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SHC: Dublin cause upset as Waterford and Wexford advance

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SHC: Leinster semi-final

Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 0-16

For the first time since 1946 the Dubs defeated Kilkenny in the Leinster senior hurling championship. Anthony Daly’s side made no mistake this week after being pegged back in the dying seconds last Sunday to force this replay. The only surprise on this day was the margin of victory, as Dublin’s scoreline would have been greater had it not been for some poor free-taking and the concession of several soft frees. Dublin, however, will not give a jot as they advance now to play Galway in the Leinster final next Sunday.

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Ruthless Gatland Aims To Wrap Up The Series

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The sporting capital of Australia this weekend see the second test of the Lions tour of Australia this year with the tourists looking to secure the series after limping over the line last weekend in Brisbane to take the first test. Memory cannot help thinking back 12 years ago to 2001 when the Lions found themselves in the same position entering the second test in Melbourne but two quick Joe Roff try’s in that game swung the series which the Wallabies went on to win 2-1. Continue reading

Cork Prevail As Kilkenny Narrowly Survive Dublin Scare

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In windy conditions on Sunday afternoon Cork outmuscled and outfought Clare to advance to the Munster Final where they will pit their wits with Limerick. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half Cork worked tirelessly to close down Clare and ensure they kept in touch going in at half time. Clare suffered an early setback with injury to star attacker John Conlon but that doesn’t excuse the fact that their forwards didn’t fire on the day. In the first half they had four goal chances and took none of them each time giving the Cork team added fuel to their tank. Credit to Cork they never let Clare settle and unsettled them with constant pressure. Cork went in at half time three points behind but knowing they had the breeze in the second and vitally came out and from the thrown-in they brought the intensity. Cork scored a few early accurate points to increase their confidence and put the wind behind their sails. Clare were now chasing the game and needed somebody or a few leaders to step forward. Alas nobody did with wasteful passing and inaccurate shooting now common in their game as Cork grew in stature. All of Cork’s forwards scored from play as did subs Coughlan and Cronin and together they worked well as a unit with debutant Seamus Harnedy very impressive at centre-forward. Continue reading

Day Of Reckoning As The Lions Take On Australia

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©Sum_of_Marc. The Wallabies have a lot to play for this weekend

Tomorrow the British & Irish Lions step back into competitive test action against Australia in the first of the three test series. The Lions have not had a victorious series since 1997 and have high hopes that this tour will put an end to run. Whatever the result we are in store for three action packed, heart stopping encounters with tomorrow the chance for either side to put down an earlier marker and take control of the series.

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All-Ireland SHC: Dublin Advance As Galway Overcome Stubborn Laois

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aLeinster Senior Hurling Quarter Final Replay – Dublin prevail at second time of asking against 14-man Wexford

Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12 

Dublin comfortably advanced to the Leinster semi-final at the expense of Wexford on Saturday evening at Parnell Park. Dublin dominated most of the game with man-of-the-match Paul Ryan helping himself to 1-09. Wexford’s case wasn’t helped by the dismissal of centre back Andrew Shore as early as the 7th minute and from this moment struggled to contain Dublin who were more efficient and productive than the week previous in Wexford Park. The Dublin forwards had a better understanding and balance this week and now advance to a semi-final with kingpins Kilkenny. Although showing improvement in this game Anthony Daly will need his troops to up their game considerably again to worry the cats. For Wexford its back to the drawing board and re-group ahead of their qualifier clash with Antrim. Manager Liam Dunne will be disappointed that his side couldn’t back up last weeks impressive showing in Wexford but will start favourites to get past Antrim and hope to get their challenge back on track. Continue reading

Can The Waratahs Tame The Lions?

warWe are at the half way stage of the Lions tour with game 5 tomorrow in Sydney against the NSW Waratahs. The Lions strolled to their easiest win (as expected) on the tour so far with a 62-0 victory over the combined country in mid-week. They won’t get it so easy tomorrow with the Waratahs expected to give them their biggest test of the tour so far. Four of their internationals, prop Paddy Ryan, No 8 and captain Dave Daniels, full-back Drew Mitchell and experienced centre Rob Horne have been released by the ARU to play this fixture along with two international sevens players. Manager Michael Cheika formally of Leinster has spoken about the desire in their camp to hit the men in red as hard as they can and claim a big scalp. Expect Cheika to have his team super motivated with lots of energy and hard hits. The Waratahs still minus eight internationals and six out injured will still front up similar to what the Reds did last Saturday and expect a close game with Cheika’s team looking to be physical and disrupt any pattern or flow the Lions may try to conjure. Continue reading

Hurling Championship Comes Alive

If people didn’t already know it they certainly know it now, the 2013 National Hurling Championship is alive, kicking and well underway.

The three scheduled games over the weekend gave us everything the neutral could want this weekend. The “end-to-end draw”, “the nearly upset but brave & gutsy effort” and “the upset”. Continue reading

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