can hit a free. Mobile midfielders are hard to find. Big Barr from Mayobridge can catch a ball. Paul Lively can cover ground and so can Niall Rafferty and Cillian McEvoy from the Shamrocks. Its a tough task going to Healy Park but anything can happen on the day.

boxer123 (Down) - Posts: 1 - 23/03/2014 20:27:56    1563911

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Anyone know we're minor match is tomorrow

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 28/03/2014 15:21:52    1566291

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As far as I know that game is in Newry at 12 followed by the hogan cup semi final at 2

NP76 (Down) - Posts: 66 - 28/03/2014 16:06:43    1566314

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Downpatrick at 12

thedownman (Down) - Posts: 26 - 28/03/2014 16:55:09    1566337

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Another win for minors job well done keep the form up some great players the year

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 30/03/2014 13:51:22    1566932

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Are there any Annaclone men in the minor setup, was surprised that Eamonn Doyle didn't make the u21. Do these players not go to trials or whats the story, its Down football, players from all clubs should be involved.

blackspot15 (Down) - Posts: 18 - 01/04/2014 14:23:37    1568526

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As far as I know their clubs put their name forward for trails or county invites them to try out but it's up to player to attend and do their best to impress management With their footballing skills. An of day can't be blamed for player not making Panel as tryouts go on for weeks hope this answers your question maybe their clubs didn't put them forward
As they have to miss most club matches?

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 02/04/2014 14:52:42    1569323

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I'm hearing that a lot of clubs are having problems with low turnouts to minor training and challenge matches. What is the reason for this? In my opinion a lot of it boils down to the commitment that is being asked of these young lads. There is far too much training to try to be ahead of the pack. If one club is training twice a week, it's rival will train 3 times and so on. It's getting crazy to be honest. You will find a lot of minor teams this year will have more under 16's playing for them than ever before. That is also not good. Young lads will be burnt out. Instead of lowering the age of minors I think they should go the other way and make it U-19. Anyone else got an opinion on this?

rcss1 (Down) - Posts: 124 - 04/04/2014 13:52:32    1570355

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Don't think making it U 19 will help the problem as most boys in their last year will then be at university, and they can hardly be expected to come home from Belfast or Dublin three times a week to train and play.

OgraAnDun (Down) - Posts: 406 - 06/04/2014 10:38:53    1570882

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Commitment you got it in one young players have to have commitment to their county.
some of our clubs are holding them back or given them a hard time when they have a county
Match and not able to play league and championship for their club. have I got it wrong is it not the
Whole point of playing Gaelic football for your club to hopefully represent that club by going on and play at county level.
In my day playing for ones county was every young Gaelic player dream seams the young boys have no
Backing from their clubs. What you think?

Gaahead890 (Down) - Posts: 23 - 06/04/2014 19:29:43    1571218

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Not a great start

offtheground1 (Down) - Posts: 128 - 07/04/2014 09:45:45    1571507

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