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Extra Time Needed If Replays Not Being Covered

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It’s a travesty to say that the G.A.A. have turned down the opportunity to show the Leinster semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway. The drawn game last Sunday was an advertisement for what is possible in sport. For Galway to recover from what seemed to be an unassailable Kilkenny lead just shows what this sport is all about. Fat ladies and all that may have been mentioned with ten minutes to the final whistle but no one in their right mind could imagine that she wouldn’t get to sing a note. It’s difficult to work out the reasons for not showing this game live. Do the G.A.A. seriously believe that players will be working the morning of a championship match? That’s one of the reasons John Horan, Chairman of the Leinster Council gave as not to play the game at 2.30, it would be unfair on the players to give up a full Saturday. The fact that Tullamore is a busy town on a Saturday was also taken into consideration for not having the early start. 12,000 plus people attending a match, a negative for a town? Seriously? This year’s Munster championship replay between Cork and Waterford was streamed live on RTE Player instead of television and the resulting coverage was far from ideal, it was a poor effort to say the least. In last years Leinster championship, the semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin was also reduced to internet viewing. The message coming down from the top to grass roots level is to promote the game, promote the game, promote the game and yet when they get a chance themselves, they fail miserably. Continue reading

Early Action Indicates Exciting Hurling Season Ahead

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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 New Guns, Not So New

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The 2013 hurling championship has already been written as one of the best in years. The media pumped it up for all it was worth. Clare managed to claim the title after two attempts against Cork and all was well in the G.A.A. world. A sigh of relief from the organisation, Kilkenny not only didn’t win the All Ireland but they weren’t even involved at the semi-final stage. The interest from the rest of the country could return, the game was in danger of being monopolised by one county. I have read with interest, hurling articles, over the past few months. The ‘old guard’ were being replaced. The ‘old guard’ seemingly, according to most columnists are Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. Continue reading

Fitting Finale To Great Championship As Clare Topple Cork In Thriller

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Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

The most exciting championship in living memory deserved a fitting final and by god did we get it. The drawn game three weeks had everything or so we taught. What was served up to us on Saturday evening was a credit to both Clare and Cork and surpassed the hopes of the neutral who had feared an also-ran replay. Those fears were quickly diminished as late replacement and soon-to-be poster boy of Clare, Shane O Donnell scored a hat trick of goals inside the first twenty minutes. Add to this a 20 metre free from Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash that he blasted past 12 Clare players on the line which was in itself box office viewing. Clare had stretched to an eight point lead with half time fast approaching but a determined Cork importantly managed to claw into that lead before the break leaving just three points in it at the interval.

The second half began as the first finished, fast, frantic and highly intense. Cork came back in the second half with a few hammer blows and drew it level, Clare at that stage responded like a team of 27- or 28-year-olds with four All-Ireland medals in their back pocket, who knew how not to panic and knew how to close the deal. Yet that came from a bunch of young and relatively inexperienced hurlers. Continue reading

SHC Final Replay – Liam McCarthy Awaits As Cork And Clare Battle Again

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The greatest hurling championship in living memory reaches its conclusion this Saturday at 5pm as Cork and Clare meet again for the honour of taking home Liam McCarthy. After 72 minutes and 30 seconds three weeks ago nothing could separate these sides after a pulsating tie. The Hurling community has the pleasure of another instalment of seventy plus minutes of high octane excitement filled Hurling. This is the second year in a row the final has gone to a replay after sixty odd years of none, the debates of should it have gone to extra-time and the timing of the replay rumble on but that is an entirely different argument best left for another day. For now we concentrate on tomorrow’s mouth-watering replay and where it will be won or lost. Continue reading

Munster Rivals Draw Swords In Battle For Hurling Success

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After a summer of drama, entertainment, controversy and joyous hurling we reach the pinnacle of the hurling calendar this weekend with tickets for Sunday’s battle as rare as hen’s teeth.

Few would have predicted it at the start of the year and those who did well there just liars or fortune tellers. Cork and Clare do battle this Sunday at half past three in Croke Park for the honour and privilege of being crowned All-Ireland champions and bringing home the Holy Grail that is the Liam McCarthy cup. Both teams have come this far via the back door / qualifier system but none to argue their worth of a place in Sunday’s showpiece after both teams displayed scintillating performances in their semi-final victories to advance. 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

The Quest For Liam McCarthy – The Story So Far

Liam MacCarthy 25609c13aJust a few days until the All-Ireland quarter-finals and as six teams becomes four we take a look at the championship so far and the winners and losers.

Winners

The real winners thus far in the championship has been the supporters who have been treated to possibly the best championship for entertainment and quality for many years. The qualifiers have provided games never seen in this format before and in both provincial championships we have seen the odds upset. Continue reading

Limerick Crowned Munster Champions As Kilkenny And Clare Progress

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Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15

Limerick claimed their first Senior Munster title since 1996 amongst joyous scenes at the Gaelic Grounds.

On a baking hot day the John Allen led Limerick finished the game very strongly to run out deserved victors. In the last ten minutes of the game they outscored Cork seven points to no score after Cork had got to within two points. Continue reading

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

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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