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Under 21 Hurling

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The high standard on display in County hurling finals was continued in the u-21 final on Saturday, pity that there was only a small crowd in attendance. Castletown won by 2-22 to 1-18 after extra time, Raharney led for virtually the entire way of normal time, hard on the Doyles and James Goonery to lose three finals in the same year, it was a brilliant game, played in great conditions and very sporting, don't think there was any player cautioned in the 80 mins, Liam Varley was man of the match with Michael Heeney not far behind, Niall O Brien came in to it as the match progressed, Ciaran Doyle at midfield was excellent as was Robbie Greville at Centre back, the Castletown subs made a big impression, James Murphy and another sub at wing forward and Paddy Doody helped sway matters their way, both keepers were excellent, Sean Maher's puckouts were huge, great end to the season for Castletown, winning u-16 and u-21.

kawaifive0 (Westmeath) - Posts: 112 - 07/11/2015 20:29:46    1805233

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Have to agree with kawaeifiveo excellent game of hurling castletowns greater hunger and never say die attitude along with excellent point taking in the closing half and extra time was the basis for there win raharney looked the better team all through up to 15 minutes to go castletown took over gary greville at center back was super for raharney likewise varley at 6 for castletown who was m of the m. sean mahers puckouts were massive as was his catches under high balls dylan raleigh was a threat all day to castletown as was jimmy goonery, kieran glennon looked at home wing back when we are so use to seeing him at corner forward o brien was a leader and the subs castletown brought on made a big difference hard on raharney losing 3 major finals .

rogerdodger (Westmeath) - Posts: 228 - 08/11/2015 11:45:03    1805285

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Were both Doyle's playing lads? Would've loved to go to it but had brother playing in the Masters final in Drumlish.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 431 - 08/11/2015 12:22:47    1805291

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Doyles were playing 8 and 14 ciaran was the better on the day at 8 but clavin and heeney were very strong in the middle i said it before and got slated here but the doyles dont look fit they look heavy sett and i dont mean this in a bad way but as the game wore on they went more and more out of it hurling is based as much on fitness as it is on skill these days and its getting faster the whole time the grevilles are a prime example they are fast, quick on the ball and very athletic word is they are being hunted by the senior footballers ? Another thing pointed out to me today by a hurling friend from another club was the amount of hurls castletown broke i must say i did not notice it but according to him the players were calling for hurls all day ? The intensity from castletown was definetly there. Is it true that jody murry is now taking the minor county job ? pat o brien the u-21 ? Plenty of talk yesterday in cusak and hearing today the same.

rogerdodger (Westmeath) - Posts: 228 - 08/11/2015 16:33:05    1805337

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Didn't notice the Ctg lads breaking an inordinate no of hurls, if anything Raharney were the hungrier and arguably the better side for 50 mins, they were very fired up under Johnny Greville and Nicky Weir, certainly gave everything, thought personally that Niall O brien had a reasonably quiet game by his standards, turns out he scored 1-15, 1-12 from frees and penalty, he was unerring in second half and extra time, think you're being hard on the Doyles, they are still minors, their natural weight is geared towards strength, their dna is hardly their fault

kawaifive0 (Westmeath) - Posts: 112 - 08/11/2015 18:20:00    1805377

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Ciaran Doyle was excellent in u-21 final, his run and pass for the goal was top drawer, he also notched some super points, three years is a considerable length of time to concede at their stage, Cillian has had better games, he's entitled to given the number of matches he has played at an extremely high level for his club, it's close to mid November and there may have been an element of fatigue in his display, they have featured in minor, 21 and senior campaigns in recent months and are always marked men, Raharney's behaviour at final whistle was again exemplary, they had just lost their third final in less than three weeks, all narrowly and yet they were extremely sporting, both players and management afterwards, it's easy to win with good grace, they deserve credit for losing and being magnanimous, pity that more supporters or indeed neutrals did not attend 21 final, it was definitely one of the matches of the year, great quality from both sides, high scoring and very competitive.

kawaifive0 (Westmeath) - Posts: 112 - 08/11/2015 19:45:31    1805414

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Its a pity there wasn't an U21 B hurling competition run. Or combined teams allowed specifically for the U21 competition
Seems there's loads of games for the top few clubs, very little for the rest.

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1791 - 09/11/2015 12:29:54    1805558

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Eire Og were in the u-21 semi v Raharney but couldn't field on the night, thats plunketts,Brigid's & the wood that couldn't pull 15 lads together. Hard to know what to do with the u-21 competition, does it serve any purpose,too many games for young lads,they'll be playing junior, inter or senior anyway. The time of yr doesn't help either,but fair play to Ctg considering they haven't played a senior match since early September, they beat 2 teams that would've trained more in the last two months than them.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 431 - 09/11/2015 13:39:48    1805601

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It's not saying much for two intermediate clubs and one senior club that they couldn't field an U21 team.

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1791 - 10/11/2015 15:50:14    1806033

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Frankly its appalling that a combination of 3 teams couldnt pull together 15 players.

dakid (Australia) - Posts: 259 - 10/11/2015 20:31:08    1806172

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Not sure if the clubs or County Board are to blame for Eire Og not fielding. Plunketts/Cullion/Bridgits stopped hurling a good few weeks ago so it would be hard for them to get players together. I doubt the players would have much interest given the conditions. This competition along with u21 should be played early in the year if at all possible. Could see this grade scrapped in the future which would be a dissapointment considering how good the final was. Best game of the year across all grades in my opinion. Also to the post saying Niall O Brien was quiet. He may have only scored 3 from play but was fouled for a lot of the frees.

soreknee (Westmeath) - Posts: 135 - 10/11/2015 20:41:51    1806177

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Cullion are not part of that amalgamation. And in fairness to them they are still hurling in the junior b.

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1791 - 11/11/2015 13:48:57    1806415

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