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jimbob17
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Offaly football is at low ebb there's no doubt.

Rhode beating Shamrocks tonight at HT in league game by 1-10 to 0-00 says so much about football in the county. Reports say Rhode are in decline and then this? Could not believe my eyes. That is embarrassing for Shamrocks. Shamrocks would be seen generally as a top 6 or 7 team and rightly so given their size and population and wouldnt like to be seen as a laughing stock!.

Shamrocks are one of biggest clubs in the county population and area wise. What the hell is going on there? They are a proud club - once contenders and should be genuinely challenging at senior level! Who is managing them? What is chairman at? How can they stand over that?

The club championship structure this year doesn't help but if we have huge clubs like Shamrocks falling so far off and so uncompetitive with population resources, we really need to send knowledgeable football people into those places to advise and help sort their decline.
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Behindthegoal
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Standard of club football in Offaly has been awful for a long time. Tullamore Ferbane and Rhode should play a tri nations tournament everyone else hasn’t a hope of winning it

pigeon house biffo
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Post by pigeon house biffo »

How are edenderry so far off the pace with the size of pick they have, only really focused on one code too

ruletheroost
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pigeon house biffo wrote: Fri May 31, 2024 3:55 pm How are edenderry so far off the pace with the size of pick they have, only really focused on one code too
I would'nt say they are so far off the pace, they almost beat Tullamore last year in the semi final. Probably should have beaten them?

frankthetank
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Post by frankthetank »

The town of Edenderry is not what you would describe as a hotbed of GAA a la Rhode or Coolderry. They have a large population but a substantial amount of that is made up of foreign nationals who have zero interest in GAA and as soon as their kids turn 14 or 15 they too drift away from it.

With 2 soccer clubs in the town I would argue that soccer is more popular than Gaelic Football and that is what the people who have moved to the town have naturally gravitated towards.

jimbob17
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Big nos in Edenderry but as you say, hard to get connection sometimes with some families. But that is often easier challenge than dealing with low or no numbers. Tullamore have got their stuff together at underage and results are there to see. If Edenderry were to really go after underage dev (and not saying they aren't), they'd be a superpower in few years. They have good talent in young adult bracket but prob missing a few leaders in 28-33 age bracket that are often crucial in winning a senior championship.
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TownieInOz
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ruletheroost wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 12:13 pm
pigeon house biffo wrote: Fri May 31, 2024 3:55 pm How are edenderry so far off the pace with the size of pick they have, only really focused on one code too
I would'nt say they are so far off the pace, they almost beat Tullamore last year in the semi final. Probably should have beaten them?
Yeah I have to agree, there definitely isn't as big of a gap between Edenderry and the top as some believe.

Behindthegoal
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They are capable of a performance on any given day but putting them back to back and beating two of the big three is extremely unlikely. They haven’t been in a final since 2015? All of their current players have won next to nothing at underage level too. Anyone backing them to win the championship needs their head examined

TownieInOz
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Oh I wouldn’t fancy them over rhode, ferbane or tullamore and definitely wouldn’t be backing them to win the championship I just don’t think there is that big of a gap between them.

del
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Post by del »

Consistency is probably Edenderry’s biggest problem . Their back line is ageing but have a few exciting players in the forwards and can cause teams trouble . Rodge Hanlon is a big loss he has transferred out of the club
They are probably short 2/3 players but are still ahead of most of the senior teams bar Rhode Tullamore and Ferbane and could make a county final I don’t think their younger players coming through would be near the standard of the players coming thru in Tullamore as was evidenced in the U 20 final a couple of yrs ago Edenderry are doing a lot things right and are a well ran club from the outside looking in anyway

joey1001
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Post by joey1001 »

Kevin Corrigan had wrote an article every year since 2001 about how rhode are in decline!

heman
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joey1001 wrote: Sat Jun 08, 2024 8:50 pm Kevin Corrigan had wrote an article every year since 2001 about how rhode are in decline!
Kevin would know 🙄

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