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by Bord na Mona man
Sun May 16, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 9479

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

I didn't expect that margin, but it's a great sign. Nice to see Offaly pushing on and winning handsomely when we're that bit better than the opposition. I'm delighted the players resisted the temptation to drop a couple of gears and make a game of it, as has been the habit in the past in similar sit...
by Bord na Mona man
Wed May 12, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 9479

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

It's only 3 years since Offaly got to the league quarter final and gave Kilkenny plenty of it. Last year Offaly bettered Antrim but were hit with a couple of of late goals to lose. Antrim didn't need the same luck to beat Klare last Sunday. While we have to be realistic about the gap between the eli...
by Bord na Mona man
Sun May 09, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 9479

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

33% of that team were hurling in a glorified intermediate club championship in 2020. 53% of that team didn’t win a senior club championship game in 2020. Makes you think that the best hurlers in the county are not on that panel due to their own choice or through management selections. Damning enoug...
by Bord na Mona man
Sun May 09, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 119
Views: 9479

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

What is pleasing is that Offaly took control in the 2nd quarter after the water break. This is precisely the point of the game where Offaly usually start to unravel against underdogs and create the beginnings of a shock. It's a good sign that after a poor opening the unit used the break to straighte...
by Bord na Mona man
Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Shane Lowry
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Shane Lowry

Undoubtedly this is great news. Whatever the financial element may look like, I think it will create a bit of buzz in the county. And it's important to note that Lowry has been giving assistance to club and county long before this. In case people form an impression that he only decided to get involv...
by Bord na Mona man
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly vs Louth 2021 Leinster Football Championship
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

Offaly vs Louth 2021 Leinster Football Championship

This game will get lots of attention due to the Mickey Harte factor. He might have edged out Simon Casey back in 2003, but let's hope he doesn't repeat the dose this time. Both teams will see this game as winnable. Louth have dropped to Division 4 but will expect to get a bounce from the new regime ...
by Bord na Mona man
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 1996 Leinster Hurling Final
Replies: 6
Views: 951

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: 1163

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: 15
Views: 2190

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: 15
Views: 2190

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: 2962

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: 2962

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: 2962

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: 176252

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: 5638

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...