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by Bord na Mona man
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 1996 Leinster Hurling Final
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: 1996 Leinster Hurling Final

There were several classic games in that era. The hurling was a lot more off the cuff and improvised. There was a real intensity to it. So much of the outcome hinged on the individual tussles. It was like a war comprised of 14 different battles. You were on the edge of your seat watching it unfold. ...
by Bord na Mona man
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Grand Canal Walk 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 818

Re: Grand Canal Walk 2021

This fundraising drive has been a great success. When you're challenging for All Irelands, people will open their wallets, but when success is not an immediate prospect and in the middle of a pandemic it's a far harder task. It shows that there is plenty of goodwill towards hurling and football in t...
by Bord na Mona man
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Good point. And when you watch the available video of the 1972 replay, when they were absolutely rampant, you think the same. Complacency cost them against Galway in 1973's All-Ireland semi-final, and probably cost them against Dublin in 1974 too. By then, Paddy McCormack's eye injury forced his re...
by Bord na Mona man
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Fantastic work. Breakthroughs are hard to accomplish in the GAA, especially when it's a county like Offaly, disadvantaged by factors like population and supporting both codes. While Offaly were getting close from the 60s onwards, until you close the deal on an All Ireland title the pressure is mount...
by Bord na Mona man
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Johnny Pilkington
Replies: 15
Views: 2199

Re: Johnny Pilkington

https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/categories ... ode=078394

Make sure to toggle the subtitles on the bottom right corner of the video, unless you don't need to.
by Bord na Mona man
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Johnny Pilkington
Replies: 15
Views: 2199

Re: Johnny Pilkington

Ya I found that interesting that he never mentioned his brother considering how much they won on the field together. Maybe one has to read between the lines here. Perhaps the documentary got edited a certain way and certain strands of the story were left out of the final cut. For example there is a...
by Bord na Mona man
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Johnny Pilkington
Replies: 15
Views: 2199

Re: Johnny Pilkington

The show was excellent for a couple of reasons. Offaly nostalgia obviously, but also the hour long show allowed a bit of exploration of Johnny's character. He clearly doesn't take himself too seriously, but took his hurling more seriously than the caricature suggests. For example, he wasn't a fan of...
by Bord na Mona man
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 164379

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

Yes, Offaly were unlucky with the concession of the goals, though Dublin were slightly better overall. But the main thing is that we're competitive at this level. In past years Offaly teams shipped some serious routs at U21, often with several senior panellists on the team which made it worse. It's ...
by Bord na Mona man
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: The offaly way.
Replies: 20
Views: 4773

Re: The offaly way.

One thing is for sure, there'll be no shortage of suggestions when they go around the county canvassing opinions. If Offaly were a brand, we'd be Nokia. We were going great guns years ago until the advent of the Smartphone. Some lads will suggest that we must now try to match or get ahead of the mor...
by Bord na Mona man
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 164379

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

To think that the population of Offaly has grown by about 20,000 in the last two decades, yet you have people lamenting how doomed we are because of the falling population of certain parishes they see as key. This strikes me as further examples of the inability to adjust to new challenges that has s...
by Bord na Mona man
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 164379

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

Question as should Offaly go with big men in the foward line again that can catch ball, Adrian Hynes came on scored 2 points won a free and hit the crossbar for what would have been a great goal and every puck out went down on top of him, just a theory but to get us out of the hole we’re in now use...
by Bord na Mona man
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 164379

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

First things first, Offaly were somewhat unlucky in having a valid goal from a penalty not allowed. Would Offaly have won if it was counted? It's hard to know, unfortunately I doubt Offaly would have pulled away. For years now in games where Offaly play a 'lesser' team the game seems to follow a dis...
by Bord na Mona man
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 164379

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

The best formline we have is that Down beat Derry by a goal and Offaly ran out more comfortable winners against the same opposition. Remember though, with 15 minutes left Offaly were 7 points ahead of Derry, so it wasn't a trouncing at that stage. They pulled away in the end right enough, which is e...
by Bord na Mona man
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 1984 Centenary All Ireland on Gold last night
Replies: 10
Views: 2039

Re: 1984 Centenary All Ireland on Gold last night

Something I've heard a lot is that the Offaly players felt unsettled by the prolonged ceremonies and speeches they were subjected to before throw-in. Because it was Centenary year there was a big dose of this accompanying the occasion. I've experienced myself, you leave the dressing room pumped and ...