Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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G91
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Re: Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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pigeon house biffo wrote: Sun May 12, 2024 12:12 am Appreciate the optimisim

But would we not want to be showing signs of closing the gap to wexford at this age group. A ten point loss to a county we should be setting our targets on at senior level doesn’t really bode well does it, just my thoughts
The way the game went and what the scoreboard showed are two different stories
Offaly didn't hurl very well but left behind an awful lot of ball in crucial areas

They had 2 goal chances they didn't take and throughout the hole game wexford had an extra man think Offaly had played a sweeper

Wexford were just sharper on the ball that made the difference

An example the ball landed around the middle with only one Offaly player and no wexford man near him , couldn't rise the ball first time fumbled it I think wexford won it went on and scored a pint

That happened so many times an offaly ball dropped, missed , fumbled ..

Wexford catching controlling and making runs first time
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Re: Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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Let's actually highlight player welfare here

Young dooley in the midfield came off hopping

Took of his boot his ankle was already strapped instead of making the sensible decision and leave him off they strapped the ankle more and sent him back in he eventually had to come back off

So he obviously wasn't 100% match fit considering he had injured his ankle but surely the second time was enough to call it

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Re: Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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We have had one very good minor side in 20 years but we feel we should be competing with the top tier teams at this age group every year?

We are unfortunately at the Laois westmeath etc level most years and will continue to do so until things improve in schools clubs etc.

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Re: Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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Hit the nail on the head there Greenairfield - can’t be patting ourselves on the back too much. Have to keep driving on in the early stages

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Re: Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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In all honesty you wouldn't say they were miles of wexford yesterday , were wexford at full tilt I don't thinkso they had a 6 point cushion for a long time and were punishing offaly for being sloppy

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Re: Offaly Minor Hurling 2024

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The reality is, whether people like it or not, is than we will be weaker than Galway/Kilkenny/Dublin/Wexford in a given year.

By dint of demographics/playing numbers, this is just fact. Let's take a look then at the next level (Laois, Westmeath, Antrim, Carlow, Kerry and Kildare in recent times at underage level). This group bested Laois, Westmeath and Antrim.

Would they have wanted to be a little bit closer vs Wexford? Sure. But I don't think there was any shame in that performance.

The class of 2005 being so exceptional has perhaps warped our short term expectations at the underage grades. They were excellent minors in 2022 and are on track to give 3 strong years at U20 through 2025. Should we aim to reach provincial finals and bring through strong groups? Of course, but we are not going to have that every year.

As a baseline, having groups each year that are able to beat the second level of opponents and put it up to the likes of Dublin/Wexford should provide us with the trickle of lads that are able to make the step up to the senior grade. This is what is needed, nice and all as it is to have a golden generation that wins multiple Leinsters (Who I am pretty hopeful will backbone our senior team for the next decade).

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