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GAA: The Underrated XV

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Replay, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 8/5/2016 Clare vs Waterford Waterford’s Jamie Barron with Clare’s Podge Collins Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Another Tuesday, another team. This week we have decided to look at those underrated players. We listed five in hurling and football over the last few weeks, Now we have decided to create a team. It was hard to find 15 in either one code, so we have combined the two. Here it goes; 1. Stephen O’Keeffe – Waterford The …

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Tribute Tuesday – Tipperary’s Lar Corbett

He was a well known name that only left the intercounty scene at the end of the 2015 season. He gave 15 seasons of great service to Tipperary. So ahead of this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final, we pay tribute to one Tipperary’s finest ever forwards, Lar Corbett.  Corbett had a love-hate relationship with hurling followers, both from inside and outside of Tipperary. …

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Waterford 2008 v 2016: Comparing Two Great Déise Teams

Waterford’s performance last Sunday reminded many of the Déise’s team that reached the 2008 All-Ireland final. We have decided to compare two great Waterford sides. Waterford’s young crop of players came of age last Sunday against Kilkenny. Although, they haven’t managed to qualify for the All-Ireland final just yet, they showed remarkable talent in their draw with Kilkenny. The Déise’s …

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GAA: Are Key Players Being Targeted?

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/8/2016 Dublin vs Donegal Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly is sent off by Referee Ciaran Branagan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The red cards acquired by Diarmuid Connolly and Sean Cavanagh last weekend added more fuel to this GAA fire. The cricket term ‘sledging’, along with more vocal and physical provocation is being highlighted more and more in GAA, so we have decided to discuss the issue further.  The first basic thing to raise is the issue of key players being targeted by …

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Is Thurles The Correct Venue For The All-Ireland Semi-Final Replay?

On Sunday, the GAA confirmed that Semple Stadium in Thurles would host next Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Waterford and Kilkenny. Is this the right venue for the eagerly awaited clash? Due to Conor Fogarty’s late equalising point, Kilkenny and Waterford are forced to do it all over again this weekend. In the immediate aftermath of last Sunday’s epic …

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How Big Is Kilkenny’s Scope For Improvement?

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 7/8/2016 Kilkenny vs Waterford Kilkenny stand for the national anthem Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The general consensus after yesterday’s game is the Kilkenny got out of jail. A late goal and an equalising point gained a draw for the Cats. It was seen as a missed opportunity for Waterford, and now both teams have to go at it again. ‘You only get one chance to beat Kilkenny’, This is the much repeated and very …

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Hurling: Ranking The Top Five Performers Of The Weekend

After a fascinating All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford which ended level at Croke Park yesterday, we take a look at the five players who stood out most. 5. Conor Fogarty Fogarty has become one of Kilkenny’s most crucial players over the past few years and he once again displayed his importance to Brian Cody’s men. He was busy …

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GAA; Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – 8th Of August

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 7/8/2016 Kilkenny vs Waterford Waterford's Pauric Mahony Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The business end of the GAA season really kicked into full swing this weekend. It was by far the best weekend of action in 2016. The football was tense but quite high in quality on Saturday, while the hurling served up a cracker on Sunday. Here is some of the weekly Monday fallout. Who’s Hot Hurling Finally, a good game …

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Gaelic Football Power Rankings #7

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/8/2016 Dublin vs Donegal Dublin Manager Jim Gavin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The final four of the football championship has been decided. It was a tense day in Croke Park on Saturday. Mayo upset the odds and beat Tyrone, Dublin marched on with a hard fought win over Donegal. Here are the updated Pundit Arena Gaelic Football Power Rankings. Dublin – no change They had to dig deep but they were the …

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Twitter Reacts To A Phenomenal Performance From Austin Gleeson

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 7/8/2016 Kilkenny vs Waterford Kilkenny's Kieran Joyce and Austin Gleeson of Waterford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

He may be erratic, but Austin Gleeson really came of age today. He was exceptional in Croke Park against Kilkenny and outshone all the greats such as TJ Reid and Richie Hogan. Here is what people had to say on social media about the performance of the Deise’s number six. Austin Gleeson making kids (and some adults) all over the …

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Twitter Reacts as Kilkenny And Waterford Must Go Again

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 7/8/2016 Kilkenny vs Waterford Waterford's Kevin Moran under pressure from Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh and goalkeeper Eoin Murphy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Finally, a cracking game of hurling. Waterford and Kilkenny must do it all again. Walter Walsh’s goal leveled it for Kilkenny with Pauric Mahony and Conor Fogarty adding further points in added time. Here is how Twitter reacted. Such a brilliant spectacle for all those competing in #GAAWorldGames to get to watch in the flesh at Croke Park – best …

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Hurling: Three Talking Points Before Kilkenny v Waterford

Waterford face Kilkenny in today’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final showdown at Croke Park. Here, we look at the three main talking points before today’s clash. Will Kilkenny target Waterford’s defence with high ball? Tipperary’s Munster final victory over Waterford was a hammering and it was all down to Michael Ryan’s tactics on the day. The Tipperary defence launched high ball after …

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Gaelic Football: Ranking The Top Five Performers Of The Weekend

Yesterday’s All-Ireland football quarter-final action saw Mayo and Dublin prevail to reach the last four. We take a look at the five players that impressed the most. Below, are the five players who impressed the most on what was a hugely entertaining day at Croke Park yesterday, 5. Mattie Donnelly Donnelly bounced back from his black card disappointment in the Ulster …

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