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GAA: Questionable Qualifier Venues Cause Anger And Disappointment

The GAA haven’t helped themselves here with yesterday’s announcement of the venues for this year’s Round 4 qualifiers. With both the hurling and the football championships disappointing the world of GAA to date, the CCCC’s announcement of venues for the final stage of the football qualifiers has been greeted with an air of disappointment and indeed anger in Tipperary. Tipperary are …

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Top Five Performers From The Connacht Football Championship

Despite having one extra game, the Connacht Championship is now over. Galway won after a replay and Mayo failed to build on their five-in-a-row. Scenes were to be seen as the Maroon and White enjoyed a very much missed success under Kevin Walsh. Here are our Top 5 players from this years Connacht Championship.  Shane Walsh – Galway He was …

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Gaelic Football: If The All-Stars Were Picked Now

The four provincial championships are over. We are at the half-way point of the championship so in follow up to last week, Tuesday’s Team Selection will pick the Gaelic Football All-Stars based on the season so far. Bernard Power – Galway The Galway goalkeeper has impressed so far this season. He has a real swagger about him inside in the …

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Gaelic Football: Last 12 May Not Be As Novel As You Thought

Twelve teams remain in this year’s All-Ireland football championship and here at Pundit Arena HQ, we have taken a look back at the teams who featured in the last 12 since 2010. An incredible number of counties feature. A staggering 25 counties have made it to the last 12 stage since 2010. This year has seen the rise of both Clare …

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Top Five Performers From The Leinster Football Championship

We continue our championship reviews. All provincial championships have now concluded. It was the Dublin show more or less in Leinster yet again. Here we rank the Top 5 players from this year’s Leinster campaign. Picking individuals is tough as a result of Dublin’s team dominance. But we gave it a go nonetheless. Kevin McManamon – Dublin The St. Jude’s …

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Individual Magic and Instinct Can Kill Any System

System has been the most used word in GAA circles this summer. From defensive systems to sweeper systems, the championships have been marred by over-analysis and almost robotic methods of play. However, on Sunday, Sean Cavanagh and Peter Harte of Tyrone demonstrated that personal pieces of magic can defeat any so-called system. Obviously, it took Tyrone a massive collective effort to come from …

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Dubs Defensive Disaster: All-Star McCarthy Reportedly Out Until September

After yet another comprehensive Leinster victory on Sunday, Jim Gavin’s Dublin side have reportedly been dealt a major setback as their preparations begin for a quarter-final tie with the news that James McCarthy’s injury is more serious than initially feared. All-Star defender James McCarthy looks set to be out of action for at least six weeks according to reports today …

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Tribute Tuesday – Peter Canavan

Tyrone were victorious in last weekend’s Ulster final. Sean Cavanagh was captain, leader and Man of the Match. We gave the Ulster final negative press, but let’s put some positivity back in Ulster by remembering Tyrone’s greatest ever captain and leader, Peter Canavan. It might be the second week in a row that we are paying tribute to a Tyrone footballer. …

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GAA: Possible Runs To The All-Ireland Football Final

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 20/9/2015.Kerry vs Dublin.Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie.

The draws have been made and the business end of the GAA championships are all ready for action. There is only one door available and all doors now lead to Croke Park in August and September. So four teams have already qualified for the quarter finals. These teams are the four provincial champions; Dublin from Leinster, Kerry from Munster, Tyrone …

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Nobody Is Talking About The Tipperary Footballers

Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Final, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry 3/7/2016 Kerry vs Tipperary Kerry's Michael Geaney and Bill Maher of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

We are now entering the last 12 of the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. All of the teams have been spoken about and analysed on a regular basis but very few people have been acknowledging Tipperary. They may be victims of the system or it could down to people having short term memories. But Tipperary are being spoken about very …

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Aussie Rules Dream Hangs In The Balance For Westmeath Star

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 26/6/2016 Kildare vs Westmeath Ray Connellan of Westmeath Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The confirmation that Ray Connellan suffered a broken leg during yesterday’s Leinster Senior Football final will come as a huge blow to Westmeath, Connellan himself and Australian rules side St Kilda, who were hoping to add the talented player to their ranks. According to The42,ie, the Athlone man spent a month on trial with St Kilda, but yesterday’s injury may …

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Venues Announced For The Next Round Of The All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

football hurling GAA DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: General View showing the exterior of Croke Park prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Ireland and France at Croke Park on February 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The venues have been announced for the next round of All-Ireland Football Championship qualifiers, which were drawn this morning. Clare vs Roscommon. Cork vs Donegal. Mayo vs Westmeath. Derry vs Tipperary. Saturday July 23 Round 4A Qualifiers Clare v Roscommon, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 3.00pm (Sky Sports) Referee: TBC (ET if necessary) — Clare Gaa (@GaaClare) July 18, 2016 Confirmed Mayo play …

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Five Reasons Why The Ulster Football Final Was Such A Disappointment

Donegal's Colm McFadden dejected Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

‘The home of Sexy Football’ was how we described Ulster Football on our weekly podcasts over the last few weeks. We talked up yesterday’s Ulster final as ‘The Game Of The Summer So Far?’ and described our reasons for justified optimism. But that optimism soon changed to pessimism. Listening to Bernard Flynn on RTÉ radio after the game, one could …

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GAA; Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – 18th July

We reflect on the weekend’s action again. Football dominated the weekend with some tasty knock-out qualifier clashes along with the three provincial finals. Here is some of the fallout. Who’s Hot Galway Galway and their manager Kevin Walsh have built a very tidy footballing team. They do play a defensive style but they have some quality attackers that make them …

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Gaelic Football Power Rankings #4

There is movement again in this week’s Gaelic Football Power Rankings. We are now down to the last 12 of the championship so the Top 10 will now become a Top 12. Real championship football starts now as Croke Park is about to come calling. Dublin – no change Still no change. It’s now six Leinster titles on the bounce …

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