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Clare Have Proved They Are More Than Just A Hurling County

Saturday, July 23rd is a date that the Clare senior footballers will not forget for a long time to come. They have just overcome a strong Roscommon outfit in the second round of the qualifiers and placed themselves within the last eight of the All-Ireland Championship. The pride the Clare footballers in particular have been showing in recent games is …

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Team News: The Four SHC Quarter Final Teams Are Named

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 9/7/2016 Cork vs Wexford Wexford manager Liam Dunne celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

All attention turns to Thurles where Semple Stadium hosts a double header of All-Ireland senior hurling quarter finals.  Wexford play Waterford, and Galway take on Clare in the senior hurling quarter-finals with Tipperary and Kilkenny awaiting the winners.  The four managers have announced their starting line-up’s for today’s games.. Wexford v Waterford Wexford: Mark Fanning Eoin Moore Matthew O’Hanlon James Breen Diarmuid …

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Wexford Are Not Dunne With 2016 Just Yet

It is nine weeks since the Wexford hurlers were defeated by Dublin in Croke Park and knocked out of the Leinster Championship, but the Yellow Bellies now find themselves ready for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Leaving GAA HQ on that horribly wet evening, not many Wexford supporters were in high spirits at the prospect of the qualifiers. The small attendance in Innovate …

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Why Sunday’s Hurling Quarter-Final Is Galway’s To Lose

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly and Davey Glennon of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Galway get their first shot at redemption after losing the Leinster Hurling Final to Kilkenny. Clare is a relatively tough draw and here we discuss how we think they will perform on Sunday. Galway’s game with Kilkenny was a classic clichéd game of two halves. They dominated the first 35 minutes and made Kilkenny look as average as they have …

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Power Rankings: The Five Hurling Best Goalkeepers Since 2000

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Since 2000, there have been many great hurling goalkeepers who minded the nets of their beloved county. Here at Pundit Arena HQ, we have shortlisted what we believe to be the top five goalkeepers since 2000. 5.PJ Ryan (Kilkenny) PJ Ryan makes the list ahead of former-team mate James McGarry, Ryan wasn’t around for long but when he was present between …

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Five Reasons To Look Forward To Sunday’s Hurling Quarter-Finals

The hurling championship is still crying out for a good game. With only five remaining games in this summer’s championship, we here at Pundit Arena HQ give you five reasons to look forward to this weekend’s action. 1.Managers Under Pressure Out of the four manager that will be present on the sideline this Sunday, three of them are under pressure. …

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Three Things Waterford Must Do On Sunday

This is a huge game for Waterford. The Munster final was a massive setback for them. They went from being genuine All-Ireland contenders to being in the exact same position as last year. If anything, they have a bigger hole to dig themselves out of this Sunday. Here we identify three things that the Déise must do on Sunday. Regardless …

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Top 10 Hurling Quarter-Finals

All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifer-Final, 29/7/2007 Cork vs Waterford General view of action during the game Mandatory Credit©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ahead of this week’s hurling quarter-finals we have decided to rank the Top 10 hurling quarter-finals since their introduction back in 1997. This week’s Thursday Top 10 was difficult to pick, but here is our effort. Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18 – 2011 This was Dublin’s real first big championship win. Having won the National League they were brought back down …

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Settled: We’ve Named The Best Hurley Makers In Ireland

Down through the years there has been plenty of discussion and debate about which hurley manufacturer is the best around. Although the majority of opinion is based entirely on the person’s own specific taste, we have created a list of what we believe are the best hurleys in Ireland. No doubt this debate will continue for some time yet… 6. Cultec Hurleys Almost everyone has had a ‘go’ …

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Wexford: A Sleeping Giant Awoken Or Another False Dawn?

Wexford were full value over Cork in Semple Stadium two weeks ago. As they were dancing at the crossroads in the south-east, there was a sense that the Yellowbellies are back in the big-time. However, bigger challenges lie ahead, with a wounded Waterford side lying in wait. While 2014 was somewhat an anti-climax on the hurling landscape following the drugs, sex …

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Four In-Form Players To Watch During Sunday’s Hurling Quarter-Finals

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Walsh Park, Waterford 13/7/2016 Waterford vs Clare Waterford manager Sean Power congratulates Shane Bennett as he is replaced late in the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

If you want to be anywhere this Sunday afternoon, it has to be Thurles. Semple Stadium will host two All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals for 2016, with Wexford v Waterford and Galway v Clare the games on show. Whether you’re going to Thurles or watching the games on TV, this article will pin-point some key players to watch. _____ Shane Bennett Waterford’s Shane …

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Clare Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald Admitted To Hospital

Clare vs Cork Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©

Clare could be without their manager for this weekend’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter final as Davy Fitzgerlad has been admitted to hospital. Little is known about the nature of the his admission at this time, other than the fact that it is for a “health concern,” as per multiple reports this afternoon. Having checked into a clinic in Galway last night, Fitzgerald …

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Opinion: The U21 Hurling Championship Needs To Be Restructured

There’s no doubt that the Bord Gais Energy Under 21 Championship is unique. The football and hurling championships have structures in place solely to benefit each provincial winner. It’s a knock-out type championship too, which makes it all the more entertaining and nail-biting for both sets of fans. However, even though this championship structure works for Gaelic football, sadly the same cannot be said for …

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Hard To See Beyond The Winners Of Munster For The All-Ireland U21 Crown

We are well and truly underway in the Bord Gais Energy U21 hurling championship at this stage. It’s been an exciting championship already, one that has caused some major upsets and provided plenty of quality games along the way.  In Leinster, we have seen Westmeath do the unthinkable by attaining a result against Kilkenny. Undoubtedly, this was one of the biggest …

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