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Christy Ring 2013

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Derry now play their county hurling matches at Ownbeg complex in Dungiven. The heart of their hurling clubs.

Frank Mitchell (Down) - Posts: 1075 - 02/05/2013 16:32:02    1377843



All fixtures lists state that the Derry game against Wicklow is in Celtic Park. I know Owenbeg is a fantastic facility i've been many a time, but i think they only train there, but i could be wrong.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 444 - 02/05/2013 18:57:07    1377978


Your wrong. The Derry v Wicklow match is at Ownbeg.

Here's a link to the Derry website: [url]

Frank Mitchell (Down) - Posts: 1075 - 03/05/2013 08:15:23    1378083


Thanks Frank. Saw the artist illustration which looks very nice. What a fantastic facility.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 444 - 03/05/2013 13:27:00    1378261


Team for saturday v Kerry -

Stephen Keith;
Matthew Conlan, Paudie Flynn, Paddy Hughes;
Ciaran Coulter, Ben Toner, Michael Ennis;
Andy Savage, Connor Woods;
Paul Sheehan, Paul Braniff, Scott Nicholson;
Danny Toner, Gareth Johnston, James Coyle.

Frank Mitchell (Down) - Posts: 1075 - 03/05/2013 14:58:34    1378344


There is no indication yet that all Derry games will be played at Owenbeg. This is the first game there but until now most were played in Celtic Park. FYI Owenbeg is in North Derry on the Derry side of Dungiven (about 3 miles outside the town).

christy sting (Derry) - Posts: 259 - 03/05/2013 14:58:48    1378345


Looks a strong enough team and great to see big Magic playing Championship again we sure missed him. Is Finty still on the panel?

saulgael (Down) - Posts: 544 - 03/05/2013 21:49:02    1378574


Any score from Newry?

downhurlingman (Down) - Posts: 50 - 04/05/2013 16:22:18    1378754


Down lost by 2 points 2-17 to 3-16. Tough loss but very solid performance.

saulgael (Down) - Posts: 544 - 04/05/2013 16:27:15    1378757


Good performance, a lot of pluses to take from the game could have won it. Couple of odd changes from the side line.

cahill (None) - Posts: 2566 - 04/05/2013 20:54:36    1378846


Away to Armagh next. This will be a tough game and we shouldn't take them for granted as they ran Meath close yesterday. I must say the lads played very well yesterday and can hold their heads high. Good luck against Armagh next week.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 444 - 05/05/2013 14:43:22    1379016


I agree with cahill when he talks about strange calls from sideline also herd quite a few players have left the panel recently any word on this?

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 07/05/2013 10:22:00    1379784


lads it was good game and great puck outs to half forward & forward line - would have liked to have seen a few more chances taken from out the field. But tere were a few wides and goals chances that on another day would have went our way....
We should be ready enough for armagh.

Bigsheep (Down) - Posts: 290 - 07/05/2013 13:15:53    1379901


We had so many wides, if we can get are shooting under control we'll be a match for anyone in the Ring. Remember Kerry is the pre-tournament favorites and we barely lost. We beat Armagh in the league handy enough, but Championship is a different ball game. Hope the lads aren't complacent.

downhurlingman (Down) - Posts: 50 - 07/05/2013 21:50:33    1380290


This is the only county with a descent discussion about this year's Ring. Didn't expect you to best Kerry, but new it would be close. I think you'll beat Armagh and then what? can Down step up and finally make some noise in the 2nd tier tournament. At this stage it still wide open, but I fancy the Lillywhites to claim this year's competition.

doubletree (Dublin) - Posts: 160 - 08/05/2013 16:36:11    1380688


Some good games in store this weekend. Kildare might sneak past Meath, home field might just do it for the Kildare men. Kerry should beat a young inexperienced Derry team especially in Tralee. Wicklow will brush aside Mayo and I hope Down can win against Armagh, however I'm a little concerned & surprised that the game is fixed for Crossmaglen, tough place to win.

saulgael (Down) - Posts: 544 - 08/05/2013 20:05:16    1380821


why you worried for saul gael not like the ards boys are playing football in crossmaglen

Red Head (Down) - Posts: 144 - 08/05/2013 20:18:54    1380827


Heres a question for those in the know - Armagh can play in Crossmaglen and Derry in Owenbeg neither the main county ground. Newry is main county ground in Down but Ballycran is or was a county ground in Down so why not play odd match there.
Its not as if the numbers on mainland going to matches are huge as I heard most league matches had less than 100 attending

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 09/05/2013 10:12:31    1380951


There are restrictions directed from Croke Park as to what grounds can facilitate Inter-County matches. Owenbeg and Cross must meet these criteria whereas unfortunately none of the grounds in the Ards do therefore they can't play matches there. Presumably it's in relation to Stands/Changing Rooms etc?
Until they either upgrade their facilities or Croke Park changes the rules there will be no Inter-County matches played in the Ards.

That's what I am lead to believe is the case.

St_Peters (Down) - Posts: 85 - 09/05/2013 10:19:21    1380957


Cant be stands as not all county hurling matches have been played at grounds with stands, Ballycran have a stand and four changing room but no turnstile so surely this is fairly simple to rectify by Ballycran. Maybe Ballycran lads can clarify if this is the issue....

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 09/05/2013 11:22:59    1380987