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Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:42 am
by SearingDrive
Tar Man wrote:
When was the last time neither Rhode, Tullamore, Clara, or Edenderry didn't appear in the final?


Probably Ferbane against Gracefield from around about 1990. I remember I was about 15 minutes late into the game and it was already over as Ferbane led by something like 3-7 to 0-0. That was a cracking Ferbane team. I think that final had the largest ever winning margin.

A repeat would be good but I can't see anything other that another Rhode county title.

Thanks for that. I would like to see some one other than Rhode win the Dowling Cup in 2016.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:29 pm
by Doon Exile
SearingDrive wrote:
Tar Man wrote:
When was the last time neither Rhode, Tullamore, Clara, or Edenderry didn't appear in the final?


Probably Ferbane against Gracefield from around about 1990. I remember I was about 15 minutes late into the game and it was already over as Ferbane led by something like 3-7 to 0-0. That was a cracking Ferbane team. I think that final had the largest ever winning margin.

A repeat would be good but I can't see anything other that another Rhode county title.

Thanks for that. I would like to see some one other than Rhode win the Dowling Cup in 2016.



1994 Ferbane v Shannonbridge

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:11 pm
by Hankscorpio
Shannonbridge appeared in the 1996 final. Shamrocks appeared in the 2000, 2005 & 2007 final. Gracefield 2002 & 2004.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:23 am
by summerindublin
[quote="SearingDrive]
Thanks for that. I would like to see some one other than Rhode win the Dowling Cup in 2016.[/quote]

Why is that, they are the only team that has done Offaly proud in the Leinster Club Champioship.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:52 am
by SearingDrive
summerindublin wrote:[quote="SearingDrive]
Thanks for that. I would like to see some one other than Rhode win the Dowling Cup in 2016.[/quote]


Why is that, they are the only team that has done Offaly proud in the Leinster Club Champioship.[/
I would just like to see a new team win this year. A change is always good, nothing against Rhode, they are great people out there. Despite their best efforts they have not won Leinster.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:49 pm
by townman
summerindublin wrote:[quote="SearingDrive]
Thanks for that. I would like to see some one other than Rhode win the Dowling Cup in 2016.[/quote]

Why is that, they are the only team that has done Offaly proud in the Leinster Club Champioship.[/quote]


they didn't win it yet either. Gracefield, Walsh Island, and Ferbane are still the only winners from offaly.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:01 pm
by mickey
Senior will b rhode and ferbane.durrow vs raheen senior b.bracknagh vs daingean first 3 levels in County I think.How's junior a b and c going anyone know?iv seen senior a/b and intermediate iv not seen much about the other grades though.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:14 am
by biffinbanner
when are the semi finals on i wonder?

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:32 pm
by SearingDrive
biffinbanner wrote:when are the semi finals on i wonder?

I think the weekend of 24th/25th September. That is 4 weeks after the group stages were completed, a long period between games.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:39 pm
by NewEra
Shannonbridge and Bracknagh will contest the Intermediate final after big wins at the weekend. I only got to see Shannonbridge beat Daingean by 11 points. It amazes me how Daingean can not utilise Shane Tierney similar to St Vincent's U21s where he is the main scorer in chief. Shane spent more time out the field than where he is most dangerous. Similar with the frees he should be kicking them. Daingean came out in 2nd half and scored 5 in a row to claw the deficit to the minimum but Shannonbridge weathered the storm, score a goal and ran out easy winners.

Should be a good final and very 50/50. Alternative jerseys will be required!

This weekend sees the Senior B semi finals. I expect an easy victory for Raheen over Cappincur who have done very well to make it this far. The other semi final is a hard one to call. Tubber and Durrow will both fancy themselves. I feel with Panda and Brian Kelly, Tubber will edge it.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:34 pm
by Sharp Eye
A disappointing year for Raheen who were strongly fancied by many to make a major impact in Senior A over the next 3/4 years. It has also been a disappointing year for Dangean. The new structure of the Offaly Senior championship with just 8 teams playing senior football has not resulted in new teams breaking through or in an improvement in the standard of Club Football. Consideration should be given to increasing the senior championship to 12 teams in order to give more clubs & players the chance of playing senior football.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:41 am
by Lone Shark
Sharp Eye wrote:A disappointing year for Raheen who were strongly fancied by many to make a major impact in Senior A over the next 3/4 years. It has also been a disappointing year for Dangean. The new structure of the Offaly Senior championship with just 8 teams playing senior football has not resulted in new teams breaking through or in an improvement in the standard of Club Football. Consideration should be given to increasing the senior championship to 12 teams in order to give more clubs & players the chance of playing senior football.


When we had twelve teams at senior, we had utterly lifeless championships where the gulf between the top and bottom was utterly huge. Even now, within the current eight team systems, there are big gaps - as evidenced by how far adrift Ballycumber were at senior A (in the best group they could have hoped for) and how similarly way off the pace Doon and Walsh Island were in senior B.

Putting the title "senior" on it doesn't make it senior. If you have twelve senior clubs next year and you have a group of, for example, Rhode, Ballycumber, Durrow and Tubber. Rhode will hammer the three of them in non-entity games, and the other three matches would probably be close enough - but they'd be effectively no different to the Senior B games now.

Measuring the standard of the championships is impossible, and it's utterly incorrect to say that no new teams are breaking through. Shannonbridge have a lot of very young players in key positions, I'd imagine that they probably have two or three lads over thirty and the rest with an average age of 22 or so, and they're in an IFC final. Cappincur, with a very young team too, are one game away from claiming a place in the top eight football clubs in the county. That's a big deal - and I'd say they'd disagree vehemently with your assessment that there are no teams breaking through. And reading your post, it seems as if you'd feel differently if those two sides had lost their semi-finals, and if Daingean and Raheen were now preparing for finals. Which strikes me as odd.

There is no system that will make football better, but we can try and make the games competitive, and meaningful, to generate interest. I would argue that this has happened this year. A few too many games in O'Connor Park, no different to the hurling, but otherwise the championships have been pretty good.

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:43 am
by SearingDrive
Who won between Durrow and Tubber yesterday?

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:18 pm
by Buttons
Tubber by 4

Re: Advancement from Group Stages Football

PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:38 am
by NewEra
The 2016 Senior B final will be contested by Cappincur and Tubber. Same day as the AI replay. Anybody know what time the two matches are at and if they are clashing?

I would be a big fan of the current structures. Every grade is very competitive compared to a few years ago. Still a gulf in senior with the top 4 teams but still competitive. At the start of the year it was impossible to pick winners from senior B and intermediate with everyone having realistic chances and hence players putting their shoulder to the wheel, which can only be good for the county.

Looking forward to 2017 has anybody seen any players who could be a good addition to the county set up?