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Replying To benchtoaster:  "Are you really trying to suggest that Dublin are paying players to play Gaelic football?"
I never suggested any such thing.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 633 - 19/04/2024 21:46:05    2539130

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Replying To Redzer99:  "What are U20 hurlers like?"
Decent but big surprised if they win tomorrow

Carlowtothecore1 (Carlow) - Posts: 32 - 19/04/2024 22:56:27    2539143

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Replying To Carlowtothecore1:  "Lads. I tried to ask this question last week! Any truth in the rumours that some of our senior footballers had a good ould blow out the weekend before Wexford game? Included some of the established players , then blame the performance on management and everyone else???"
Players from my own club - who are on the hurling panel (we have nobody on football at the moment) - say it's not true. But that there are issues between players and management. Which doesn't bode well.

Best of luck to hurlers tomorrow. They'll need it. Let's face it, their All Ireland final will be up in front of that blue stand in West Belfast.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 633 - 20/04/2024 17:52:36    2539254

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Also, best of luck to the Carlow ladies tomorrow against Louth in the Leinster first round. Would be tremendous to see them build on their fantastic Division Four victory. Ed Burke has put together a fine squad, and they deserve a big crowd.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 633 - 20/04/2024 18:01:42    2539257

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Replying To Unusedsub:  "I'm thinking of heading to Galway on Sunday for the match. Not expecting much but hopefully a decent performance to gain so confidence. A really bad beating could have an impact going forward. Carlow put up a really good showing the last time they played championship there, while not expecting a repeat a regain to some form would be great. Hopefully there'll be a decent travelling support for the team as they deserve it."
I hope you traveled as did I…
Is there actually any reall Carlow GAA supporters on this or just armchair spoofers! Not a mention on todays very very honourable performance in Salthill against one of the championship favourites..
it was a a privilege to be there and proud day to be from Carlow..
enough said!

Carlowtothecore1 (Carlow) - Posts: 32 - 21/04/2024 21:49:27    2539635

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Very proud of our lads today against one of the Championship favourites. With 53 minutes gone we scored a goal to cut the gap to 4 points. Ok they then went on to win by 11 points but it was a great performance from us. 6 senior clubs in Carlow compared to a hugh hurling county like Galway. We should really enjoy days like this because they won't last forever especially when you see our underage results. As for the Sunday game not even mentioning how well Carlow played just the usual guff about the gulf in class between the top & bottom. Do they realise or care how big an effort & performance that was from us??. They talk about promotion of the game & can't even give a small bit of credit when a small team puts in a really decent performance. No offence to Antrim but we were really competitive today compared to then & we got the same treatment. You get the feeling that they only want the same few teams up there with the crap they go on with. Anyway on to Dublin & hopefully that game today hasn't taken too much out of the lads. If they recover well we can really rattle the Dubs. Proud man today of our senior hurling team

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 221 - 22/04/2024 00:17:19    2539668

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Really good performance yesterday in Galway. The hurlers continue to punch well above their weight and do our county proud. Its unlikely to happen but we need to pour all resources into hurling at this stage who have put up a strong showing against one of the main all Ireland contenders in their back yard while the footballers lose by over 20 points to one of the weakest football counties in the country.
Hopefully the hurlers can stay injury free and hold on to Liam McCarthy status for 2025. That would be a fantastic achievement along with having secured our Div1 hurling league status next year also.

