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Replying To carlowman:  "Well done to the panel of players who stuck with the system and got their reward yesterday.

People can talk all night and tomorrow about Tipp this and Tipp that but Carlow never looked like losing yesterday especially after they got stuck in after half time.
They played with belief on the system and in each other and despite all the massive criticism of Carew and of the players and the moaning after previous management's, it was great to witness a new style - and playing with panache and no little confidence either. Well done.
Well done for sticking at it and getting your rewards yesterday !
Nice to have a win and Westmeath next Sunday...looking forward to that match too!"
Well said

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts: 622 - 31/05/2022 09:54:14    2421295

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Well done to the players and management, I think we need to keep perspective though, this weekend will be a much better signal as to if we are improving or not, it's a good competition though, playing teams roughly of your own level, it's hard to gauge how seriously tipp took the game as others have said they didn't look good, for Carlow though the extra game will bring them on and the confidence a win can bring can be huge, westmeath will be a sterner test however.

Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1356 - 31/05/2022 11:18:57    2421325

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Great win on Sunday. Was very impressed with the way the lads went about their business. They were hungry & fought for every breaking ball like tigers. This was the complete opposite to the Louth game. Tipp were poor & I dont know how motivated they were for the game but you can only beat what's put in front of you. Westmeath will be a big step up & Heslin will take looking after but at least we into the next round. I was critical of the set up earlier in the year but I never doubted the effort & commitment the lads put into it & I'm delighted this young team got a good win. Hopefully a decent crowd will turn up on Sunday & support them now.

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 142 - 31/05/2022 13:27:02    2421373

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The big chance on Sunday is that Westmeath will be looking ahead and take us for
granted.
Already here their posters are looking at a semi final with Offaly.

Would be great to win the next match and here's hoping for a good performance.

carlovia (None) - Posts: 1481 - 01/06/2022 18:01:18    2421671

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Onion Breath (Carlow) - Posts: 1331 - 01/06/2022 22:03:01    2421707

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Thinking of heading down to the game on Sunday. Does anyone know, are they taking cash at the stiles or so tickets need to be precooked?

Blackbogger (Carlow) - Posts: 166 - 03/06/2022 08:43:21    2421888

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Replying To Blackbogger:  "Thinking of heading down to the game on Sunday. Does anyone know, are they taking cash at the stiles or so tickets need to be precooked?"
No cash anywhere even smallest Club games

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 371 - 03/06/2022 10:57:34    2421924

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Replying To carlovia:  "The big chance on Sunday is that Westmeath will be looking ahead and take us for
granted.
Already here their posters are looking at a semi final with Offaly.

Would be great to win the next match and here's hoping for a good performance."
not guaranteed a semi final have to win in carlow first so i dont know what you are on about

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1524 - 03/06/2022 11:11:31    2421931

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Replying To Seanfanbocht:  "No cash anywhere even smallest Club games"
Can anyone explain what's behind this policy?

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 377 - 03/06/2022 12:44:42    2421963

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Replying To mickcunningham:  "not guaranteed a semi final have to win in carlow first so i dont know what you are on about"
You need to read your county forum
Then you will see the current almost arrogant view

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts: 622 - 03/06/2022 15:27:17    2422024

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Replying To CARPS:  "Can anyone explain what's behind this policy?"
I'll hazard a guess or 2
Insurance
All the money goes to organising body , no chance of 10 or 15% "vanishing" before being sent in.

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 371 - 03/06/2022 15:31:34    2422027

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Replying To Seanfanbocht:  "I'll hazard a guess or 2
Insurance
All the money goes to organising body , no chance of 10 or 15% "vanishing" before being sent in."
Yeah. But the 10-15% saved probably wouldn't make up for the lost "walk up" trade.

A lot of people only decide at the last minute to attend games.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 377 - 03/06/2022 16:51:45    2422040

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Replying To CARPS:  "Can anyone explain what's behind this policy?"
To make it easier for the older cohort that payed the game in their youth; gave up much of their spare time along the way and have ready access to i phones and technology.

That and having your money in advance whether you subsequently turn up.

The foregoing plus a total dis-remove from Joe and Josephine Soap.

As someone else on the main forum put it; and put it very well - its easier to book a Ryanair flight than go to a game now

Well done Croke Park. Take a bow

Passer_By (Carlow) - Posts: 478 - 03/06/2022 20:59:13    2422059

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Replying To Blackbog:  "You need to read your county forum
Then you will see the current almost arrogant view"
it is my view that carlow will be treated with the upmost respect

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1524 - 03/06/2022 21:54:25    2422062

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Replying To CARPS:  "Yeah. But the 10-15% saved probably wouldn't make up for the lost "walk up" trade.

A lot of people only decide at the last minute to attend games."
You also have to pay someone else to maintain the technology I imagine. So you might have less money coming in, and more outgoings than just having volunteers on the gate.

Sgt.Pepper (Carlow) - Posts: 83 - 04/06/2022 20:57:08    2422234

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Best of luck to the lads today. I was hoping for a dry day but unfortunately it's horrible out & I fear the wet sod wont suit our small fast team. However no one is expecting Carlow to win today so the pressure is off & the lads can have a real cut at it & you never know. Ceatharlach Abu

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 142 - 05/06/2022 11:50:23    2422359

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Great effort from the lads on Sunday, just came up against a better side. Westmeath were very good, much more composed in possession and very accurate when kicking at the posts, Carlow can have no complaints.

