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Wonder which pitch that is Greenford they have football on tomorrow. The one with the slope was in terrible condition the other week with large patches of sand dotted around!! Can't imagine the state of it in this weather!

WestAwake88 (Galway) - Posts: 62 - 02/10/2020 14:20:29    2295284

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To be fair to them, the pitch in Ruislip has been immaculate so far. This weekend will take a big toll though.

I cannot understand the decision not to allow spectators into the stand (except OAPs), there is more than enough room to accomodate the crowd in the stand socially distanced instead of having everyone lined up behind the goals or down the opposite side of the pitch.

biro (Limerick) - Posts: 10 - 02/10/2020 14:40:47    2295295

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Why on earth year after year are so many games fixed for Greenford?

The two pitches are awful in good and bad weather. The changing rooms and showers (not that they can be used at the minute) are a kip.

There are numerous other pitches in London that would have been better suited to host some of the games this weekend and would have took the rain easily.

I understand Ruislip is the county ground and a great facility so games should be fixed for there when possible but over half of all London's GAA activity seems to take place at the ground of 1 football club??
Nothing against TCG, I'm sure they are not to blame for it, but is it not unfair and ridiculous the amount of games fixed for Greenford when other grounds have far better pitches with equally and in some cases far better changing, shower, parking, accessibility etc?

Goodmayes, Tottenhall, Peckham, Mitcham, Mill Hill, Downhills, Scrubs have all been far pleasant playing expierences on the rare occasions games have been fixed there over the years in London yet way more than a fair share goes to Greenford.

Millions spent on Ruislip development with no games there Saturday yet it was unable to host any games at all on Sunday. Not a good look for London.

Offtheball10 (Meath) - Posts: 6 - 04/10/2020 19:44:42    2295648

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London is always see as the 'premier' county in Britain but the facilities, treatment of players, promotion and organisation lags behind Warwickshire and Scotland, the former in particular.

The notice given for postponing the cup finals yesterday was a joke. Players already on their way to Ruislip from some parts of London. That's one good way of turning players off from playing.

WestAwake88 (Galway) - Posts: 62 - 04/10/2020 22:33:01    2295697

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Saturday 10th October
McAleer & Rushe Senior Hurling Championship R4 Robert Emmets v Thomas McCurtains Goodmayes 3pm
W Reilly Intermediate Hurling Championship R4 Granuaile v Fulham Irish Ruislip 2pm
McAleer & Rushe Senior Hurling Championship R4 Fr Murphys v St Gabriels Ruislip 4pm
W Reilly Intermediate Hurling Championship R4 St Gabriels B v CuChullains Scrubs P1 12pm
McAleer & Rushe Senior Hurling Championship R4 Bros Pearse v Kilburn Gaels Scrubs P1 2pm
W Reilly Intermediate Hurling Championship R4 Sean Treacys v Kilburn Gaels B Scrubs P1 4pm
McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 Kingdom/Kerry Gaels v Round Towers Greenford P2 3pm
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 Eire Og v Dulwich Harps Downhills 3pm

Sunday 11th October
McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 North London Shamrocks v TirChonaill Gaels Tottenhall Road 1.30pm
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 CuChullains v TirChonaill Gaels Tottenhall Road 3.30pm
McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 Fulham Irish v Neasden Gaels Ruislip 3pm
Reserve Championship R1 Thomas McCurtains v Fulham Irish Goodmayes 11am
McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 Thomas McCurtains v St Kiernans Goodmayes 3pm
Toureen Group Junior Football Championship R2 St Kiernans Jnr v St Anthonys Greenford P2 12pm
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 St Brendans v St Josephs Greenford P2 2pm
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 Parnells v Garryowen Greenford P2 4pm
Toureen Group Junior Football Championship R2 Wandsworth Gaels v Tara Hazelwood 1pm

biro (Limerick) - Posts: 10 - 05/10/2020 08:30:12    2295717

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Replying To WestAwake88:  "London is always see as the 'premier' county in Britain but the facilities, treatment of players, promotion and organisation lags behind Warwickshire and Scotland, the former in particular.

