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So we are getting very close to the opening match in our defence of the Christy Ring Cup. Difficult first round game against Meath...especially with all the retirements and injuries since that glorious June day last year. Will be a big ask of this young team, despite being unbeaten in the league, to retain the cup...but good luck to them for the campaign. Any thoughts on how it might go or on the team?

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 27/04/2014 13:59:52    1580654

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Not overly excited about this year's CRC. Like you Co.Down prefer to think back to last summer's great memories at Croke. To be honest if Coyle and Magic didn't get hurt we would have beaten Wicklow handy enough in the 2B final and also missing Baille that day didn't help. Not getting promotion to 2A was a huge setback and the perfect environment for this young squad to develop. Maybe we're not ready for 2A? Meath will be very tough, last year we were very lucky to leave Trim with a extra time draw - Magic's heroics again that day. Meath will perhaps be slight favorites.

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saulgael (Down) - Posts: 553 - 27/04/2014 20:29:17    1580961

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Who's Ted Kennedy - never heard of him. At least our lads have a Christy Ring medal in their hip pockets. They must be hard up for stories at the Wicklow People.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 01/05/2014 21:40:02    1583196

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Quite embarrassing none the less

Long_John (Down) - Posts: 299 - 02/05/2014 10:33:53    1583262

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Well beaten down in Trim today. We looked out of sorts a little. The players just don't look up for it this year.

saulgael (Down) - Posts: 553 - 03/05/2014 17:45:38    1583761

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A lot of conflicts in camp this year,all is not good.

THE.SHAFT (Down) - Posts: 198 - 03/05/2014 21:17:37    1583860

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Tough assignment ahead with Derry on the road. Hopefully we don't exit the CRC on a whimper. Hopefully we get stuck in and grind out a win. Derry will be hurting after the hammering down in Tralee and will be out to restore some pride.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 05/05/2014 19:35:57    1584437

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Owenbeg Saturday 14.30

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 06/05/2014 17:26:21    1584745

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Hear all was not well after the game against Meath, so i expect another defeat this weekend.

Long_John (Down) - Posts: 299 - 07/05/2014 13:18:42    1584977

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Something isnt right with the team this year and thats obvious and im not talking about injuries and retirements - whats happening

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 07/05/2014 16:15:34    1585094

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Has Caolan Baillie quite the squad?

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 07/05/2014 19:25:56    1585178

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As far as I know, he broke his hand, so will be out for a few months.

Long_John (Down) - Posts: 299 - 08/05/2014 08:23:52    1585234

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Good luck to all the players and management tomorrow. Hard defence with all the injuries etc. this year. Remember you had a brilliant league campaign..so you can do it. Hopefully the return of some of those injured will help. After all the hard work you deserve to stay in the competition. Hopefully there will be lots of support.

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 09/05/2014 16:49:38    1585895

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Great work ethic today by the senior hurlers. Fought all the way to the death against a spirited Derry side. Unfortunately we lost by a point, but it was our best performance of the season. We'll now have to gear up for a relegation playoff in a couple of weeks and then the Ulster Championship against Donegal, so still a lot at stake.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 10/05/2014 16:15:41    1586123

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Time to let the players back to their clubs,only 16 at training on Tue night,as i said,all is not good.

THE.SHAFT (Down) - Posts: 198 - 10/05/2014 18:22:16    1586166

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Hard luck today. A great second half performance. Some decisions went against us. Shaft, please stop stirring it up. Those players gave their all today so clearly they are happy to be wearing the red and black. going back to the clubs is not going to help anyone...Bailie got injured at club training! Why was he there? the county training is of better quality. Very hard to lose by a point with such a young team. let's all get behind them in the coming weeks and not look for problems and divisions.

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 10/05/2014 20:38:07    1586212

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It was unlucky today yes there is no need to stir up conflict the team needs support not criticisism the county hurling will only suceed with every hurling supporter and club behind the county there is enough out there that cant wait for the county hurling to just give up.

stevenolan (Down) - Posts: 24 - 10/05/2014 21:51:57    1586230

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Lets get one thing straight,im not on here to run them down,but read between the lines,with what we have this team has done well,getting beat in the league final was a massive blow,more than some think,two defeats against teams in a higher div really shows where we are at,injuries,retirements etc etc all add to this,but since the defeat to wicklow we lost our momentum and we simply will not get that back,training attendances have been poor since,only 16-20 for a session,so my argument is let them back to their clubs where there is 30 plus (ards teams) attending club training which makes for a better session,then regroup for the ulster championship with the hope they will come back refreshed for the next challenge ahead,we are in a rebuilding process here and this is going to take time to unearth new talent (WHICH IS OUT THERE) for our younger players to grow into strong hurling men that can compete at the levels required.All mothers out there please start adding a few more eggs at breakfast and spuds at dinner,we are still too small...

THE.SHAFT (Down) - Posts: 198 - 11/05/2014 11:18:23    1586265

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Shaft it is that attitude that is partly to blame.running back toThe clubs and not attending county training should not be supported by the clubs or supporters.if u cannot commit for the season pull out and let someone take your place who is willing to as a supporter i can accept defeats as long as every one who pulls on their boots has give their all at training and match day that is all you can ask

stevenolan (Down) - Posts: 24 - 11/05/2014 12:37:26    1586278

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Players cannot, or should not, abandon the County now.....THERE IS A RELEGATION MATCH TO BE PLAYED AT THE END OF MAY!. the players and management do not deserve to be relegated. they had a superb league winning every game and only loosing out in the crazy play off system due to more injuries. I am sure the management need to keep them together to keep spirits up and motivate them.Hopefully the clubs will support their continued county training. A big attendance will be required at that game to let the team see that they have support from fans who appreciate what they did in the league in difficult circumstances at times.We don't want to be fair weather supporters..a pity attendances have not been as good as the crowd that was in Croke last June.

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 11/05/2014 17:24:03    1586349

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