Leinster SFC Offaly v Westmeath

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Leinster SFC Offaly v Westmeath

Post by Kevin » Fri May 05, 2017 5:40 pm

The game is some time off, but the ball has already been thrown in for the time honored managers pre game festivities:

http://www.hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=269835

Westmeath ready for Offaly challenge
05 May 2017

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin.
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Ensuring that his players are motivated for the Leinster SFC opener against Offaly next month will be an easy task for Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin.

The sides are very familiar with each other having met in the championship frequently in recent years, including last year’s clash at Cusack Park which the Lake County won.

Cribbin is bidding to guide the side to their third consecutive provincial final, but they face a tough opener against their neighbours.

If they manage to beat Offaly, they then could potentially play Dublin in the Leinster semi-final and Cribbin told the Westmeath Topic that they are keen to take on the reigning All-Ireland champions once again.

“We’d love the opportunity to play Dublin this year. We feel it’s a building process in the mentality to be able to play them,” said Cribbin.

However, he acknowledged the fact that they first have the small matter of getting over their neighbours and fierce rivals in O’Connor Park.

“Offaly in Tullamore is going to be tough. It’s a derby game. When we have met them in recent times there has only been a point or two in it.

“Home advantage would give you that and we won’t underestimate Offaly. We will be very focused. There is no love lost between both sets of players and for some reason Pat (Flanagan) and our lads seem to have a thing for each other. We won’t have to motivate them for that game.”

Tom really went went after Flanagan here unless the quote is out of context completely or that the 'thing' he is referring to is mutual respect and best wishes for each other - BAHAHAHA!!!!

Credit due to Cribbin for this thoughtful start to the fun!

Sugar Ray Leonard would be proud!!
Kevin Clancey. Signed out of respect for players and all involved with Offaly.

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Re: Leinster SFC Offaly v Westmeath

Post by ryot » Sun May 07, 2017 1:58 pm

We will have to prepare for Sugar Ray Sharry!!!!!

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Re: Leinster SFC Offaly v Westmeath

Post by Feverferbar » Wed May 10, 2017 11:15 pm

Any idea how our challenge went with Longford tonight. Anybody new featuring? Anybody showing good form?

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Re: Leinster SFC Offaly v Westmeath

Post by SearingDrive » Thu May 11, 2017 2:50 pm

Can someone explain the logic in calling off last weekend's scheduled SFC games, and play football league matches involving senior team panellists?. The Westmeath game is 5 weeks from last weekend, after 7 league games surely team management have an idea about the team.

The players would rather play championship games than a serirs of training sessions. People I met are baffled by the decision.

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