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the umpiring was surely worse than the banter? players who should have been out have/will always receive grief while they are still batting, how each team deal with it is half the challenge. with rivalry and competitive matches there will and should be a place for a few verbals. sometimes less articulate players may go over board in the heat of it but shake hands, accept any punishment and move on? what is a fast bowler without a few handy one liners?
RE Jeff Maguire
May i just say that I wish Dundrum every success in Section 2 this season and hope you are able to stay up. I have enjoyed playing at Dundrum on a number of occasions and also had the privilege of staying in the Bay Inn for a night after a match(however the owner left after closing and locked us in - we had to serve ourselves pints and cheese for breakfast!!!)
Sri Lankan pro this year - are you putting him up in the Bay Inn??
Good luck anyway and keep the tips coming!
Good to see everyone getting their retaliation in first as is customary in Northern Ireland. I just want to echo what is being said on this forum about looking forward to the upcoming season. We know at Saintfield that we're in for a hard challenge this year, but we're not just looking to survive. We want the rest of the teams to show that we can play a bit as well. Taito, you might just be surprised about how competitive ourselves and Dundrum are having played against them for the last couple of years. They just do not give up no matter the match situation. Indeed the match last year at the Meadow was one of the most keenly fought games I've played in. I recall Jeff and Sparky shaking hands a few overs from the end and settling for a tie(I was never run out by the way shocking decision). The best thing for me about Dundrum is the craic with the guys after the match and the way they play the game. I still can't recall how I got home last year, I must have swam to Portaferry.
You mentioned an ill-tempered game Inst.v. N.Down and several Inst. players being suspended. I must point out that the cup semi-final at Comber involving both teams a few weeks earlier was an even worse exhibition of poor sportsmanship, verbal abuse and 'toys out of the pram' behaviours.
All witnessed by the umpires who failed to intervene in any way.
We must empower umpires to strongly intervene and 'stamp out' such antics and that players reported are automatically suspended.There should be no place for these displays of poor sportsmanship.
Let's play cricket as it should be played - competitively but sportingly!!!
Classic banter on the site...much better than cricket europe forum, pity others didnt tune in and reply.
As for this season, there is no doubt it will be very tough for us to stay up. If we had Derrick McCann and another player we thought we had (until he resigned from his job) then i would have no doubt we would have stayed up. Without these players it will be very tough and makes my job all the harder. I must say having played for Downpatrick as well as Darren McCann and Alan Tormey and the others who want to prove they are good enough, it makes for an intriging few matches and I suggest people should look up the fixtures and note the dates in their diary.
One other thing, we may only be a village team but the amount of work our committee has put in over the winter has been nothing short of amazing. I hope when teams visit Dundrum they will see the benefits of all the hard work.
Taito looking forward to seeing the guyes at Strangford Road again although i wont be home til late saturday morning as I will be in Tenerife.
Jeff, you're a legend! It's true I've never played at Dundrum more's the pity. I think you guys will do ok. Your results last year showed you can play and a pro will help.
With D McCann away to Derriaghy will mean they have their first decent cricketer without a 'Van' in his name. The grapevine says they have replaced the Van Der Merwe brothers with Ford Van Transit and Hertz Van Hire both were living in the Boucher Road. Rumours have it they're working in a KFC. Apparently it's a specialist job and those skills can only be flown in from the Cape or Northern Transval or something. Any sign of local boy Freddie Van Der Burgh to pick up his player of the year from 2005 yet?
No thanks Jeff. I expected you to offer the bet which is why I told you I'm not a gambler. I'd worry all season about it. If you do better I'll be the first to congratulate you.
Again, good luck.
mark. had it backed 2win(lost20)but won 30 on betfair for place,so sink not empty YET!was told back open season for place finished 3rd sum dipso layed 26.5so happy enough (for sum1 who dont gamble fair play u got odds &result right)& my m8s horse from killyleagh mourne rambler won again so didnt lose but mr new york was HAMPERED OR DEF WUD HAVE WON.PAUL STAFFORD (THOUGHT THE FISH HAD GONE OFF )good2 c u back ONLINE.if the craic is as good wen season starts happy days as this more fun than watching TV.paul dont no if u played at dundrum but it favours BOWLERS&we have lost 2games in 3 years & 1 TIE. & ican assure u unless they have pro the derby games will be very CLOSE,We have signed a sri lankan pro/coach as they say in WARINGSTOWN if u cant beat them join them so we have no doubt that its a MASSIVE step up for asmall junior club but we wont go down without a fight and as everyclub knows anyone can get relegated(paddy power is refunding all bets on us being relegated as easy£ .lol).TAITO,briggsy said u finish first or second (is he UMPIRING IN SECTION 2)maybe thats y he so BULLISH(NOT BULLSHIT)maybe taito we shud have TOALS set PRICES see if we can bet on section 2(y not they still taking bets on ELVIS BEING ALIVE) ACCORDING TOO MOST ARMAGH &DUNDRUM ALREADY DOWN& yes paul i will be GUTTED if they score 500 (home &away)the north west air must b HIGH UP THEIR.LOL
mark .you must be blind as i never said that we win the section &believe me we are favourites to be relegated .i was simply having bit CRAIC with TAITO & trying to have a wager with derby rivals&DONT THINK FOR 1 MINUTE THAT THEY WILL STUFF US&iam a gambler so if u want too take my bet (maybe u lay me 5 1)? iwill have 20£ home &away(they say a fool &his £ are easy parted) so if you want earn in your words easy£ for downpatrick too stuff us im up for the bet??ps what club you from?TAITO sorry to hear that we wont get LOADED after game as the bar taking will deff be down!!yes we have couple new faces one our first ever PROFESSIONAL/COACH ,but the loss off (the best wicket keeper i have seen) derrick mccann&very good bat who has joined DERRIAGHY will be sorely missed&would like too wish him all the best as he will keep all the UMPIRES ON THEIR TOES!TAITO maybe the rain will put game off as the bars need as much £as possible&take it your buying?also darren olyroyd has transferred from drumaness which hopefully take a bit off pressure off big lee connor!
As for Mister New York Jeff another beaten favourite at 10/11. i hope you hadn't the kitchen sink in it.
is it getting near that time for league position predictions?? always makes interesting reading. Straight to the point there Mark, yeah Dundrum will find it tough and i am sure survival is there aim for this season, it is a big jump, but who knows. There are a lot of teams in that league with similar ability and it might come down to whos pro is better to see who survives.
If you recall Downpatrick nearly scored 400 last year against CSNI who are now talking themselves up for a title push. Could we see them scoring 500 against Dundrum? More than the fish will be gutted if they do, eh Jeff?
Jeff you'll need more than a nice wee ground and a great place to enjoy cricket to survive in this league. Downpatrick will hammer you and you'll be lucky to win more than two games! Good luck as you'll need plenty of it. These websites are great for bumming and blowing as you find out when you read them back after the season is over. I'm not a gambler (don't have the money) but Dundrum would be at least 500/1 to win this league.
jeff i was just looking at the fixtures and i am on holiday for the game at our place. Our boys might stand a better chance of a win with me away. Any new faces down in dundrum this year then?
paul. the banter between us & downpatrick will be SPICEY as their is nothing better than DERBY GAMES!!& home from racing & cant BELIEVE im up £ as all the tips i posted nearly all lost thank god for BETFAIR & betting in running as won 500£ sat but drank most off it but kept back 20£ for TAITOs bet! realy do agree that strangford road is top ground & ill wager this win lose or draw we will leave plenty£ over the bar as lt will be good to have the craic with new clubs this season. mister new york will win kempton tuesday.