Dualclub1 (Carlow) - Posts: 278 - 22/04/2024 10:04:44    2539738

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Replying To carlo:  "Very proud of our lads today against one of the Championship favourites. With 53 minutes gone we scored a goal to cut the gap to 4 points. Ok they then went on to win by 11 points but it was a great performance from us. 6 senior clubs in Carlow compared to a hugh hurling county like Galway. We should really enjoy days like this because they won't last forever especially when you see our underage results. As for the Sunday game not even mentioning how well Carlow played just the usual guff about the gulf in class between the top & bottom. Do they realise or care how big an effort & performance that was from us??. They talk about promotion of the game & can't even give a small bit of credit when a small team puts in a really decent performance. No offence to Antrim but we were really competitive today compared to then & we got the same treatment. You get the feeling that they only want the same few teams up there with the crap they go on with. Anyway on to Dublin & hopefully that game today hasn't taken too much out of the lads. If they recover well we can really rattle the Dubs. Proud man today of our senior hurling team"
Absolutely. The dubs are there for the taking it would be great if we could turn them or wexford over. There should be no fear from the lads of either team as many of our club teams would beat or be v competitive against most teams from either county.

benchtoaster (Carlow) - Posts: 25 - 22/04/2024 10:11:37    2539742

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I don't post much here anymore but thought it was worth throwing up a few comments about the game yesterday. The lads put in a great effort and just faded in the last 15 minutes. Overall you'd have to be happy especially after the league final. The pace of hurling yesterday would have been new to a lot of guys, I think 8 of yesterday's starting team started against Galway in Salthill in the 2019 Leinster championship.

The full back line were under pressure at times but thought they stood up well and made some crucial blocks to stop goal scoring opportunities especially in the second half. Kevin McDonald was as solid as ever, his role in the team allowed whoever the Galway centre forward was to drift into midfield and get on easy ball which is probably something we need to work on. Fiachra Fitzpatrick put in a good shift in midfield and improved as the game went on. Marty probably had his best game of the year yesterday after being quiet at times in the league by his standards. Chris didn't have as much influence as in the league but he's definitely a marked man which was evidenced when he was picked up by Padraic Mannion at the start. He still chipped in with two points from play and won a few frees.

Great to see Ciaran Whelan back playing and playing the majority of the game. He can only improve with more hurling, same as Jack Kavanagh and Richie Coady. Paddy Boland caused havoc for the 10 minutes he was on the pitch and can be a great asset to have in the full forward line if we're under pressure out the field and can't work in quality ball to the forwards.

I was a bit disappointed how we conceded the puck out so softly, multiple times Galway could work the ball into shooting positions at ease from puck outs. They were also easily able to clear their lines from defence by switching the play from one side of the field to the other where they had multiple free men. Now maybe the approach yesterday was the lesser of two evils, if you push up and Galway overrun you and create overlaps it could have ended up like the Kilkenny Antrim game yesterday. Anyone onwards and upwards, lets hope for a big performance on Saturday evening at home.

Separately just a small comment on the U20 game Saturday, a very disappointing day. Westmeath are obviously a good team but seemed to have more drive and belief. I hope our lads keep their heads up and power on as they're some nice hurlers on the panel and ultimately they were missing two key men in Sean Wall and Patrick Doyle. Shane Kelly scored some lovely points, I think he ended up with 6 or 7 from play. I'm a bit out of the loop on underage intercounty structures but is there much S&C work being done with the Colts teams up to U20? At every underage game be it hurling or football we seem to be smaller and are often out-muscled.

hurlingguru (Carlow) - Posts: 1834 - 22/04/2024 10:33:29    2539750

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Replying To carlo:  "Very proud of our lads today against one of the Championship favourites. With 53 minutes gone we scored a goal to cut the gap to 4 points. Ok they then went on to win by 11 points but it was a great performance from us. 6 senior clubs in Carlow compared to a hugh hurling county like Galway. We should really enjoy days like this because they won't last forever especially when you see our underage results. As for the Sunday game not even mentioning how well Carlow played just the usual guff about the gulf in class between the top & bottom. Do they realise or care how big an effort & performance that was from us??. They talk about promotion of the game & can't even give a small bit of credit when a small team puts in a really decent performance. No offence to Antrim but we were really competitive today compared to then & we got the same treatment. You get the feeling that they only want the same few teams up there with the crap they go on with. Anyway on to Dublin & hopefully that game today hasn't taken too much out of the lads. If they recover well we can really rattle the Dubs. Proud man today of our senior hurling team"
Thanks for that carlo. How many were we missing yesterday do you know, James Doyle? Fiachra Fitz Patrick? Horse?

