Thursday, November 15, 2007

A comment about commenting


First up, its great to have so many comments rolling in and opening an extra channel of communication was one of my main aims in setting this little site up. My hope, though, was to never have to moderate messages. Unfortunately, I've started getting a load in which are just slagging other people off (mainly references to people's parental origins or the perceived lack of style in a chosen haircut... all followed up by the mandatory c**t) and have no place on this site.

Basically people, use the site for a place of debate. The ongoing Pembroke debate is lively and interesting, showing up some people's deep-seated concerns about the club and drawing an enviable show of pride from those involved at the club. Everyone has an opinion - but keep it as an opinion based on logic, facts etc rather than part of prejudice.

Yeah, I know it sounds all hippy dippy, but readers will get more out of that and be able to respond accordingly than just abusing someone. This type of comment is liable to spill over onto the pitch and as such would be a complete failure of what I, and I'm guessing most of Leinster hockey, hope to acheive.

Finally, a lot of people have asked me to encourage people to leave their names on their posts. There is a facility to put your names to your comments if you like. I understand people want to know the background where the comment came from. But to be honest, though, I'm not going to enforce it beacuse a perfectly good point can be made in an anonymous vein and it may never be aired if forced to be labelled. Use a pseudonym if you're really bothered...

Fair enough or a pile of new age rubbish? Have your say...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

FAIR POINT...its a good debate about pembroke but is now getting boring...there are many other clubs in Leinster,Ulster,Munster and lets here peoples views about the upcomining ISC...any nice games... C oI V Garvey...kilkeel v The Bann...Monkstown V railway!!...What about comments on coaches... Johnnie cole making the brave step to get involved with the glens when many others over the years were afraid to take the chance with a winning team and glenanne having to rely on home coaches..Bolger

Anonymous said...

Kilkenny don't have a coach!!!

Anonymous said...

It has to be said that Pembroke Mens First Eleven are the team at the moment who are leading the way in bettering Irish club hockey, both at home and abroad. They did Irish hockey proud in the recent EHL group stages and proved that Irish clubs CAN compete at the A-Division level. This is the type of standard which the chasing clubs are and should be aspiring to. Notwithstanding this it is clear that there is a concerning gulf between the Leinster Leagues top three and the remainder of the teams. It is inevitable that some clubs will be left behind, due to a lack of resources which has the knock on effect by way of difficulties in attracting players, from both at home and abroad. There is a balance required in club hockey between taking in foreign players and sqeezing out your club men. The Irish Cricket Association have ruled that each club is only entitled to recruit one overseas player per season. A suggestion would be that the IHA should set a ruling whereby any club in the first division is only permitted to register a maximum of three overseas players in a season. We must embrace the overseas players as we can learn alot about different styles of hockey,however at the same time we must protect our leagues and clubs. So a balance is required. Pembroke are tipping the balance on this issue. I am not a Pembroke man, but I am a hockey lover, and one must admit that Pembroke are a most welcoming club who offer their wonderful facilities to all, without any prejudices. It is difficult to get to the top of the pile, but it is harder to stay there. So it is perhaps best not to knock for the sake of knocking. Jealous and snide remarks are a front for insecurity. So for those of you who are insecure about yourselves, your hockey or your clubs, the answer for you is to just try harder. For this, Irish hockey will be thankful.

Anonymous said...

man you like typing

Anonymous said...

Great response, nothing constuctive to say, so maybe don't bother posting comments!!

Michael said...

pembroke are the best club in ireland and are leading the way for irish clubs. They also look after there youth as long as the youth want to work! I know this because i am one of the youth