Apologies, meant to post this here instead of another thread
there is a very good minor team there this year, probably one of the best in a long while. they are winning with their schools in Moate, Gallen and Edenderry and this confidence will help if brought to the county team. This group were unplayable at underage development, and while there are still a few fellas out there that should be in the squad and arent (I can think of at least six between Tullamore, Clara and St Vincents without naming names), there is a good side there. Offaly need a good run to dismiss the doom and gloom, and with a back door here now at minor level, we have a good chance of progressing.
Interesting that Westmeath were so easily beaten as they should also be one of the pick of the teams in leinster this year at minor. Tommy Carr took them on very controversially there before christmas making headlines, and things appear to be going down hill for him given this result which eally was a pasting. Heard him on ridiculing the KK footballers at the weekend on the radio. Maybe he should get his own house in order before he starts throwing stones as this loss would go down particularly bad in Westmeath given the talent that they perceive themselves to have at minor this year.....
I dont buy the fact there are a lot or too much from west offaly. the best lads should be on the panel and the fact is that ferbane will be one of the biggest providers given that they are the team to beat at minor this year and have been over the past few years at 16 level. Add in Darragh Corbett from shannonbridge and you could have the spine of your team and this has been reflected in ferbanes success at schools level last year winning the all ireland. They should possibly have even more than their present allocation on the panel.
Moate have also acquited themselves well at schools level with a few from the west, surprised that nobody from Ballycumber tubber Doon or pollough have made the panel either as there has go to be one out there good enough between these clubs . The power shift has gone to west offaly for this age group, similar to what rhode og would have had a few years ago. It is a shame that only 4 players have made the panel between tullamore, Clara and St Vincents as this is the centre of offaly football and two of them are traditional powers of Offaly. I know a of a few from these clubs who are good enough but maybe they have been tried and failed, i dont know, but i would certainly see some of them better than a few who are in there. However this will always be the case and i wouldnt argue a whole lot with the selection process as John Ryan would be one known to do things fairly as possible.