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First off, hats off to Johnathan and the lads for picking up a point today. It's a vindication of the courage and commitment of these lads whose ego's have never gotten the better of them, unlike some of our more seasoned hurlers - from all clubs, let me hasten to add. I'm not too sure where our footballers are heading anymore, other than back to Div 4. Hope I'm wrong. With all due respect to the winners, they are no way that much better than we are. Maybe when Oisin gets back on the line, things might improve.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 25/02/2024 16:28:15    2528029

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Replying To Freethinker:  "First off, hats off to Johnathan and the lads for picking up a point today. It's a vindication of the courage and commitment of these lads whose ego's have never gotten the better of them, unlike some of our more seasoned hurlers - from all clubs, let me hasten to add. I'm not too sure where our footballers are heading anymore, other than back to Div 4. Hope I'm wrong. With all due respect to the winners, they are no way that much better than we are. Maybe when Oisin gets back on the line, things might improve."
Agreed fair play to the hurlers showing a bit of fight in them...pity the footballers cant do the same...tbf wasn't at the game but it seemed like a really poor showing they seem to be shattered and lacking in any confidence whatsoever can't seem them winning any games this season judging by this performance

stringfellohawk (Wicklow) - Posts: 124 - 25/02/2024 17:15:27    2528045

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What's happened to this positivity? I read on here before the league started that it was going to be tough and it is tough. It's a young panel, we need to build but it won't be built in a year or two. These young men are giving up a lot of free time to play for their county and They are not going out to lose games. support them.

StrandedinWW (Wicklow) - Posts: 20 - 26/02/2024 10:42:06    2528247

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Replying To StrandedinWW:  "What's happened to this positivity? I read on here before the league started that it was going to be tough and it is tough. It's a young panel, we need to build but it won't be built in a year or two. These young men are giving up a lot of free time to play for their county and They are not going out to lose games. support them."
We are on a trajectory but it seems to have taken a wobble or two lately, Clare and not 13 pts better than us. Being beaten by 13 pts won't do anything for morale. These lads have played better teams than Clare in recent weeks and showed well. I have no doubt that they are capable of playing much better than they showed yesterday. It's up to management to get a grip here and get back to the plan. Positivity has to be balanced with reality. I have always been and always will be positive about young players with the pride ambition to line out in their county colours and I think that this team has the potential to go higher than Div3 but being beaten by 13 pts won't help anyone.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 26/02/2024 10:58:04    2528257

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A mini league coming up over the next three weeks to avoid the dreaded drop to D4. Pick up points in the next two matches and the last match up in Belfast with Antrim with nothing to play for could be crucial in the end.
Offaly and Limerick are playing Sligo and Clare in the remaining matches respectively, both with an outside chance of promotion.
Wicklow's matches on paper looks handier. But points must be picked up in Tullamore next weekend

Jack L (None) - Posts: 3104 - 26/02/2024 12:55:54    2528307

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Replying To stringfellohawk:  "Agreed fair play to the hurlers showing a bit of fight in them...pity the footballers cant do the same...tbf wasn't at the game but it seemed like a really poor showing they seem to be shattered and lacking in any confidence whatsoever can't seem them winning any games this season judging by this performance"
Lots of judgements there for someone who admitted they didn't see the match

Victorious87 (Wicklow) - Posts: 597 - 27/02/2024 01:39:04    2528520

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I went down to the game as I have in-laws in Clare. Wicklow actually started well and the game was scrappy until the two goals came in. We had no response at all. This game plan is completely useless once we go a few points behind. We don't look capable of cutting defences open.

Brian Nesbitt is a good find this year, think he should be a regular starter now for the rest of the league. The rest of the forwards, apart from Quinn, are struggling to make much of an impact.

Also struggling to find a good partner for Dean Healy in midfield with Podge O'Toole missing.

Victorious87 (Wicklow) - Posts: 597 - 27/02/2024 01:44:46    2528521

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Replying To Victorious87:  "I went down to the game as I have in-laws in Clare. Wicklow actually started well and the game was scrappy until the two goals came in. We had no response at all. This game plan is completely useless once we go a few points behind. We don't look capable of cutting defences open.

Brian Nesbitt is a good find this year, think he should be a regular starter now for the rest of the league. The rest of the forwards, apart from Quinn, are struggling to make much of an impact.

