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Early Action Indicates Exciting Hurling Season Ahead


Nowlan Park played host to the clash of Kilkenny and Tipperary last weekend. Unlike the international Six Nations game between Wales and France, the organisers in Kilkenny opted to play with the roof open. The storm hit frame of the old stand was all that was left and it’s skeletal remains proved to be an eerie backdrop to what turned out to be an enthralling battle between these closest of rivals. Ireland may have lost narrowly to the ‘auld enemy’ in London at the weekend and for much of this game, it looked like Kilkenny were going to follow suit.

An exhibition of goal taking from both sides kept the crowd involved until the very last minutes. If this were a sixty minute game, well then Tipperary would have just about done enough but it wasn’t and those last ten minutes proved more than fruitful for the home team. It looked from early on that Kilkenny would be put to the sword by a more accurate Tipperary. The storm that had done so much damage in Kilkenny the week previous was only playing second fiddle to the damage that Tipperary forward Seamus Callanan and his team mates were inflicting on the Kilkenny defence. After just fourteen minutes on the clock, Tipperary had amassed 3-3 on the scoreboard. It must be said that Tipperary were playing with a strong breeze behind their backs for the first half but their goals came from some very poor Kilkenny defending. Tipperary will be kicking themselves this morning that they managed to let a ten point lead disappear in front of their very eyes. The same two teams competed in the League Final in Nowlan Park last year, with the same winners emerging. They also played in the All Ireland qualifiers at the same venue in 2013 and so the Tipperary supporters and players will not want to return anytime soon. Continue reading

Hurling – Cork & Clare Progress As Cats Run Out Of Lives

Is It The End Of An Era?

Is It The End Of An Era?

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14 

Cork ended Kilkenny’s reign as All-Ireland champions in Thurles on Sunday as the cats finally ran out of lives and for the first time in seventeen years failed to make the semi-final of the championship. Cork march on to play Dublin while Kilkenny now have plenty to ponder, as they will no doubt attempt to bounce back next year. The big moment of the game came shortly before half time when Kilkenny superstar and talisman Henry Shefflin was sent off for a second bookable offence. Both cautions were soft but unarguable under the rulebook. Continue reading

Hurling Round Up – Cats Topple Tipp As Dublin End 53 Year Wait


Leinster Senior Hurling Final

Dublin 2-25 Galway 2-13

Dublin bridged a 53 year gap on Sunday when they overcame Galway in Croke Park. From start to finish Dublin were the better team displaying levels of hunger and aggression that Galway couldn’t get near. Dublin led by eight points at half time after dominating the first half with Keaney, O’Callaghan and Ryan lethal up front. The second half was similar with any attack that Galway would conjure; Dublin always seemed to have a response and in truth could have won by more at the final whistle. Quite the transformation for Anthony Daly’s team since Wexford let them off the hook earlier in the championship. Since then they have found belief and with it hunger and will be considered now as serious Liam McCarthy contenders. They are solid in defence playing educating ball out and in attack hold some potent sharpshooters none other than Paul Ryan who scored 2-06 and scooped man-of-the-match. Galway will be disappointed with again an over reliance on Joe Canning and lack of a plan B. They fall back into the quarter finals now and will need to re-group quickly and use this loss as a wake up call. They still look a few players short of title winners. As for the Dubs massive credit most go to the neglected brother of the footballers. They have finally stood up and shown their worth and much credit must go to Daly and co. They will fear nobody now in the All-Ireland semi and upset all the odds and go all the way. For now they will enjoy this victory and end to the barren spell. Another boost for hurling in general this summer. Continue reading

Cork Prevail As Kilkenny Narrowly Survive Dublin Scare

hurlingCork 0-23 Clare 0-15

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