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Posts Tagged ‘ Laois GAA ’

All Ireland Preview: Who Can Topple The Boys In Blue?

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With the long road to Croker having kick off in earnest, we’ll now take a look at the teams likely to raise Sam Maguire come September.

In Munster, the odds are firmly stacked in Cork and Kerry’s favour. Whoever can emerge from the traditional rivalry will be among the key contenders. It would be hard to see any other side from Munster upsetting this balance, claiming provincial glory outside of this two heavyweights of the game. Home advantage for either side could be a crucial factor on how they progress through the championship. Continue reading

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International Rules: Ireland Could Annihilate The Aussies

Michael Murphy named as Ireland Captain

International Rules Series 2013

Ireland v Australia

This is a game that has sparked fierce debate over the last few years primarily in relation to fighting and the tough nature of some incidents in this fixture. The Australians are sending an all indigenous team to take on the Irish in Breffni Park in County Cavan this Saturday.

Over the last few years the visitors tend to fare better than their counterparts but I think this series needs to be entertaining and some worth watching rather than players throwing punches or unneccessary incidents which could lead to this game being scrapped altogether.  I would fancy the Irish lads to be more skilful than the Aussies, but they must not let the nature of the Australian type tackle ruin this fixture. Continue reading

Irish International Rules Panel Announced

Michael Murphy named as Ireland Captain

Irish International Rules manager Paul Earley has confirmed his provisional panel for the upcoming International Rules series with Australia to be played in Cavan and Dublin on October 19 and 26 respectively.

Mayo have the largest single representation on the panel with four followed by Cork, Donegal, Laois and All-Ireland champions Dublin who all have three each.

In total, 15 counties are represented on a panel of 29 that is expected to be cut back next week ahead of the opening test at Kingspan Breffni Park. Continue reading

Fancied Four Advance To All Ireland Quarter Finals

gaaAll-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4

Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16

Cork claimed victory from the jaws of defeat against the tribesmen at the weekend. Galway looked like they were going to win this game as they dominated the scoreline for majority of the game. Galway must take massive credit for their effort this year to reach the last 12 in the championship and need to build on this for next year. Cork had several chances on goal in the first half but failed to convert any of these. Galway led at half time 0-8 to 0-7 thanks to points mostly from Meehan and Armstrong. Galway were building a lot of momentum in the second half and went five points clear after the break before their lead was reduced by the rebels who refused to lie down in this game. A Cork goal by Aidan Walsh towards the end of the game raised their revival and they went on to win this game. Galway scored a late goal through Michael Meehan who struck his free past several Cork defenders on the goal line to give them one last lifeline in this game, but time was against them as Cork marched into the quarter finals. Continue reading

Race For Sam Maguire Heats Up As Qualifiers Enter Final Stage

samGalway v Cork

Galway will be hoping to improve on their victory over Armagh, with inspiration to come from players like Armstrong, Sice and Meehan. The tribesmen will face an uphill challenge and must improve on their last performance to come out on top in this round 4 qualifier. Cork will be hoping to erase the memory of their Munster final defeat to Kerry. Cork need players like Paul Kerrigan and other players to step up in this game to ensure that they progress. Cork have much more strength in-depth than Galway. The tribesmen have bounced back nicely and seem to be improving after a few of years of silence in the west however it may not be enough.

Verdict: Cork  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

GAA Round Up: Monaghan End 25 year Wait

Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal 0-7 Monaghan 0-13

Monaghan have ended a a 25 year wait to recapture the Ulster Championship as they disposed of reigning All ireland champions Donegal at Clones.

Monaghan were really hungry for this victory and their fierceness in the tackles was immense. Donegal were somewhat shell-shocked at the pace and intensity their opponents brought to this game. Donegal’s first score only arrived five minutes before half time. Monaghan were so dominant in the first half yet they only led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break. The Farney men pushed on in the second half and extended their lead to five points at one stage. Donegal were trying to revive their situation by attempting to break through the Monaghan cover. Monaghan went six points in front towards the end of the game when Tommy Freeman scored a simple point at the death. Monaghan march on to the All-Ireland Quarter final and can’t get too carried away with this victory. Donegal will now face Laois in the Qualifiers. Continue reading

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