Also struggling to find a good partner for Dean Healy in midfield with Podge O'Toole missing."
Is Podge injured ? I thought he was close to being ready to come back. What you outlined in the game is concerning. Games where we go behind seem to cause problems. Then, I think we probably have the best available or close enough. Those younger lads can only get better - well that would be the hope. I hear that Conor Byrne is out running again. Hopefully he can make it back. He was the sharpest forward in the county last year until that horrific injury, in my opinion anyway.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 27/02/2024 08:43:52    2528538

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Anyone think we have a chance against Offaly?...certinaly on our last day out we are right up against it...here is hoping we can get our first win of the season!

stringfellohawk (Wicklow) - Posts: 124 - 29/02/2024 15:22:56    2528946

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Replying To stringfellohawk:  "Anyone think we have a chance against Offaly?...certinaly on our last day out we are right up against it...here is hoping we can get our first win of the season!"
Before last weeks result and performance, I would have given the lads a great chance against Offaly as Offaly and Clare were neck and neck in their game. The Clare result has chastened me a bit. Oisin being back might steady the ship and we could do well, but no forecast.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 29/02/2024 18:18:20    2528969

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Replying To StrandedinWW:  "What's happened to this positivity? I read on here before the league started that it was going to be tough and it is tough. It's a young panel, we need to build but it won't be built in a year or two. These young men are giving up a lot of free time to play for their county and They are not going out to lose games. support them."
It's not a loss, but the manner of it.

FrankieJoe (Wicklow) - Posts: 74 - 01/03/2024 17:54:39    2529111

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Replying To stringfellohawk:  "Anyone think we have a chance against Offaly?...certinaly on our last day out we are right up against it...here is hoping we can get our first win of the season!"
We already know how this one is going to go, Close early, Offaly goals, capitulate. Offaly will win by 8 or more.

FrankieJoe (Wicklow) - Posts: 74 - 01/03/2024 17:56:45    2529112

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Reading the WP report on the Clare game, it's as well that Oisin wasn't at that game. It's rare to read a report being even critical of a referee - not to mention outlining specific examples. I hope the lads can be re - focussed on the job in hand. We can still stay up but they need things to start going their way. We seem to be struggling with possession from kick outs. Without Paudge, I'm not sure that can be sorted easily.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 02/03/2024 09:12:53    2529174

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Replying To FrankieJoe:  "We already know how this one is going to go, Close early, Offaly goals, capitulate. Offaly will win by 8 or more."
You must be a clairvoyant. Can't really comment on the game...wasn't there but this result is pathetic...going back to divison 4 is one thing but going back this way is a joke.

stringfellohawk (Wicklow) - Posts: 124 - 03/03/2024 15:37:23    2529430

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will these results make it to the agenda of the next county board meeting and be discussed by the delegates and county executive? If discussed, what will change? If not, why not? Hammered by Clare and Offaly today; hardly two top class footballing counties and yet we can't compete with them. As another poster quite accurately predicted, conceding goals and that is the end of the match. All supporters want is a competitive team to follow but it seems to be beyond the county and questions should be asked.

wicklowsupport (Wicklow) - Posts: 1933 - 03/03/2024 17:01:07    2529462

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Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water….

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 03/03/2024 17:28:17    2529475

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I'm really delighted that I dont take this to heart anymore.

It's a release.

I hope everyone on here are well.

sponger (Wicklow) - Posts: 2908 - 03/03/2024 18:08:54    2529494

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This team seems to be in free fall. I can't get to games for a while so I can't offer too much. I saw some of the highlights or should that be low lights ? Last night on tv. Offaly forwards or at least players seemed to have a lot of space in front of our goal. I realise that this new style of play has everyone all over the place but 5 goals and 15 pts seem to suggest we have a serious problem from midfield back. My concern is the psychological impact these drubbings might have on our young players. Can't be good.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1028 - 04/03/2024 09:58:11    2529628

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Didn't see any of the Clare or Offaly games so only going off the results and match reports but you'd have to be seriously disheartened when counties who focus the majority of their attention & resources on hurling, and who traditionally we would of seen as in or around the same level as ourselves, are beating us so comprehensively.

All this in a week where I read that we've finally managed to fill a key position on the Board that has been outstanding for months and a Wicklow People report that apparently our county chairman is completely in the dark as to why the the previous hurling management team resigned!

Hawkeye2 (Wicklow) - Posts: 122 - 04/03/2024 14:40:25    2529735

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Replying To Freethinker:  "This team seems to be in free fall. I can't get to games for a while so I can't offer too much. I saw some of the highlights or should that be low lights ? Last night on tv. Offaly forwards or at least players seemed to have a lot of space in front of our goal. I realise that this new style of play has everyone all over the place but 5 goals and 15 pts seem to suggest we have a serious problem from midfield back. My concern is the psychological impact these drubbings might have on our young players. Can't be good."
Based upon what I have seen; there are two possibilities - either the manager/management are failing to sort out the defensive issues on the training ground or the players are not capable of following the instructions being issued to them, during a match. One way or another, we are conceding soft goals and it is having a negative effect on the team's confidence. Based upon what I've seen, the problem is getting worse instead of better. Clare and Offaly are two average teams which is why they are in Division 3 but we made them look like All Ireland contenders. Confidence is ebbing away from the players, the management and players need to find a way to tighten up at the back and build from there.

wicklowsupport (Wicklow) - Posts: 1933 - 04/03/2024 14:44:37    2529739

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