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Replying To thelowball:  "@ Rory, what a stupid post, some illiteracy going on"
Who would you like to see on the panel lad apart from yourself lol. Couple of wee questions who would your top 6 defenders be if all fit and who would would you delegate to man mark the top forwards. Nice simple question for you to maybe prove to people that you know abit about football and not your usual keyboard warrior who wudnt know an o Neills ball if it hit them on the head. I await your reply with interest.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1142 - 02/12/2021 11:22:22    2391391

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Not a big fan of the Campbell appointment to be honest even though he is a one of our club legends. I watched him when was Manager of Steelstown in derry and it wasn't a good watch to be honest due to it being very defensive but the one thing about that is he was a player manager then and this time he is only coach from what I gather so hopefully i'm wrong.

just to make a comment on the U21 championship our boys were very poor this year going out to Kilcar who from what ive heard don't have much at underage currently. Jonny McLoone on the back of that loss will be our new senior manager and I now fully believe we are for sure in transition with just average enough teams come up through our underage teams.

naomh_conaill_4 (Donegal) - Posts: 410 - 02/12/2021 16:51:56    2391465

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "How do we see the U21 championship going? I thought that Termon were well equipped but looks like Oisin Gallen torpedoed their ambitions. Having read the match reports from the weekend I'd say Eunans look the most likely now given the players they have at their disposal. If they can keep their focus it is very hard to see who will topple them. Not a bad year at all for the Cathedral Town club - senior, reserve and possible u21 champions. The sleeping giant has awoken it would seem."
With it being under 21 Termon must have close to a full team underage again next year. Great to see them also fielding a second team. Most of the Mccumhaills main men are all at their final year and farah has to be a real difference maker. Though agree st eunans should be to good for everyone. Think they've five starters from the senior team and a few more very close.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 475 - 03/12/2021 08:54:41    2391508

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah it would be great to see more of our senior clubs being in with a realistic chance of winning the championship. The competition at senior level in Tyrone is fierce and it can only be good for the health of the game overall. Four Masters have really put in massive work at underage level. The key now will be to ensure that translates to senior. Not always an easy thing to do with young people moving away, player drop out etc."
Four masters really seem to be doing the right thing at underage. They won last years minors (played this year), lost the minor semi this year by a point to mccumaills. I think they won the under 15 and 13s and their second team at 13s also seemed very good. They are also in the under 21 semi. That's at least 6 years of good teams there and realistically that has to come through at senior. That very successful gweedore underage team a few years ago was one team and doesn't seem enough to sustain them at the very highest level.

Although eunans gave a great bunch from say 19 to 23 their minors didn't seem to play minor A this. I'm not sure how that happened in a club with a pick like st eunans. Mccumhaills had a great year at minor this. Overall they're a team on the up but have they enough to compete at the very top. I'm not sure. Although termon got relegated they have a good crop around the 20 age bracket though again usually one good underage team is not enough to really make the difference at senior. Glenswilly are also doing pretty well at underage.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 475 - 03/12/2021 09:03:05    2391509

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any changes on Donegal panel for coming year,

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 182 - 05/12/2021 12:30:02    2391713

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All the very best to Paddy McGrath as he steps away from the county scene. What a warrior he was in the green and gold over the years. Such a pity he suffered the injuries he did at the latter stage of his county career. Paddy's aggression, tenacity & drive are the kind of traits we're currently lacking in my opinion but that's another story.

No doubt he'll continue to proudly represent his club in the years ahead.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7468 - 06/12/2021 10:24:47    2391816

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All the best paddy. What a player gave us so many great days , thanks for the memories defenders like you are few and far between.enjoy your retirement lad

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1142 - 06/12/2021 11:21:11    2391824

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "All the very best to Paddy McGrath as he steps away from the county scene. What a warrior he was in the green and gold over the years. Such a pity he suffered the injuries he did at the latter stage of his county career. Paddy's aggression, tenacity & drive are the kind of traits we're currently lacking in my opinion but that's another story.

No doubt he'll continue to proudly represent his club in the years ahead."
An warrior indeed. Played an All Ireland u21 final in 2010 against the Dubs with a wired jaw having broke it two weeks earlier in the semi final against Tipp. Pretty much sums him up.

Best of Luck Paddy.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 108 - 06/12/2021 11:36:18    2391826

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Sorry to hear Paddy is stepping away from county football, a great servant to the county and he can retire now with a Celtic cross and a pocket full of Ulster medals to go with it, we'll be lucky to find defenders half as good as him.
He can devote the remaining years of his playing career now to the club, no doubt we haven't seen the last of him.
Thanks Paddy for the great days you helped give this county.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 1822 - 06/12/2021 12:35:13    2391837

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "All the very best to Paddy McGrath as he steps away from the county scene. What a warrior he was in the green and gold over the years. Such a pity he suffered the injuries he did at the latter stage of his county career. Paddy's aggression, tenacity & drive are the kind of traits we're currently lacking in my opinion but that's another story.

