Club Championships 2017


#3286

I strongly fancy cuala. I don’t think na pairsaigh can hold treacy,Cronin,schutte and o Callaghan.


#3287

They don’t have to do that. They just have to have one player who is willing to incapacitate him with a filthy pull inside the first two minutes.


#3288

Can Cuala hold Downes, Dowling, Casey, Breen?


#3289

A lot of “holding” needed on one of those lads :sunglasses:.


#3290

I think it’ll be a cracker. You could definitely make a very strong case that these are the two best clubs in the country, the last two All-Ireland winners.

Club hurling finals are almost universally disappointing, when was the last time there was a good one?


#3291

We could afford to lose two players off the pitch altogether and win so I don’t see why not.


#3292

You got it there, Foley or Kennedy to come in as a straight swap most likely I think. Lynch could move back half back too. We haven’t had a full panel to choose from yet this year. Boylan could well have kept his place even with Dowling back, he’s had a great year.

Grimes is a huge loss. I think Na P are the better team overall but the cuala forwards have the potential to do massive damage if we don’t get to grips with them immediately and Grimes is a loss in defence.

Na P have a maddening habit of leaving it late in the game to start hurling, if we don’t bother to turn up for the first half like in the slaughtneil or ballygunner games it’ll be over.

But I think the scare will improve us and we’ll be switched on from the start. We will win.


#3293

Against a crowd of Ulster footballers


#3294

Dublin, Ulster, same thing.


#3295

I’m pretty sure they were playing hurling, mate.


#3296

Na Piarsaig are a dirty cynical team (according to this article)


#3297

To be fair they can be cynical . Most good teams have that . They are not dirty though .


#3298

You’d imagine another month would bring on Casey, Dempsey and Dowling anyways who had all been injured. Grimes will be a loss, Boylan less so in that Dowling started on the bench the last day anyways. @glasagusban alludes to NaP’s struggle to get motoring sometimes in these games - if they do that against Cuala they won’t be able to rely on superior fitness to catch up as they usually do.


#3299

For some reason David Dempey was brought back to fill that gap. Couldn’t see him starting there though in fairness.


#3300

The last paragraph sums up the accuracy of that piece.


#3301

Toomevara v sarsfields last good club final in my opinion. 1992 I think.


#3302

Ballyhale v Portumna in 2010 was daycent.


#3303

2001 was a good final, Athenry/Graigue Ballycallan


#3304

St Brigids vs Ballymun was a great game. Around 2012 or 2013 I’d say


#3305

Portumna and Newtown in 2006 was fascinating tactically but an average game.