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5 Players Who Will Light Up The Munster SHC

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Following Thursday’s piece on five players who will light up the Leinster SHC, Brian Barry gives us his Munster equivalent. Cormac Murphy (Cork) Now in his second season in the Cork squad, Cormac Muphy has made the wing-back position his own. After stints in the UCC Fitzgibbon Cup side, the Mallow man has done enough to impress Jimmy Barry-Murphy. You …

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Forgotten Friday: 5 GAA Scores We All Need To See Again

Over the weekend, majestic points were scored in both hurling and football by Austin Gleeson of Waterford and Colin O’Riordan of Tipperary. Both scores were out of the top drawer, which triggered us here at Pundit Arena to take a trip down memory lane. Here is a list of five GAA scores that we all need to see again. _____ …

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5 Players Who Will Light Up The 2015 Leinster SHC

The Leinster Senior Hurling Championship kicked off last weekend, with Antrim overcoming Laois in dramatic circumstances and Westmeath pipped Carlow by two points. With an exciting draw, all roads lead to Croker for 5th July’s decider. Brian Barry picks five players he believes will have a big say in the destination of the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for 2015.   Chris …

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The GAA’s ‘Injury Time’ Problem

The GAA has many issues that need solving at the moment, ranging from the way our championships are structured, to the amount of times players are training, to young stars burning out. While these all need attention, there is one issue the GAA is neglecting that is more important than the others, as it happens directly on the field of play. I’m talking about how injury …

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2015 National Hurling League All-Stars

The first half of the GAA season has concluded and Waterford have secured the first national trophy on offer for 2015. They won the league from Division 1B and played an excellent brand of hurling. Pundit Arena GAA decided to kick-off another debate by putting an All-Star selection together, based solely on the 2015 league. The XV is dominated by …

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Embrace The Change Illustrated By Waterford’s Hurlers

Waterford’s run to League glory was coupled with criticism of their defensive style of play. However, a lot of hurling teams, and even football sides, could learn from Derek McGrath’s system. A hurling team’s advantage over football is that the instant the opposition is dispossessed in the middle third, a score is nearly always on. Points are regularly picked off …

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Rejoice At The New Era Of Hurling Upon Us

As the vicious cycle of recurring success Kilkenny forced upon Hurling finally fades, a new era is upon us. One that harks back to the heady competitive days of the 1990s. Rejoice, a golden age of competitiveness is upon us.    When Brian Cody took the reins as Kilkenny manager in late 1998 few would have predicted what was to come …

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GAA: Should The Purposelessness Of The National League Be Abolished?

The GAA is kidding itself. Nobody cares about the National League, not really anyway. So why not do away with the charade and ditch the thing altogether?  In a world where players seem to have close to twelve-month seasons, it is weird to sometimes hear respected pundits and managers say that the team ‘isn’t quite there’ in terms of fitness or …

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Hurling Preview: Nowlan Park Double Header

After a somewhat strange hurling league series, only four teams remain in this year’s competition. Cork and Dublin and Tipperary and Waterford will do battle at Nowlan Park in an eagerly anticipated double-header this Sunday. Here we preview the two encounters. With Kilkenny having have held the league trophy in their possession for the last three years, 2015 provides a chance for …

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Video: US Army Veterans Speak About Their Love Of Hurling

During the week, we posted the amazing story of US army veterans setting up a hurling team. This is not the only side in the United States with veterans, and on Thursday, ABC FOX Montana interviewed veterans of the Montana Grizzlies hurling club, national collegiate champions, and hosts of the impending 2015 NCGAA Championship. Here we learn how they have applied …

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GAA Players Emoji Quiz

We here at Pundit Arena GAA love a good challenge, but some of these are tough. Can you guess the following GAA players from these emoji clues?   Post your answers in the comment section below, or on our Facebook page.   Hat-tip to joe.ie, and Ciaran Redmond, orignal creator.

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Leinster Hurling XV of the Half Decade (2010 – 2014)

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We comprised a Munster Hurling XV of the half-decade last week, so now it is the turn of the Leinster championship. The introductions of Antrim and Galway to the province along with an improving Dublin have significantly improved the quality of the Leinster championship in recent years.  A few years ago, this would have been a full Kilkenny XV and …

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Munster Hurling XV of the Half Decade (2010 – 2014)

As we are halfway through the current decade, we felt it was time to pick a team comprised of the best Munster hurlers of the last five years.  In order to maintain the right balance, we took into account what each player’s respective county achieved in the Munster championship and the All-Ireland series during his playing period. So here it is; the Munster Hurling XV …

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Ten Reasons John Mullane Is An Unforgettable Hurler

We remembered Cork’s Diarmuid O’Sullivan recently and now it is the turn of another cult hero; Waterford’s John Mullane. Here are ten reasons he is an unforgettable hurler. ________________________________________________________________________ 1. He Was An Outstanding Hurler. The first thing that has to be mentioned about John Mullane is that he was an outstanding hurler. He was one of the greatest players of …

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Three Hurling Matches To Relish This Weekend

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Ashling Dalton gives her predictions ahead of three very tasty looking Hurling matches this weekend.   This weekend see the buisness end of the Allianz hurling league come into play as quarter finals and relegation play-offs have to be decided. So it’s fair to say a lot is at stake. 1. Kilkenny Vs Clare This may not be a quarter …

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