Overthebar53 (Carlow) - Posts: 217 - 22/04/2024 10:40:15    2539754

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Replying To Dualclub1:  "Really good performance yesterday in Galway. The hurlers continue to punch well above their weight and do our county proud. Its unlikely to happen but we need to pour all resources into hurling at this stage who have put up a strong showing against one of the main all Ireland contenders in their back yard while the footballers lose by over 20 points to one of the weakest football counties in the country.
Hopefully the hurlers can stay injury free and hold on to Liam McCarthy status for 2025. That would be a fantastic achievement along with having secured our Div1 hurling league status next year also."
We simply can't "pour all resources" into hurling while we have around two times more football clubs. The fact is there is basically no hurling at all in large swathes of the county.

Also, whether we like it or not, football remains far more popular to spectators. This would be inexplicable and defy belief if we didn't consider that 2/3rds of the county live in the Carlow and Tullow town areas which have little or no hurling.

If the Dublin footballers were coming to Doctor Cullen on Saturday, off the back of a decent showing against Galway footballers, there'd be a much bigger crowd (of Carlow people) than will be there this weekend. That's an unavoidable reality.

What we could do is have a serious conversation about the future direction. I would favour a move towards making all clubs dual. Which would require a number of mergers (and maybe a de-merger in the case of Naomh Brid).

By my count, we have only three clubs in the county which are fully dual - from underage up to adult. This is insane, when you think about it.

And it hardly seems to hurt us. Two are senior in both codes, and the other is relatively strong in both.

What should be clear, however, is that Carlow football is going nowhere. And never will be going anywhere. Every decade it's getting worse. And let's be honest, nobody has a solution to turn it around.

I agree with the poster here who advocates diverting most of the football budget to underage. But giving all the money to hurling is a non runner. Turkeys ain't going to vote for Christmas, and big ball clubs have more votes at the County Board.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 633 - 22/04/2024 11:08:11    2539777

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Replying To Carlowtothecore1:  "I hope you traveled as did I…
Is there actually any reall Carlow GAA supporters on this or just armchair spoofers! Not a mention on todays very very honourable performance in Salthill against one of the championship favourites..
it was a a privilege to be there and proud day to be from Carlow..
enough said!"
I didn't get to travel to galway yesterday as it happened due to something else hurling related! I was disappointed I couldn't travel but hope to make the remaining games in the championship. Was stuck to the radio and delighted we put up a strong showing. I agree with the previous poster that we can give the dubs a rattle on Saturday. We were on top for a lot of the game last year and just faded towards the end. This team is a credit to themselves and the county.

Unusedsub (Carlow) - Posts: 82 - 22/04/2024 11:22:15    2539781

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I travelled yesterday.
Spirited performance. Missing James Doyle was a loss and Chris has been ill for a while and it showed as he was on his hunkers on a few occasions and yet still chipped in with 2 points.
Galway were definitely trying out a few player's but had a very strong finishing team as we tired.
Marty got one of the scores of the championship yesterday in the first half from play.
Jon Nolan unlucky not to add other goal.
Overall it was a very solid performance where the backs did very well and showed pace and good touch time after time. Kevin Mc - superb defender and great man to give a good pass upfield.
One or two missed rises of the ball let them in for scores.
As regards Dublin, we'll for me it will take an incredible effort and some luck to turn them over.
They are a top team and have a lot of experience without winning against the bigger teams when it matters.
Regarding the u 20's, they were excellent against Kildare but Westmeath were a cut above the rest with power pace and great touch. Some of their scores were superb.
Yes, we struggled in the physical stakes against them as well.
Nevertheless, there is about 3 players who can make that step up to Senior in the next 2 years.
Finally a decent number of supporters there yesterday. Tullys again there !!!!

