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Senior hurling club champ - winners, dark horses ??

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Clonkill will win with 4 or 5 to spare pollard's younger players need another couple of years to come of age but some of their experienced players may be gone by then. Clonkill seem to be in good form but is always hard to tell until the knockouts

In the other is going to be tight physical battle and wouldn't be surprised if there was a shock as the Gaels always seem to have the measure of raharney no matter how things are going and they're going fairly well at the minute. Could go either way and shocks are always on the cards as pollard showed against Castletown at this stage last year.

Dote (Westmeath) - Posts: 214 - 30/09/2015 13:42:13    1794225

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Anyone know any injury reports or team news from either of the four camps to help a betting man to decide?

westmeath2015 (Westmeath) - Posts: 153 - 01/10/2015 20:23:15    1794930

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Castlepollard probably missing captain Paul Murphy, his brother getting married on Sat, unfortunate clash, otherwise teams at full strength, interesting to see whether Conor Jordan regains his place for Raharney, he has been left out of their last two starting line ups, injured initially but was available for Plunketts match, he's definitely worth his place, always produces on the big day, think the Gaels too dependant on Derek Mc Nicholas to oust Raharney, Clonkill clear favourites against Pollard but Jody Murray has his men in super condition, they have arguably the player of the championship in Alan Devine but think Clonkill won't be beaten for the third year in a row in the semi final.

kawaifive0 (Westmeath) - Posts: 112 - 01/10/2015 21:29:58    1794957

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LLG any word from our camp? Heard a few people saying dan reillys out, any truth?

westmeath2015 (Westmeath) - Posts: 153 - 02/10/2015 13:06:41    1795150

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Did ye not see the team news in the topics big preview of the games?... oh no wait they didn't even acknowledge they were on unlike last weeks big preview of the football semi finals

Dote (Westmeath) - Posts: 214 - 02/10/2015 13:59:17    1795184

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Would the senior football semi finals be relegated to be played on the Saturday of the weekend of the Intermediate and Junior hurling finals?

I'm going for LLG and Clonkill final

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1791 - 02/10/2015 18:43:20    1795281

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The Old Firm of Clonkill and Raharney back in the County Final. This is the showpiece match for Westmeath hurling for the year between two of the better teams. It shouldn't be played in late October when we are almost guaranteed a wet and windy day and a muddy pitch. The county hurling championship could have been played mostly in August and completed easily by, say, mid September, when there's still a possibility of decent weather and decent pitch conditions. Hurling is a summer game and loses a huge amount as a spectacle when played in wet and muddy conditions.

RevDMaguire (Westmeath) - Posts: 6 - 04/10/2015 10:15:20    1795572

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Finishing it earlier won't change the dates for the Leinster championship though. Would be a huge disadvantage to be waiting around for 6-8 weeks. And the winner of the final will rightly be taking Leinster very seriously.

Andy_Capp (Westmeath) - Posts: 271 - 04/10/2015 12:43:15    1795606

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I dont think it would be possible to play it off in august as the majority of hurlers play football too.
Conditions yesterday were perfect and Cusack park is in great condition.

soreknee (Westmeath) - Posts: 135 - 04/10/2015 18:18:14    1795685

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Interesting hurling final on the cards, undoubtedly the two best teams in the county in the final, very evenly matched over the past 7/8 years, Raharney have a poor record in terms of retaining titles, both sides won their semi finals with a degree of discomfort, neither looked likely to be beaten but they both can play a lot better, Clonkill will surely start both Andrew and Niall Mitchell in the final and will be concerned that their goalie looked decidedly shaky throughout the second half, Pollard could easily have drawn level with 15 to go, Clonkill also shot at least 10 wides, most of them from easy positions, Raharney being led by Paul Greville, he has been outstanding in recent matches, twin Doyles showing improvement gradually, very hard to call, Clonkill look to have greater strength in depth, Thomas Egan saw no action on Sat and they had Alan Dowdall and Niall Mitchell as subs, Raharney's main option as sub is Brian Connaughton, a useful sub ceratinly, Wonder has any player ever achieved the Senior cgampionship double before in the same year, players from clubs have done it in different years, Brendan Murtagh, Sean Loughlin from the Downs and Clonkill, Kieran Kirby from Castletown and Malachys, not sure has it been done in same year, would be some achievement by Paddy Dowdall, he's a crucial player for both Lomans and Clonkill.

kawaifive0 (Westmeath) - Posts: 112 - 04/10/2015 19:53:31    1795714

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the minor hurling final is fixed for the same day as the senior final. there's a possibility that clonkill and raharney could be in both and with players involved in both panels thats crazy stuff. do the county board expect a lad to play in both finals in succession,talk about player welfare its a joke

Brendanj (Westmeath) - Posts: 65 - 08/10/2015 11:58:17    1797042

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Last year it was a disgrace that the minor final wasnt on before the senior.This year its a disgrace it is on before the senior
Damned if you do and damned if you dont.I dont think there is a perfect solution especially as the minor hurling championship is running late.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 857 - 08/10/2015 18:43:19    1797234

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Last year's disgrace was that there wasn't a hurling final on before the senior. The ideal game is the u16 hurling final. This should be an annual fixture. Its hardly fair to ask the downs clonkill dual players to play final this Sunday semi during the week and 2 finals the Sunday. Only in Westmeath.

Dote (Westmeath) - Posts: 214 - 08/10/2015 18:56:38    1797238

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They could have played the minor B or U16 B finals
Except those finals will probably be played around Christmas with the way the clubs are being treated by the county board

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1791 - 08/10/2015 20:50:34    1797273

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Plunketts for Intermediate in 2016
Amazing to think they fielded a second team at Intermediate level a few years ago

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1791 - 10/10/2015 19:02:37    1797726

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Looking forward to the minor and senior finals next Sunday, there was a great atmosphere in the park with the minor and senior football last sunday I know people have been giving out about the admission prices all year but definitely good value with having minor premier final on before senior , games as a contest were not great but then finals don't always come alive as expected, the county board got it right on this one following in the tradition of years past when minor and senior were always on the same day, and as is tradition in most counties, mcnicholos was the best player of this year's championship and I think Bren murtagh comes a close second definitely the two best stickmen in Westmeath a joy to watch so really looking forward to see murtagh in action again, hopefully a dry day too.

uisneach (Westmeath) - Posts: 156 - 13/10/2015 20:11:55    1798549

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It's a pity that what promises to be a fantastic County final has been overshadowed by the county boards mad decision of playing the minor before it.This could be a classic with Clonkill determined to win back what they see as theirs and Raharney desperate to win back to back titles for the first time.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 857 - 17/10/2015 10:26:59    1799601

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What do people think of yesterday's county final. I thought it was an utterly absorbing contest, both sides played with fantastic commitment and sportsmanship, there were virtually no bad strokes or instances of foul play, think Clonkill deserved to win, had the pacier side and more of their players played well, they could have been 4/5 points clear at half time and yet Raharney fans will wonder about two excellent goal scoring chances that produced only one point, Clonkill's strength in depth was a factor too, Paul Greville was immense for Raharney, he gave an outstanding display, Paddy Dowdall's achievement in winning both senior titles in successive weeks was an incredible feat, he was a key player in both wins, fair play to him, his younger brother made a huge contribution, 1-4 from play, match programme was disappointing in that two teams were on reverse of same page, pretty basic error by someone.

kawaifive0 (Westmeath) - Posts: 112 - 19/10/2015 19:17:35    1800343

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