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County U21 Footballers

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Rough night weather wise in Enniscorthy on Weds night, good to get the win:
http://www.hoganstand.com/Westmeath/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=251386
I see semi is fixed for Weds 16th March in Portlaoise for 730pm.
I thought it was a home fixture for us ?

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 621 - 04/03/2016 19:38:19    1830872

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Semi finals are at neutral venues. Have been for the last few years at any rate.

beir_bua (Kildare) - Posts: 743 - 05/03/2016 11:07:33    1830926

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any word on the team for tonight?

martyW (Westmeath) - Posts: 241 - 16/03/2016 15:28:44    1835412

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This is a very strong Kildare team. From what I've witnessed we have a lot of work to do underage to catch up with other counties. The lads tried their best tonight but unfortunately we couldn't compete at any level with Kildare. It was frightening how well conditioned Kildare were and credit to them for putting the work in at underage level the last 5 years or so.

Matthew (None) - Posts: 897 - 16/03/2016 20:58:43    1835499

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very disappointing performance in portlaise. we were beaten in every aspect of the field. kildare were in a completely different league to us; boys against men. not good tidings for our football future considering the lackluster performance of seniors also. i have saud it in previous posts. u21 team was selected by clipboard from tge orevious year. manager not travelling enough to club games to see other talent

Rossieruan (Westmeath) - Posts: 73 - 16/03/2016 21:21:20    1835505

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In fairness to the manager this year over 60 lads got an opportunity to try out for U21's since last October. Unfortunately it looks as if the talent is just not there. Look at what Kildare did to our minors as well only a few weeks ago. However a lot of players that played tonight are underage next year so we should be aiming to get at least one step further next year.

Left Full (Westmeath) - Posts: 165 - 16/03/2016 21:36:43    1835510

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the fact some of the current players are u21 next year should not exempt them from the selectoon process next year..and that is the problem. same players get selected equating to same failure performance and emerging talent gets ignored. same problem in the senior ranks. quite simply the managers should spend more of their time going to club matches observing where the true talent exists. cody with kilkenny is a master at that

Rossieruan (Westmeath) - Posts: 73 - 17/03/2016 13:46:14    1835587

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As with most things with our county teams, there's always next year...

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1648 - 17/03/2016 13:57:57    1835589

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Rossieruan, you obviously have a grudge with management because of someone from your club not making one of the panels. As far as I know both senior & u21 managers were at a lot of club games last summer & winter. Clubs were also asked to put forward names of players they considered good enough for county football. If there is emerging talent out there you need to elaborate more. For me we just don't have the same standard of underage players that the likes of Kildare have at the moment.

Left Full (Westmeath) - Posts: 165 - 17/03/2016 14:30:46    1835594

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Very worrying to see such a gap.

wonit1time (Westmeath) - Posts: 450 - 17/03/2016 16:09:18    1835608

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This match did not come down to management or player selection,there was a savage gulf in class between the two sides

footiemad (Westmeath) - Posts: 733 - 18/03/2016 08:42:07    1835700

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The system of asking clubs to send players in for a trial is laughable.
Most counties now track their most talented kids from 10 years of age then make sure they are coaxed in or want to be involved by close contact with parents.

I'd go far as to say some of the best U21 or minor players in the county have stopped playing altogether. The drop out rate in the county has spiralled the last few years if you ask me, looking at club games

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1648 - 18/03/2016 09:04:44    1835702

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valley84 that may have happened in the past but not this year,the best players available were in there,apart from the obvious 1 or 2 that have emigrated

footiemad (Westmeath) - Posts: 733 - 18/03/2016 09:41:34    1835709

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Kildare better all round but together since u-13 our lads aren't, look back over fr manning teams and minor teams to see the names also McDonnell had injurys and other lads that could not commit due to college and work at wkends and then the senior hurlers poached 6- 7 of the panel , look at the senior football championship at club this year for indication of how many lads he was missing and that's not counting inter-junior club teams , 20 of the panel available next year but less than half that will get a starting Jersey

rogerdodger (Westmeath) - Posts: 228 - 19/03/2016 12:45:24    1835924

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Or the lads decided they wanted to play hurling and be involved with an ambitious senior hurling panel. Not poached.

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1648 - 19/03/2016 17:13:16    1835967

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What are the ambitions of the hurling panel ?

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 844 - 19/03/2016 19:58:31    1835999

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Get promoted, not avoid relegation

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1648 - 19/03/2016 20:29:33    1836014

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Well I hope they do it but they have a lot of improving to do as I referred to on a different thread.

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 844 - 19/03/2016 21:43:21    1836038

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Ok maybe poached was too strong a word but they were hardly going to not enter a senior sett up when asked , young lads are impressional, fair play to them, but McDonnell could have done with them I was in Carlow yesterday and 1 started and 2 more were subs and then the ones that were not on the 24 were not togged I counted 7 in that group that started the year with McDonnell.

rogerdodger (Westmeath) - Posts: 228 - 21/03/2016 09:49:56    1836280

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