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Why Are Tipperary Being Written Off Before The U21 Munster Hurling Final?

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thrules, Tipperary 14/7/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary Celebrate after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Tomorrow, Walsh Park will play host to the u21 Munster Hurling Championship final, between Tipperary and Waterford. The majority of bookmakers around Ireland have Waterford as strong 1/3 odds-on favourites, while Tipperary enter the game at over 3/1. It’s hard to know how the bookies can be so positive about this game inevitably falling into Waterford’s hands. Even though the …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 11

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And then there were four… Just Galway, Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny remain in the hunt for the Liam McCarthy Cup. The Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings have been tracking the pecking order all year, and now things are getting serious. _____ 1. Tipperary (no change) Are they favourites in our eyes? Not a chance. Are they the form team in the country? …

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Tribute Tuesday – Eoin Kelly

GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final 5/9/2010 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipp captain Eoin Kelly lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

In a week where we began to question the longevity of the corner-forward, this week’s Tribute Tuesday is dedicated to the best inside forward since the year 2000, Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly. Firstly, we are ready for barrage of abuse and smart comments from Kilkenny folk as we give credit to a man from Tipperary, but Eoin Kelly was just a …

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Hurling; The Best VX Knocked Out Of Championship

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 20/3/2016 Kilkenny vs Dublin Liam Rushe of Dublin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The semi-finalists have been decided in the hurling championship. For an alternative look at those knocked out of the championship, this week’s Tuesday Team Selection puts together the best fifteen not remaining in the hurling champiosnhip and let people wonder how they would fair against the rest. Anthony Nash – Cork Nash is a two time all-star but his performances …

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Galway Hurlers Answer Their Critics

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 24/7/2016 Clare vs Galway Galway's Jason Flynn scores a point Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Galway were labelled ‘gutless’ after their Leinster Final defeat. It was the wrong word to use, but they deserved criticism after that game and responded very well against Clare. They are a heavily criticised bunch, but recent records and continuous flattering to deceive does line Galway up for abuse. Today we live in a cut-throat society and people need to …

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The Next Hurley Debate: Banded Or Unbanded?

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 21/6/2015 Limerick vs Tipperary Limerick's Seamus Hickey blocks the goal bound shot from Tipperary's Seamus Callanan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Following on from a recent article about the best hurley makers in Ireland, it is time to generate another interesting discussion for GAA fanatics.  It’s obvious that some hurlers prefer their hurleys with bands on them while others prefer them without the band. Hurley makers across the land have their own taste too, and it differs from county to county. Albeit if a hurl …

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Clare: Underachievers Or Are They Just Not Very Good?

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 24/7/2016 Clare vs Galway Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

2013 has never seemed so long ago… As Davy Fitzgerald and Clare trudged off the Semple Stadium turf yesterday evening, there was a sense around Thurles that they will be back. Surely it is only a matter of time that they return to the heights of three years ago? Just yards away, Joe Canning revelled in a deserved victory, as Galway march …

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Clare: Another Poor Hurling Championship Showing

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Clare threatened to embark on a period of dominance and kick off another hurling revolution winning the All-Ireland title in 2013 along with three Under-21 titles in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014. But the reality is they have nothing since that success back in 2013. 2016 saw Clare vacate a third championship in a row without getting to …

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Waterford – A Comfortable Win But Nothing Has Changed

Waterford marched on to the All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final with a comfortable victory over Wexford in the quarter-final. Some saw it as a good way for the Deise to get over their Munster final horror show, but this writer is not convinced. Before we start, this is not a piece aimed at criticising Waterford, nor is it jumping on any bandwagon. …

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Players Satisfied as GAA And GPA Announce Partnership Worth €6.2m Annually

The GAA and Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have announced a new framework agreement which will cover their relationship between 2017 and 2019. The details were confirmed at an event at Croke Park on Monday. In an unprecedented move, the GPA will receive a cut of commercial revenue and this will be part of an €6.2 million annual contribution to the players’ organisation from …

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Hurling; Top Five Performers From The Weekend

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It was another poor weekend of hurling. Galway and Clare did play out a somewhat tense affair, but it was only good in comparison to the rest of the last two championships, it was a poor game in general. We still want to note some of the good performers, so here are the Top 5. Adrian Tuohy – Galway He …

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Hurling: The Death Of The Corner Forward

GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Final 7/9/2008 Kilkenny Eddie Brennan celebrates scoring his second goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

‘Systems’ is the word that many feel is killing hurling as a spectacle at the moment. What is often classed as the greatest game in the world has been down right awful for the bones of two years now. One thing that is becoming less and less important is the role of the corner-forward.  Watching the games yesterday really pointed …

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Classy Canning Delivers Magnificent Post-Match Interview

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Joe Canning lead by example as he shot 1-8 to send Galway through to the All-Ireland semi-final after defeating Clare today but his post-match interview was arguably more impressive than his on-field exploits. After inspiring Galway to get the better of Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare side, Canning wished his opposing manager the very best with his recovery from a health scare. Remarkably, …

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Relentless Work-Rate The Key For Composed Galway

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Galway are through to the All-Ireland semi-final for the second year in a row after defeating Clare on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-17 at Semple Stadium, Thurles today. A relentless work rate and composed heads were critical to the Tribesmen’s success over Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare side. Having played with the wind in the first half, Galway were boosted significantly when …

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Twitter Reacts To Galway’s Win Over Clare

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 24/7/2016 Clare vs Galway Clare's Brendan Bugler with Joe Canning of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Galway are back in an All-Ireland semi-final where they will face Tipperary. They bounced back after their Leinster final capitulation and beat their neighbours Clare with six points to spare. Here is what social media had to say. Some response by @Galway_GAA hurlers today. They have more to give this championship. The good old days of Tipp & Galway come …

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Twitter Reacts To Waterford’s Victory Over Wexford

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 24/7/2016 Waterford vs Wexford Waterford’s Michael Walsh with Simon Donoghue of Wexford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

People talked up Wexford’s chances, but they were a long way short of Waterford today. The Déise were by no means impressive despite having ten points to spare at the final whistle. Here is what the public made of the game online. If this was a football match, pundits would say the sport is in a huge crisis. Not sure …

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Tony Kelly v Joe Canning: The Deciding Battle?

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 5/6/2016 Clare vs Waterford Clare’s Patrick Kelly looks on as Waterford's Maurice Shanahan's shot goes into the goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Galway and Clare face off later this afternoon in what will be an intriguing contest. In what is expected to be a very close encounter, will the deciding battle be the battle between top marksmen Tony Kelly and Joe Canning? A sunny day in Thurles is expected and a decent crowd are set to pay their way through the gates …

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