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Provincial Championship Still Matter…Even To Kerry

That rarest of things. A delighted reaction to a football championship match. Stranger still, a game that managed to relegate the hurling clash that followed to the shade. The  necessary components were all there. Atmosphere, meaning, skill, controversy, reaction. It may not go down as a bona fide classic, but it was certainly a very fine game. For twenty years, Killarney has not seen a …

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How The Rebels Lay Siege But Couldn’t Overthrow The Kingdom

Walking up Lewis road towards Fitzgerald Stadium late Sunday morning, you would have been struck by two things. One, the sheer number of people around the streets which resulted in a plump attendance of 35,651. The other was the weather. We Irish love a good chin-wag about the weather and at half eleven Sunday morning you got the feeling it …

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Cork, Kerry & The Game Of Tea Cups – Munster Final Analysis

Simon Hartley, the renowned UK based sports psychologist, feels that a team must not only have the objective of winning.  It should be even more specific.  They must score as much as possible and concede as little as possible.  In creating this atmosphere it helps the best teams fend against the dreaded complacency when the whole world and their mother …

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Was Joe Brolly Right To Criticise The Referee As He Did?

Joe Brolly Armagh

Joe Brolly severely criticised the Munster Final referee Joe Brolly is often critical of players, but after the Munster Final between Kerry and Cork he chastised Padraig Hughes for awarding a penalty against Cork’s Mark Collins. In an outburst the opinionated pundit remarked, ‘Paudie wouldn’t know a penalty if it bit him in the arse’. Brolly argued that it was Mark Collins’s ball; …

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Cork and Kerry to Replay in Fitzgerald Stadium

Kerry GAA

After the sides could not be separated Kerry and Cork will replay on July 18 Cork must once again travel to Killarney for the Munster Senior Football Championship Final replay. The Munster Council have taken the decision to stage the replay in Fitzgerald Stadium as Pairc Ui Chaoimh is currently under redevelopment. While this leaves Cork with the tough task of travelling to Killarney to …

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Cork Guilty of Overthinking Strategy

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Cork came within seconds of overturning Kerry Cork came into the Munster Final under the radar. Much of the talk before the game was of the strength of Kerry’s squad and the number of All Ireland medals on the bench. However Cork proved they were more than a match for Kerry in the second half. The Kingdom’s defence had been …

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Has Eamonn Fitzmaurice Selected The Strongest Substitutes Bench In The History of Gaelic Football?

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has selected an unusually strong bench for Kerry’s clash with Cork When the Kerry manager decided to start Colm Cooper from the bench on Sunday, he raised the eyebrows of football fans across the country. While the strength of Dublin’s panel has been discussed at length, Kerry seem to have come in under the radar in this regard. Amongst the …

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The Six Day Issue That Won’t Go Away

Two years ago the GAA came up with the decision to split the qualifiers in two and do away with the six day turnaround for those teams who were beaten in a provincial final. This has worked very well, but the problem is still occurring in the early rounds as can be seen by the Offaly and Kildare game this …

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Rebels With A Cause

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Cork are looking to beat Kerry in Killarney for the first time in 20 years. There is nothing like a Munster Final in Killarney. The short distance between Killarney and Cork’s football heartland in the west of the county ensures that a sizeable rebel contingent make the trip across the county bounds. The atmosphere created in the town is stimulated by …

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The Gaelic Football Revolution At One London High School

The BBC are reporting the most unlikely of GAA related stories today. A school in Southall, west London, whose student body is comprised mainly of children from indian and somali backgrounds, is about to field a Gaelic football team. The situation arose when members of the teaching staff at Featherstone High School encouraged their colleague, Brendan Doherty, to set up …

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Classy Dubs Are Just Too Good This Year

When the final whistle sounded at the end of Westmeath’s victory over Meath on Sunday, it was greeted with such a reaction by the Lake County faithful that you would be forgiven for thinking it was 2004 again. Such was the joy at Westmeath’s first ever Championship victory over rivals Meath that you could almost picture the late, great Páidí Ó Sé down …

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GIF: So… What About That Red Card For Paddy O’Rourke?

Westmeath ran out as 4 point winners over their neighbours after a fantastic comeback in Croke Park It was special victory for a number of reasons, however none more so than the fact that it was their first ever Championship win over their major rivals and neighbours. However, placing the glory of Westmeath’s achievement aside, there was a slightly controversial …

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Hope Springs Eternal For Lilywhites

Journalists by trade are prisoners of their own banal platitudes. One of the professions common sayings refer to the disdain the majority of upstanding journalists have for “fans with typewriters”. Fortunately, contributors to Pundit Arena are not shackled by these constraints, so I’m going to drop all journalistic pretences. On Sunday at 4pm I’ll join approximately 15,000 of my fellow …

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