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PostSubject: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:24 am

Who's your club rivals? Is it a good or heated rivalry and what are the best rivalries in the county?
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:39 am

In the far off black and white days when I lived in Kildare and ran around a pitch for Suncroft at underage, it was always Kilcullen. Tough hoors back then those lads. Seemed to play them in a few finals at various age groups. Luckily we generally won !
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:28 am

Traditionally Leixlip had a great rivalry with Celbridge for the majority of the first 100 years of the GAA. When Confey was formed out of our club, they took over as our rivals! Maynooth were also rivals of ours going back the years!
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am

For Athy it would have been Larries as I grew up but the real rivalries were around the town. Pick any two of Rheban/Grange/Castlemitchell and let them at it!
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:37 am

Kilcock v Johnstownbridge. No love lost there down the years
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:36 am

Rathangan and ellisttown.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:00 pm

Sarsfields Moorefield an obvious one - It was a fairly bitter rivalry going back through the years. The bitterness has softened (marginally!) in recent times.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:18 pm

Highball wrote:
Sarsfields Moorefield an obvious one  - It was a fairly bitter rivalry going back through the years. The bitterness has softened (marginally!) in recent times.

I think you are spot on there Highball - There is still a strong rivalry but in my experience the bitterness has softened significantly over the last 20 years or so, particularly on the players part.

Up to the 1980's lads played on the same Newbridge teams and your club was decided by your family history or by where you lived. Over the last 30 years or so players started buying homes in the same estates at both ends of the town so that has produced a more friendly rivalry.

The increase in the popularity of the ladies game has also contributed to this I feel and although there is the same 'intense rivalry' I feel there is very little bitterness.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:15 pm

Johnstown Bridge V Carbury has been interesting since the late 70's...
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:53 pm

SeamusMurphy would Monasterevan vs Towers be rivals?
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:57 am

TheHulkHoganCowardFund wrote:
SeamusMurphy would Monasterevan vs Towers be rivals?

Not as much as say tower's v ellisttown or monasterevin v Ballykelly.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:31 pm

Must say Monasterevin most intimidating place I ever played. Remember a minor Division Two final, thought the parents on the sideline were going to run on and throttle us. It worked - we lost!
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:24 am

I played for Kilcullen at underage level and we had some good tussles with Ballymore. I played midfield and used to mark James Kavanagh's brother, Martin. He was a terrific player, his style was virtually identical to James. We went to the same school and even the same trials for Kildare at underage.

We were the great midfield partnership Kildare never had - Buckley and McCreery for a new generation.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:26 am

Following up on Tommy's point, the atmosphere of violence that surrounds intense club matches is pretty amazing. It all kicked off after the Sarsfields-Athy game last year, didn't surprise me.

Usually it all dissipates, but the interview with Donal Reid in yesterday's Irish Times shows what can happen.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:08 am

Monasterevin were always a tough crowd. Get nothing easy there and they do relatively well in league . Never have county players so they always have full deck to pick from.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:36 am

Monasterevin V Ballykelly in 70's and into 80's was a real rivalry, brothers playing on opposite teams, proper derby stuff. Has died out as ballykelly slipped down the ranks so don't meet on equal terms so to speak, any more. A few junior head-to-heads don't have the same bite.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:45 am

Heard a great story out of Castledermot, when the Starlights split from them. Playing Kilcullen, row broke out over a disputed goal. The keeper was a plumber who arrived from work, threw the bag beside the posts, and whipped out a wrench during the scuffle.

Long before the days of suspensions and insurance!
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:10 am

Doesn't surprise me! When I was a kid my dad brought me to a Kilcullen match against some local rival. The inevitable row broke out and one of the Kilcullen lads got a proper belt. His father stepped out on the field to hit the perpetrator, but missed and fell over. Good introduction to the whole thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:29 am

Robertstown and nurney
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:29 am

I say we send a selection out to face Dublin next time in championship. We'll still lose but man it'd be fun.*

*TommyKeegan does not condone violence.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:54 am

Suncroft doesn’t seem to be the fortress it once was but by god that was one tough place to go up until a few years. Easily the most intimidating ground in the county. Monasterevin similarly a tough place to go.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:15 am

Suncroft is nowhere near as bad as it used to be but by God you genuinely feared for life going to play there a while ago, and that was before you even took to the pitch. If you managed to beat them, say goodbye to your lift home.

Monasterevin was never really intimidating, they just had a lot of mouthy fuckers on the sideline, most of whom never kicked a ball in their lives. Same with Robertstown, the obese "WAGS" on the line weren't happy until there was a row on the pitch. Sad to see of their demise, always enjoyed playing them.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:44 am

[quote="fone"]Robertstown and nurney [/quote]


One of the most cowardly acts I've ever seen is a fella from Robertstown boxing Mikey Conway from behind breaking his nose in process a few years ago in a match in Naas.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:39 pm

Nicely put taibi.
Castledermot away always had the fear factor.
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PostSubject: Re: Club Rivalries   Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:04 pm

Ellistown v Towers was always a bigger rivalry than Rathangan v Ellistown. Some serious punch-ups over the years.
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