The notice given for postponing the cup finals yesterday was a joke. Players already on their way to Ruislip from some parts of London. That's one good way of turning players off from playing."
Surely the County Board could have foreseen yesterday's shambles and put alternative plans in place on Friday/Saturday. I noticed a number of clubs and their members complaining and throwing jibes on social media also. The reality is that until younger members in the city get more involved at administrative level the needs of players will be well down the list of priorities.

LondainEire (UK) - Posts: 8 - 05/10/2020 10:40:18    2295740

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Following on from Westawakes comments, what happened yesterday in relation to the finals fixed for Ruislip was nothing short of a disgrace. I know the members of the County Board are volunteers and giving up their time etc. but so are the County Board members of every other County. I can guarantee you what happened yesterday morning would not have happened anywhere in Ireland.

To give some clarity, Eire Og v Dulwich was fixed for 12pm in Ruislip. The Eire Og committee was contacted at 10.15 am. I'm fairly sure this was the same for Dulwich who have a very long trek to Ruislip. I know the pitch needs to be looked after but if it can't take two days of rain how is it going to host games in November??

Every man and his dog knew it was down to pour rain all weekend, could they not have changed venues Friday evening? Sunday league soccer is often called off on the Sunday morning due to weather and teams are always notified early doors - 8am or so. Lazy, senseless and disrespectful towards EO and Dulwich from the County Board.

ballymoreboy34 (UK) - Posts: 4 - 05/10/2020 10:46:05    2295746

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Replying To ballymoreboy34:  "Following on from Westawakes comments, what happened yesterday in relation to the finals fixed for Ruislip was nothing short of a disgrace. I know the members of the County Board are volunteers and giving up their time etc. but so are the County Board members of every other County. I can guarantee you what happened yesterday morning would not have happened anywhere in Ireland.

To give some clarity, Eire Og v Dulwich was fixed for 12pm in Ruislip. The Eire Og committee was contacted at 10.15 am. I'm fairly sure this was the same for Dulwich who have a very long trek to Ruislip. I know the pitch needs to be looked after but if it can't take two days of rain how is it going to host games in November??

Every man and his dog knew it was down to pour rain all weekend, could they not have changed venues Friday evening? Sunday league soccer is often called off on the Sunday morning due to weather and teams are always notified early doors - 8am or so. Lazy, senseless and disrespectful towards EO and Dulwich from the County Board."
It was very disrespectful to Eire Og and Dulwich to have the game cancelled at such late notice, especially as some members were on their way to Ruislip or actually there when notified. Surely an alternative venue could have been found as Goodmayes and Greenford were in excellent condition all weekend. Given the heavy investment clubs like Harps and Eire Og put in to their teams for preparation etc it must be disheartening not to have a crack at some silverware.

whoareya (Donegal) - Posts: 49 - 05/10/2020 12:17:50    2295771

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Definitely after the games in Scrubs were cancelled on Saturday an alternative should have been put in place for Sundays games. From what I heard Greenford was not too bad underfoot on Saturday. (Although mentioned previously the top pitch is in terrible conditional, the two goalmouths very uneven and a few temporary fixes look to have been put in place for some other spots on the pitch).

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 1999 - 05/10/2020 17:13:51    2295873

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McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 Kingdom/Kerry Gaels v Round Towers Greenford P2 3pm - can only see an easy Round Towers victory here.
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 Eire Og v Dulwich Harps Downhills 3pm - could be close but Dulwich should have too much quality.

Sunday 11th October
McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 North London Shamrocks v TirChonaill Gaels Tottenhall Road 1.30pm - an easy TCG win.
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 CuChullains v TirChonaill Gaels Tottenhall Road 3.30pm - Cuchulainns should win comfortably.
McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 Fulham Irish v Neasden Gaels Ruislip 3pm - Fulham should have too much for PSG.

