Offaly Minor Football and Hurling 2023

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I'd suggest that if Birr was a school of its size with an all boys population, they would be competing well in A schools hurling. I think it is only breaking even for Colaiste Choilm to be getting to a quarter or semi final of A schools football. They have almost a monopoly on the talent in the area from a strong underage development system in Tullamore GAA and strong clubs like St Vincents, No Fianna, Shamrocks and Balinamere Durrow also feeding in. For a school of their size with all catholic boys and GAA tradition/culture, we should be asking why they weren't competing well in A grade football for the last 30 years. They are where they should be and are far from over exceeding.

If likes of Westmeath can get 3 - 5 teams into College A football through Marist College, Moate CC, and Rochfortbridge consistently annually and Mullingar CBS and Athlone CC sporadically, then Offaly should expect to at least have St Mary's Edenderry and Colaiste Choilm there consistently competing. Maybe this is part of the reason our county senior team standards slipped over last 30 years. As young players in other counties got exposed to higher levels of competition through A colleges as the game moved on, a large amount of our young players did not get such exposure.

If we are to have any ambition at all as a county, we should be expecting Col Choilm, St Mary's and Offaly Combined Schools to be very competitive at this grade and on a good year for Ferbane, they could also show ambition and try compete at this level. There are approx 14 -20 school teams that play in A Colleges most years so getting our main boys school in our county town to be competitive at business end regularly should hopefully become the norm rather than the exception. That said, hoping they can get to the final, and best wishes to all involved.
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Cormac Egan Rory Egan and Cathal Donoghue all sitting on the bench for their respective colleges teams tonight.

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pigeon house biffo wrote: Wed Jan 31, 2024 8:32 pm Cormac Egan Rory Egan and Cathal Donoghue all sitting on the bench for their respective colleges teams tonight.
Rory Egan was in goals for UG.

I'd imagine Egan and Donoghue would be playing if fully fit, both back after long-term injury trouble and 3 games a week would be recipe for disaster

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I see offaly minor hurlers are out in Faithfull fields this evening against Laois. Not sure what time

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Offaly won this game

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Congrats to Banagher on winning the Leinster B schools senior hurling after extra time, didn't get to go to it with work but sounds to have been an excellent game.

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Banagher got out of jail. Dominated against the wind before letting in 2 soft goals before half time.
Clawed that deficit back with the wind before another soft goal went in.

Heywood missed a free 30 yards out to win it with the last puck of the game after 68 minutes (although nobody was sure where the ref got all the added time from).

Banagher then dominated extra time.
Heywood player sent off nearly straight away for a headbutt after conceding a free.
Shane Rigney and the fullback got embroiled in a wrestling match soon after. The fullback ended up on the ground, Rigney went to hand him back his hurl as he got up and the fullback hit him a headbutt into the stomach. The ref then showed 2 red cards, extremely harsh on Rigney who will now miss the Al Ireland Semi final.
Heywood had another red soon after, while also seeing their student umpire sent off by the ref for abuse directed towards him.
You’d have to be very embarrassed as a Heywood parent or teacher by the carry-on that took place.

Heywood had 8 starters from Abbeyleix, 2 from Harps, 2 from Ballyragget, 2 from Ballinakill and 1 from Clonad. Abbeyleix and The Harps contested the Laois minor final last year.

Banagher made very hard work of this and now face Blackwater School from Lismore, which seems a tough task without their star player in Shane Rigney.

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Hard luck to tullamore

Kick out went badly wrong in the closing 10, got turned over multiple times and was surprised they didn’t try a couple short to retain possession, Naas would have likely have dropped off once the ball got worked outside the 40m line.

Thought it was odd that so few lads were pushed up the field. Few times the ball got kicked in and the lad who won possession was completely isolated.

Few big men on that tullamore team that’ll hopefully continue to push on through to senior inter county. Great to have a school competing at this level and the games will only benefit all offaly teams going forward.

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Tough one alright, I think Naas more composed around the field. But this is the level that we need our young lads exposed to and looking forward to seeing some of these guys step up. There is huge scope for improvement and fair play for all involved in halping to start unlocking the potential. For countless years it was neglected in the school.

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pigeon house biffo wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:13 pm Sobering reading

https://www.offalyexpress.ie/news/offal ... ounty.html
Its head in the sand stuff from clubs not bothering to set up their own u8 and u10 go games teams. You really do need to get tbe young lads in your club colours first before they head off to play with the independent teams.
If you only had about 10 lads you can manage with that. There's always a few girls mad to join in too with the lads.
Go games is fantastic if you approach it right. Just maximise the chance for kids to play.
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Crazy stuff alot of these clubs would really need to have a long hard look at themselves.

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Cistercian won the Leinster Schools Senior C Hurling today.

Killina also won the D today.

B, C and D all won by Offaly schools.

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Thats great news.

All anyone ever asks is that Offaly teams are competitive at whatever grade or level they are competing at. Most rational minded folk can see we operate with limited resources and so having expectations adjusted accordingly is right.

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