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Happy New Year
Seems like all your correspondents have gone AWOL over Christmas. Not much happening here either but Happy New Year to all the cricketers in the north and maybe now with the pros back in the Irish Sernior Cup you'll put up a better show. At least there shouldn't be any excuses in 2008!
Yes Ivan I certainly missed Adrian and the Goodrich family as they were very talented, especially Adrian. Our generation too! I agree with everything you say about him. Both Mark Gleghorne and Timmy Cockram are in Chile right now with the Ireland hockey team and since Steven my son is manager I'm kept up to date with their hockey achievements more so than their cricket prowess.
But the question remains why have the dual sportsmen gone?
Happy Christmas big man.
Come on Stevo Inst did OK last year. They beat the 'Big Two" and won the Ulster Cup. What's all this about age anyway, does it matter to anyone what age a cricketer is if he's good enough? Was Billy Dale keeping a young player out of the team or was he simply better than them?
On your NCU question it will help because we'll have another team that might beat Waringstown and North Down and that's got to be good for everyone.
One notable ommission by Clarence in his article on dual sportsman was Adrian Goodrich. A talented outhalf who played and captained Ulster and sat on the bench for Ireland. Many feel that at any time other than that Ward / Campbell era and he would have been an Ireland regular. He was also a regular on the Ulster Country team as a hard hitting left handed bat and superb fielder . That side featured Dermont Monteith, Ivan Anderson and Michael Reith among others. I think he may have been 12th man for Ireland. I think he would make the "best uncapped XI ". He captained Irish and Ulster schools at both sports as well as Ballymena. A true sporting giant and a great bloke as well. His brothers Alex and John also played senior rugby for Ulster as well as senior cricket. Alex at Ballymena and John at Ballymena and Muckamore.
Of the younger generation Mark Gleghorne who has about 75 senior hockey caps despite being only 23 year old played as a wicketkeeper/batsman for Ireland Under 17's .As a 16 year old he scored 85 in a Senior One game for Muckamore v Harlequins.
Thanks for these Ivan, keep them coming.
Your right on one point ..if he does bat and bowl like he can CSNZ will indeed have a great season..not so sure how their youth will also prosper (watching brief only) in his presence. And for the NCU ? what has that got to do with it ? Ask the INST youngsters !
Hey lighten up Michael. I've just read Staffy's Blog and it's very entertaining and well thought out. I like your football version too but are you sure football is any better off than cricket these days?
All that apart, I'm posting to wish everyone a happy Christmas from the Ulster Cricketer and a great cricket season in 2008. Keep the emails coming as they shorten the winter.
Just watched Staffy's Blog on the other 'channel' and he's definitely in dreamland now! Interesting board or was it 'bored' game as he packed in all his old gripes and frustrations. Fun to read 'though.
Is there a football version? Nothing in the North-West worth including and only Linfield and the Glens down here. For Lurgan substitute Glenavon and there you have it. Could be a money spinner that could give you the funds to lure Regan West, Taimur Khan, Andrew White, Derek Heasley and co to Pollock Park? Can you imagine what a strong 'coaching' team that would be and how the youngsters would really tear 2nd and 3rd eleven cricket apart? Now you've got me dreaming!
Congratulations to Brian Milford on being appointed the new NCU general secretary. Some people might see it as an 'inside' appointment but with his experience that's exactly what was needed.
Good luck Brian, you'll need it.
Stevo, if Regan West bats and bowls for the majority of the season CSN will have a great season, the NCU will have a great season and the CSN youth players will have a great season. First and foremost he's a good cricketer so whether he's paid or not paid is irrelevant. It is nearly 2008. We live in an era of professionalism and time doesn't go back
No big issue.
Just don't think that Regan will help develop the youngsters (will he not bowl and bat for the majority of their games and stifle the chances of the youngsters). Those who know him may agree. He is really a hired gun and CSNI are employing him to win or challenge for the title so why not admit that singularly ?
What's Steven Wilson on about?
Is Civil Service North not allowed to recruit like all the other clubs or should they be the only club to bring on young players and get hammered for their efforts. I'm not a CSN member but I admire them for moving with the times and looking after themselves instead of all these two faced website contribtutors who want to dictate to everyone.
If they aren't breaking the rules what's your beef?
OK Steven, we like different things to keep amused so if Staffy's teams do it for you then very good.
As for CSN why are people knocking them when practically every club does it these days? They've got a good player and isn't it better he goes to Stormont than North Down where it was rumoured? As for youth policies they'll still have more young players in their side than the other teams because they've good enough to be there.
Big Wayne will finally get the support he needs and let's hope they do well. The NCU badly needs more competition.
I think staffy did a great job with the selections. I care as it generates much needed cricket chat over the "dark" months.
Interested to hear of CSNI and their new approach to developing youth..buy in the NCU hired gun and let the KIWIS do all the work.
Who cares what Glendermott are doing because when it comes to 2008 its results that matter not who's in the team and where they came from. We're all getting antsy with no cricket and if you want to enter into dreamland then humour Staffy and his county team selections. Can you believe he wants us to tell him who is likely to win and why?
Who gives a sh**? After all you picked the teams so you should know.
Watch Glenavon for a few months and then come back to the forum refreshed!
There's a rumour going round the North-West that Glendermott approached 20 players to join them next season. Sounds ridiculous but at least three at North Down was a good start. Any other clubs feel the strain?