McAleer & Rushe Senior Football Championship R1 Thomas McCurtains v St Kiernans Goodmayes 3pm - St Kiernans should win well here but McCurtains will put it up to them.
Toureen Group Junior Football Championship R2 St Kiernans Jnr v St Anthonys Greenford P2 12pm - be a close game but Anthonys will shade it.
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 St Brendans v St Josephs Greenford P2 2pm - Really hard to see anything other than a St Josephs win, Brendans seem to be on a downward spiral.
VGC Intermediate Football Championship R1 Parnells v Garryowen Greenford P2 4pm - Garryowen should win this one.
Toureen Group Junior Football Championship R2 Wandsworth Gaels v Tara Hazelwood 1pm - Wandsworth should win well, they will want to lay down a marker for the championship after poor performances in the Cups.

LondainEire (UK) - Posts: 8 - 06/10/2020 10:23:15    2296004

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can you get into Ruislip to watch games?

Yourjoking (USA) - Posts: 527 - 06/10/2020 13:29:55    2296053

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Replying To Yourjoking:  "can you get into Ruislip to watch games?"
Yes, but you need to sign in with an app (I used Evepass) though I expect there is a paper option for those without a phone; and the stand is off limits apart from OAPs and I guess the disabled, so bring a brolly as there's only so much room under the TV gantry on the other side, probably only 2 or 3 if they are properly spaced apart!

Londonish (UK) - Posts: 13 - 06/10/2020 15:31:41    2296085

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RIP to the great Paddy Cowan founder of the Irish World. A great servant to the irish in the UK. Without their GAA coverage we wouldnt know what was going on in London GAA. May he rest in peace.

LondainGael (UK) - Posts: 7 - 07/10/2020 10:43:32    2296201

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Replying To LondainGael:  "RIP to the great Paddy Cowan founder of the Irish World. A great servant to the irish in the UK. Without their GAA coverage we wouldnt know what was going on in London GAA. May he rest in peace."
RIP Paddy, met him a few times, lovely fella, did an awful lot for the Irish in the UK.

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 1999 - 08/10/2020 15:55:23    2296430

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London County Board Fixtures

Saturday 17th October
Senior Hurling Championship R5 Thomas McCurtains v Bros Pearse Goodmayes 3pm
Intermediate Hurling Championship R5 CuChullains v Sean Treacys Ruislip 2pm
Senior Hurling Championship R5 St Gabriels v Robert Emmets Ruislip 4pm
Intermediate Hurling Championship R5 St Gabriels B v Fulham Irish Scrubs 1pm
Intermediate Hurling Championship R5 Kilburn Gaels B v Granuaile Scrubs 2.30pm
Senior Hurling Championship R5 Fr Murphys v Kilburn Gaels Scrubs 4pm
Intermediate Football Championship R2 Garryowen v St Brendans Greenford P2 1pm
Senior Football Championship R2 Neasden Gaels v Kingdom/Kerry Gaels Greenford P2 2.30pm
Reserve Football Championship R4 St Kiernans v Fulham Irish Greenford P2 4pm

Sunday 18th October
Senior Football Championship R2 TirChonaill Gaels v Thomas McCurtains Ruislip 1pm
Intermediate Football Championship R2 TirChonaill Gaels v Eire Og Ruislip 3pm
Intermediate Football Championship R2 Dulwich Harps v CuChullains Greenford P2 12.30pm
Intermediate Football Championship R2 St Josephs v Parnells Greenford P2 2pm
Senior Football Championship R2 Round Towers v Fulham Irish Greenford P2 3.30pm
Reserve Football Championship R4 North London Shamrocks v Round Towers Tottenhall Road 12pm
Junior Football Championship R1 Tara v St Kiernans Jnr Tottenhall Road 1.30pm
Senior Football Championship R2 St Kiernans v North London Shamrocks Tottenhall Road 3pm