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1825 - 22/04/2024 12:57:33    2539841

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I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's game. I think if we perform to our best we have a chance. It's a pity James doyle is still injured as he'd be a loss to any team. If we can reproduce a similar performance to last week only for 70 + minutes then a positive result is achievable. Ceatharlach Abu!

Unusedsub (Carlow) - Posts: 82 - 26/04/2024 17:47:48    2540803

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Best of luck to our hurlers today. A lot of people saying we have a chance & I agree but it would have to be a 70 + mins performance. I think there was only a point in it last summer with less than 10 mins to go but they ran out 10 point winners in the end. They got an unexpected draw last week against Wexford & after playing us last year won't be underestimating us. If we hurl like we did against Galway it will be very close. James Doyle is a hugh loss but hopefully we see him later in Championship. Nothing to lose today lads give it everything. Anyone thinking about going into DCP please do as a big Carlow support will push them on

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 221 - 27/04/2024 09:06:07    2540849

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Replying To carlo:  "Best of luck to our hurlers today. A lot of people saying we have a chance & I agree but it would have to be a 70 + mins performance. I think there was only a point in it last summer with less than 10 mins to go but they ran out 10 point winners in the end. They got an unexpected draw last week against Wexford & after playing us last year won't be underestimating us. If we hurl like we did against Galway it will be very close. James Doyle is a hugh loss but hopefully we see him later in Championship. Nothing to lose today lads give it everything. Anyone thinking about going into DCP please do as a big Carlow support will push them on"
Was talking to a few of the players during the week. They really believe they can cause a major upset today. Hope there's a big crowd at the Grounds.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 633 - 27/04/2024 12:19:19    2540870

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Replying To CARPS:  "Was talking to a few of the players during the week. They really believe they can cause a major upset today. Hope there's a big crowd at the Grounds."
Have to feel the lads left it behind them today, sadly. I felt at half time the victory was there, but we seemed to run out of puff in the last 15 minutes.

Antrim's win today is great for them. But doesn't guarantee them anything.

It's still very likely Carlow and Antrim will be an effective relegation final.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 633 - 27/04/2024 21:38:34    2541046

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Replying To CARPS:  "Have to feel the lads left it behind them today, sadly. I felt at half time the victory was there, but we seemed to run out of puff in the last 15 minutes.

Antrim's win today is great for them. But doesn't guarantee them anything.

It's still very likely Carlow and Antrim will be an effective relegation final."
Hard luck. Great display. Carlow hurling is really getting there.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1055 - 27/04/2024 22:12:10    2541061

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As I said before the game it would take a 70 mins + performance to win it & we only got a 55/60 minute performance. That is not to say we didn't play well as we put it up to the dubs for a long time. We probably should have been further ahead at half time. They gradually reeled us in but that goal was very harsh on us. From the terrace it looked like a square ball but I obviously haven't seen a reply. They just seemed a bit stronger than us & forced the result. Lots of positives & I guarantee that our lads are devastated with that loss where before we would be delighted to get within 5 of Dublin. Heads up & drive it on. Was always going to come down to the Antrim game & we can win that. Ceatharlach abu

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 221 - 28/04/2024 00:44:41    2541095

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Replying To CARPS:  "Have to feel the lads left it behind them today, sadly. I felt at half time the victory was there, but we seemed to run out of puff in the last 15 minutes.

Antrim's win today is great for them. But doesn't guarantee them anything.

It's still very likely Carlow and Antrim will be an effective relegation final."
I heard a number of pundits during the week saying exactly that. That it would be tough for carlow to maintain it for 70 minutes given the game against Galway the previous week. We don't yet have the 19-20 players required to see out these physically tough games. It's another reason btw that I hate the current system. It makes it even more difficult for the little guy to make the breakthrough. There is absolutely no need for shoehorning all these games into a few weeks. Madness.

Overthebar53 (Carlow) - Posts: 217 - 28/04/2024 11:52:10    2541130

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