Fair play to the lads for their commitment and effort this season.

TaosHum (Carlow) - Posts: 181 - 07/06/2022 07:59:43    2422815

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Replying To TaosHum:  "Great effort from the lads on Sunday, just came up against a better side. Westmeath were very good, much more composed in possession and very accurate when kicking at the posts, Carlow can have no complaints.

Fair play to the lads for their commitment and effort this season."
Yeah I agree was a great effort against superior opposition. Westmeath have been playing in div 2 & 3 consistently and their conditioning is at a higher level than ours. That said I thought our lads played very well & never gave up right until the end. The cheer for our 2nd goal just before half time was brilliant to hear & we gave them plenty to think about. As I predicted before the game Heslin was going to be hard to contain & he proved what a class footballer he is but if we played like this throughout the league we wouldn't have been far off promotion. If we can keep this young team together & get a few additions that should be in with the county set up we wont be far off next year. On a side note it's sad to see no players on the panel from 3 of our Senior clubs. We only have 8 senior clubs so its disappointing to have no players representing Mlr, Tinryland or Ballinabranna. Surely there are players there capable of playing inter county football.

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 142 - 07/06/2022 15:18:45    2423087

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Replying To carlo:  "Yeah I agree was a great effort against superior opposition. Westmeath have been playing in div 2 & 3 consistently and their conditioning is at a higher level than ours. That said I thought our lads played very well & never gave up right until the end. The cheer for our 2nd goal just before half time was brilliant to hear & we gave them plenty to think about. As I predicted before the game Heslin was going to be hard to contain & he proved what a class footballer he is but if we played like this throughout the league we wouldn't have been far off promotion. If we can keep this young team together & get a few additions that should be in with the county set up we wont be far off next year. On a side note it's sad to see no players on the panel from 3 of our Senior clubs. We only have 8 senior clubs so its disappointing to have no players representing Mlr, Tinryland or Ballinabranna. Surely there are players there capable of playing inter county football."
I agree with the main points you make, and I would add that the team beaten fairly and squarely last Sunday has learned a lot and has improved enormously since the London match. They are a very young but eager bunch.
Darragh Foley echoes your main point that he hopes that the panel will stay together for next year and that I think is vital to improved performances next year.
Overall, the team has played to a pattern and it is productive as seen last Sunday and the previous week against Tipperary and the game plan has slowly emerged and has given the panel confidence as they now see how it works and what it takes for it to be successful.
The team has a few things to improve on especially retaining possession from long kick outs and midfield will need more thought for next year and I believe that the situation can be remedied from within the current squad.
I take your point on nobody from certain clubs being there but realistically, is there anyone good enough from those 3 clubs to make the panel?

I also think that the confidence that the team has generated by being in the Tailteann as well as the league together will pay dividends IF the same crop stays put next year and again prepares well.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1700 - 08/06/2022 18:31:11    2423449

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Replying To carlowman:  "I agree with the main points you make, and I would add that the team beaten fairly and squarely last Sunday has learned a lot and has improved enormously since the London match. They are a very young but eager bunch.
Darragh Foley echoes your main point that he hopes that the panel will stay together for next year and that I think is vital to improved performances next year.
Overall, the team has played to a pattern and it is productive as seen last Sunday and the previous week against Tipperary and the game plan has slowly emerged and has given the panel confidence as they now see how it works and what it takes for it to be successful.
The team has a few things to improve on especially retaining possession from long kick outs and midfield will need more thought for next year and I believe that the situation can be remedied from within the current squad.
I take your point on nobody from certain clubs being there but realistically, is there anyone good enough from those 3 clubs to make the panel?

I also think that the confidence that the team has generated by being in the Tailteann as well as the league together will pay dividends IF the same crop stays put next year and again prepares well."
Yeah I see Foley has come out saying he hope's they stick together & hopefully he will stick around too to help this young squad. I heard rumours after the game on Sunday that Ruth could be retiring so not many old heads left if that is true. As regards my point on the 3 senior clubs I still feel that there has to be players there good enough to play inter county. I know MLR concentrate on hurling but they stay up Senior in football every year & have regularly made semi finals. I remember Gary Kelly was on the team few years back & was good but it will be hard to get them to play inter county football when most of them play hurling. Tinryland had a lot of lads on the panel up to recently but with the retirements of Broderick & Redmond they are all gone now. Where is Jackson & Lawlor? They were there with O Brien & would be a good addition but have fallen away also. Ballinabranna had Darren Luney in there for years but didnt get much game time but with all the retirements he would probably get a start now. They also have the big lad Dorgan who played with the Carlow u20,s last year or the year before who would be good enough. That's just 3 senior clubs with no representation but a lot of other Senior & interimediate clubs could have more lads in there too. Fair play to Leighlinbridge a junior club with young Brennan in there & interimediate clubs like Grange & Fenagh with a few each on the panel. We are a small enough county so we need to spread our wings as wide as possible.

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 142 - 09/06/2022 11:18:49    2423548

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