Venues subject to alteration dependent on weather

biro (Limerick) - Posts: 10 - 12/10/2020 12:15:16    2296970

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A few close games in senior at the weekend, with TCG apparently struggling against Shamrocks. Intermediate seems wide open, Dulwich lucky to beat Eire Og with the latter very fortunate to finish with 15 men after a senseless and lazy tackle that definitely merited a red card. Surprising to see St Brendans and Parnells emerge victorious also.

whoareya (Donegal) - Posts: 49 - 12/10/2020 12:46:43    2296977

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Lots of suprising results this weekend i thought.
In senior didnt expect KKG to pull off a draw against Towers. Fulham just about got away with the win against what has to be said was a poor enough Neasden team in comparison to the recent Galacticos. TCG scraping by NLS too - NLS seem to be in better shape than last year anyways and TCG maybe not as strong. Kiernans with an easy win against TMC - expected a bit more from TMC considering their exploits last year but maybe they are not up to it.

Intermediate saw a big win for Dulwich - previous post seems to say they were lucky. Were a strong side last year though and will fancy their chances at this grade. V surprised by Brendans win against joes. Brendans have lost a lot of players so a big win for them - Coulter still working his magic there while Joes will be hurting. Parnells have an exciting young team so expected them to turnover Garryowen and a good win for Cu's against TCG inters.

Junior struggling a bit this year - good win for Wandsworth agaisnt Taras and St Anthonys just got over the line against kiernans. Kiernans progressing really well as a club it has to be said.

Wide open across the board though it seems

LondainGael (UK) - Posts: 7 - 12/10/2020 15:15:18    2297022

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Replying To LondainGael:  "Lots of suprising results this weekend i thought.
In senior didnt expect KKG to pull off a draw against Towers. Fulham just about got away with the win against what has to be said was a poor enough Neasden team in comparison to the recent Galacticos. TCG scraping by NLS too - NLS seem to be in better shape than last year anyways and TCG maybe not as strong. Kiernans with an easy win against TMC - expected a bit more from TMC considering their exploits last year but maybe they are not up to it.

Intermediate saw a big win for Dulwich - previous post seems to say they were lucky. Were a strong side last year though and will fancy their chances at this grade. V surprised by Brendans win against joes. Brendans have lost a lot of players so a big win for them - Coulter still working his magic there while Joes will be hurting. Parnells have an exciting young team so expected them to turnover Garryowen and a good win for Cu's against TCG inters.

Junior struggling a bit this year - good win for Wandsworth agaisnt Taras and St Anthonys just got over the line against kiernans. Kiernans progressing really well as a club it has to be said.

Wide open across the board though it seems"
Towers beat KKG by a point going by results on twitter, had a number of new faces by all accounts. NLS down to the bare bones but put it up TCG. Kiernans had a scoring spree before half time that was the big difference v TMC. Didnt hear anything on Fulham v Neasden.
Inter looks like it will be very close again this year, even the teams who lost at the weekend will still fancy their chances, have TCG lost a few players to their senior side?

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 1999 - 13/10/2020 10:41:41    2297190

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Replying To Rosineri1:  "Towers beat KKG by a point going by results on twitter, had a number of new faces by all accounts. NLS down to the bare bones but put it up TCG. Kiernans had a scoring spree before half time that was the big difference v TMC. Didnt hear anything on Fulham v Neasden.
Inter looks like it will be very close again this year, even the teams who lost at the weekend will still fancy their chances, have TCG lost a few players to their senior side?"
Inter has evened out this past few seasons, Dulwich will probably fancy doing back to back championships given the drop in standard. There's definitely five or six teams there who would fancy their chances at winning it. St Brendans beating St Joes was a big shock, the other games sounded pretty tight affairs.
Some tight games at senior also, NLS have been struggling this few years so the closeness of that result would surprise a lot of people. Them and St Kiernans should come through that group but the other looks to be very competitive.

LondainEire (UK) - Posts: 8 - 13/10/2020 11:32:40    2297205

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Any views inda hurling,how's my old club fr.Murphys doing,see.they have no win yet.why did bardon leave???

edshamrocks (Wexford) - Posts: 337 - 14/10/2020 23:07:17    2297678

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