No doubt he'll continue to proudly represent his club in the years ahead."
Very well said Lock. What a player and servant Paddy has been over the years for Donegal. No doubt there would've been a couple of years more were it not for injuries. Tough as they come with a drive and controlled aggression to match as you say something we lacking in some of our young players coming through. All the best in your retirement Paddy and thanks for your contribution in some great days.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2686 - 06/12/2021 12:57:17    2391843

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Separately I see the new Donegal jersey got released today in time for the Christmas market. Its the worst I have seen for many years. Far too much going on and some of the detail doesn't work like the 3 random lines on each sleeve. Never been one to buy or wear GAA jerseys much anyways but wouldn't be rushing if I was especially since the last few jerseys have been easy on the eye in comparison.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2686 - 06/12/2021 13:04:06    2391846

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Replying To panamasam:  "Separately I see the new Donegal jersey got released today in time for the Christmas market. Its the worst I have seen for many years. Far too much going on and some of the detail doesn't work like the 3 random lines on each sleeve. Never been one to buy or wear GAA jerseys much anyways but wouldn't be rushing if I was especially since the last few jerseys have been easy on the eye in comparison."
Agreed. It reminds me of a bad rugby league jersey. Sponsors plastered all over it. The county board seem to be more concerned with money and elitism these days they are slowly forgetting about the clubs.

But they do have the club named embezzled on the jersey as well - a token gesture. They could be doing so much more for clubs, especially the smaller ones that are struggling.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 108 - 06/12/2021 15:36:34    2391876

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Agreed. It reminds me of a bad rugby league jersey. Sponsors plastered all over it. The county board seem to be more concerned with money and elitism these days they are slowly forgetting about the clubs.

But they do have the club named embezzled on the jersey as well - a token gesture. They could be doing so much more for clubs, especially the smaller ones that are struggling."
Ya you nailed it it does look like a rugby league jersey. I do like the detail in having the clubs on it especially in a day when there is more diversity in terms of players picked from a wider range of clubs than days gone by. They have obviously foregone the 3 stripes down the sleeve to get the sponsors on but don't understand why they didn't wrap the stripes around the sleeve rather than the random 3 lines. The design on the yellow is unnecessary and not really a fan of that shade of yellow myself.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2686 - 06/12/2021 16:49:48    2391888

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Agreed. It reminds me of a bad rugby league jersey. Sponsors plastered all over it. The county board seem to be more concerned with money and elitism these days they are slowly forgetting about the clubs.

But they do have the club named embezzled on the jersey as well - a token gesture. They could be doing so much more for clubs, especially the smaller ones that are struggling."
Donegal seem to change jersey every year?

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2420 - 06/12/2021 18:24:07    2391907

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Replying To FoolsGold:  "Donegal seem to change jersey every year?"
Nah its generally every 2 years to be fair. Probably be an alternative jersey released maybe in the new year or possibly wait till after next season for that.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2686 - 07/12/2021 12:25:11    2391974

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Don't like the new Jersey but if we win Sam in it I'll frame one of them! Paddy McGrath, what a man. Brilliant in 2012 and superb against Dublin in 2014. As others have alluded to, we need men now to take on the mantle of the art of defending which Paddy had down to a fine art.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1025 - 07/12/2021 21:57:35    2392041

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Following the recent club championships & with the McKenna Cup fast approaching, are there any players that will make the step up? I know there is a Development squad in place as well.

On the flip side of the coin, have any players stepped away? Have only heard about Paddy McGrath. Neil McGee seems to be giving it one last shot.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7468 - 09/12/2021 10:41:29    2392159

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What a wee terrier Paddy was.. Always gave 110%..always remember the Dublin 2014 where after a bad start he go going after 20 minutes. That's another defender gone now.. With that in mind who is our starting 6 full and half backs now.. I really think the time is for Ryan to move into half forward now and have backs now in back positions. What do yous all think? From watching the club championship I thought Brendan mcCole and C Ward really stood out.. Are these two players starters now.. Is Neil able for a full 70 minutes now.. Is kerian Gillespie completely gone from inter County football. Questions to be answered? Any ideas folks?

RoryGall35 (Donegal) - Posts: 120 - 09/12/2021 11:15:26    2392166

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Replying To RoryGall35:  "What a wee terrier Paddy was.. Always gave 110%..always remember the Dublin 2014 where after a bad start he go going after 20 minutes. That's another defender gone now.. With that in mind who is our starting 6 full and half backs now.. I really think the time is for Ryan to move into half forward now and have backs now in back positions. What do yous all think? From watching the club championship I thought Brendan mcCole and C Ward really stood out.. Are these two players starters now.. Is Neil able for a full 70 minutes now.. Is kerian Gillespie completely gone from inter County football. Questions to be answered? Any ideas folks?"
As well as backs being able to defend,nowadays they need to be comfortable on the ball,attack and be able to take a score as now it is very often that they are left with the best shooting chances.If they can't do that the opposition have less people to worry about.As far as I know all the Tyrone defenders play in more advanced positions for their clubs.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 775 - 09/12/2021 12:19:02    2392180

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Best of luck to wee Paddy on what appears to have been an'enforced' retirement. Paddy McGrath looked injury free last year and played well every day out for his club. Bonner again talking out both sides of his mouth. Paddy could and should still be there. @ Rory . Before u jump in, there's one and still the best man marker in the county. Rory ,why don't u tell us who is better at the moment!

thelowball (USA) - Posts: 360 - 09/12/2021 14:30:22    2392204

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