Our Final Domestic Football Podcast of the decade

2019 comes to a close, as does the 2010’s.

Hopefully everybody is surviving the football period, and you can fill out your Post to Post Sport Irish Festive Bingo card later.

As usual our Domestic Football Podcast Get Your Bleak On went up shortly after midnight. Aside from a few weeks of technical difficulties we’ve brought you domestic football coverage on Thursdays since February, and will continue to do so during 2020. You can get our podcasts on Spotify (below), Podbean (here), or Player FM (Search Post to Post Sport).

This weeks Get Your Bleak On on Spotify

We Spoke to a Post to Post Sport favorite we hadn’t heard from in a while, Niall Newberry now of the Dundalk Democrat. He had plenty to say on the FAI mess and the LOI football over the past year. We then had a selection box of interviews; including a passionate Shamrock Rovers fan, a Cork Women’s coach, and Bray Wanderers newest signing.

Looking ahead to the New Year, and the new decade, I have a few hopes. I hope for a football association that cares about domestic football, Women’s and Men’s, and want to see the game grow. We should have professional leagues in this country, and this is the decade to do it. Teams should be financed for joining the league, rather than expected to pay huge fees. I want to see the Premier Division expanded, and a pyramid put in place.

As for next season, I want to see a tighter Premier Division title race between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, with the likes of Bohs, Derry, and St. Pats making the race exciting early on. I hope for another competitive season of the First Division (get ready for more Bray Wanderers bias in the upcoming season). And I hope the Women’s National League gets more attention, and Peamount can get past the Champions League Qualifier Rounds. It’ll be an up hill battle for the Men’s side to qualify for Euro 2020, while the Women’s side are a good bet to qualify for Euro 2021.

Happy New Year to all, and thanks for listening to our podcasts over the past year. Enjoy the football.

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All 4 Irish Provinces Still In With A Chance Of Qualifying

Sitting in the Aviva Stadium at full time on Saturday, I wondered could anybody stop Leinster, and would we see an unprecedented 4 Irish provinces in the Quarter Finals of the Heineken Cup. Both of those questions could be answered with a “Yeah, but probably not”.

Leinster look far too strong after becoming the first side to reach this seasons quarter finals, and despite missing Johnny Sexton (more on him later) Northampton never got a look in. The best squad depth in Europe makes them favorites to lift both the Pro 14 and the Heineken Cup. However it’s not as inevitable as the first 11 games of the season have made it look. Leinster looked unstoppable at times during the last two seasons, and still only narrowly won the final in 2018, and were close but still very much second best last season against Saracens.

But every test this season has been past. Trips to the French and English league leaders resulted in wins, and in the Pro 14 games away to Glasgow and Connacht were not as close as would have been anticipated. For every game where fans may have felt things would be tricky, Leinster have over come it, mostly in style. Friday at the RDS offers a difficult test against a resurgent Ulster, but Leinster will still be favorites.

This week on Provincial Jazz, we spoke with Ulster Rugby Lad Perter Lockhart and Ulster fan Andrew Moffett. They raised the point that for Ulster to beat Leinster they have to keep the ball and refrain from kicking away possession. I’d add to that they have to be the most frustrating side Leinster have faced this season. They nearly beat Leinster in last seasons European Cup Quarter Final because they didn’t allow the boys in blue they play how they wanted to. Ulster have shown quality in their pool and look good to qualify. Their other aim should be securing a home quarter final in the league. Ulster are very much not the finished article yet, but they still have a lot of quality.

As for Connacht. Grit and Fight. That’s all you can say about how they finished their game against Gloucester. They showed a lot of grit and a lot of fight. They still have a lot to do to qualify from their pool, but they’ve kept themselves alive. They need depth, but have done great in securing the signature of their big names.

For Munster, they can always pull something off in Europe, but it’s tricky. Assuming they pick up 5 points against Ospreys, they need to beat Racing 92 away to top the pool. If they take a single point they’ll have 17 points, which could be enough to get through the as a best runner-up, but a lot will depend on where Saracens focus lies, and possibly favors from other teams.

The other news this week comes from the Ireland camp. Sexton is included despite his injury, but their are rumors he is wanted by Lyon. Could the fly-half be on the move if he is no longer first choice for Ireland? And then there’s Rob Kearney, is his Ireland career over? And if so,, could he be on the move?

After this week who do you think has put their hand up for selection? Surely Cooney, Ringrose, and Larmour have to be there now. Let us know, @PostToPostSport on Twitter.

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