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Hi Happy North-Wester although there aren't many like you if the websites are a fair reflection! Yes, we've turned into whingers as well but this is the mad season when the cricket is all but over and the website pundits who made all their great predictions that didn't come true now try to stir the pot. September blues for a lot of people and the only thing you guys have left to win is the White Stick trophy. By the way where is Saintfield?
Interesting to note that the North-Westers are discussing the standard/size of their grounds and pitches. These guys normally stick together on this issue but to be honest, it was only a matter of time before it came to the fore… You have to have decent pitches to help the development of the game, especially in an All-Ireland context.
The boys in Leinster must have been listening to the NCU guys for too long – I see they have turned into a bunch of whingers as well! Grounds, weather, points, appeals, committee decisions… maybe Mr Hatton has a comment to make on this one?!
I’m not so sure that any of the ‘transfer’ rumours noted on the site have any validity. Why would the top clubs want to change their personnel? They need major changes to challenge in the ISC and don’t need any to continue to be at the top in the NCU!
I think the idea in the NCU Development Plan of 1 vote per club at the AGM makes a lot of sense. The Union should be totally democratic and just because a club enters a lot of teams, it shouldn’t entitle them to more votes when the decision making comes around.
But would they pay him?
a white to waringstown, as he has just bought a house in maralin which is 5 mins from the lawn and is best mates with kyle.
J Bushe to retire
N.Jones to CI
E.Thompson to North Down
B.Adams to CI
I.Carser to Muckamore
W.Price to Waringstown
A.Waite to North Down
Anyone heard these?
Definitely haven’t heard these!
If I had a magic wand I'd...
Make Paul Stafford NCU chairman
Allow pros to play in all cups
Ask Ivan McCombe to set up an Ulster league
Send Ivan Anderson to Comber to present the league trophy
Double the 'wages' and empower the umpires
Make Neil Hunter NCU vice chairman
Appoint Robin Haire NCU president
Ban the Leinster clubs in the Irish cup
West to CIYMS
Jones to CIYMS
White to North Down
Haire to Downpatrick
Anyone else hear these?
Interesting feature on the site regarding the umpiring situation. I heard a rumour that at least half a dozen umpires in the NCU had refused to stand in games involving Instonians, anyone know if there is any truth in this?
I wonder if that will apply to CIYMS next year then…
Apologies if I gave any impression of valuing my opinion more than anyone elses. Personal opinions are exactly that and are of equal value to those that hold them. It's airing them that gets us thinking and without such debates the status quo would remain for ever. I personally think the Ulster League can only be kickstarted by a lucrative sponsorship deal. Maybe an 8 team Sunday league or something. I don't know but surely soon we have to try something. Looking at the NCU it is difficult to see where any real challenge to the Big Two is going to come from in the next 3 years. That's not a recipe to get people watching cricket.
Well done Instonians!
Your season started and finished with a bang and while there were a few interesting moments in between, it's great to finish on a high. Local cricket badly needs another team challenging the Big Two and let's hope this is the platform for future success.
Well done John and maybe we'll get a few drinks from you guys at the NCU dinner!
I am pleased to discover that Peter Connell has dismissed some REAL BATSMEN with his slower ball. Your photo shows me bewildered and bowled by his proto-type last June.
I feel tempted to call it a day for playing premier cricket after Inst's incredible win against the best team in the land or am I just depressed after such a miserably wet summer.
Fitting that N.Down should do the double to celebrate 150 great years!!!