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Championship Countdown #3: Munster Hurling Championship

A lot of the provincial championships are now underway for 2015 and next up is possibly the most eagerly anticipated one of all, the Munster Hurling Championship. Five teams will all set out with aspirations of lifting the crown and it promises to be a cracking campaign. _____ Last year’s Munster campaign was full of surprises. Limerick shocked Tipperary by …

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The Best Goals From The 2015 Allianz Hurling League

With the Hurling Championship upon us the GAA have done their part, releasing a shortlist of the best goals from the League this year. We’ve got a job for you. Pick the best goal.  Cork’s Patrick Horgan, Tipp man John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, Dublin’s David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan, Waterford’s Shane Bennett and Shane O’Donnell of Clare all feature. In order to pick …

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GAA Championship Countdown #2: Connacht Football Championship

The Connacht Football Championship is the first competition to get underway every year with the annual trip to New York. Galway got their campaign off to a winning start on the east coast of America, and the trip out of Ireland will continue with London completing the contingent of non-Irish-based teams competing for Sam Maguire. Following on from part 1 of our …

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POLL: Is There Really A Drug Problem In The GAA?

The issue of doping in the GAA has dominated the headlines this week following the revelation that a Monaghan footballer ‘failed a drugs test’. We want to hear from you, the real fans of the GAA, all 151,000 of you that follow Pundit Arena GAA. Is there a problem, let us know? Don’t be afraid to comment with your opinion …

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Act Now Before Drug Use Becomes A Real Problem Within The GAA

Following last weekend’s revelations, John Ivory contends that the GAA must move quickly to stamp out drug use before it ruins our national game. Last Sunday saw the news break of a failed drugs test by a gaelic footballer from Monaghan. Since then the reaction has been varied, and many details are yet to emerge. Who is this player? What exactly …

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David vs Goliath – O’Neills vs Adidas

The fascinating tensions between O’Neills and Adidas have been simmering for years. Alex Kirwan documents this ‘Cold War’ of GAA jersey production. Messi, Mata, Neuer and Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper – what do they have in common in addition to being the very best in their particular sport? They all wear Adidas football boots while plying their trade. What sets …

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Remembering The Legend That Is Paul Flynn

Paul Flynn, along with many of his comrades for Waterford, will go down as one of the best players never to win an All-Ireland. That Déise side have been described as a team of great players, rather than a great team, and perhaps that is true. Having had a trial with Aston Villa as a goalkeeper, the Ballygunner man followed …

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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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GAA Championship Countdown #1: Ulster Football Championship

With the GAA Championship season just around the corner, Pundit Arena GAA will begin the countdown with a preview of each provincial championship in the run up to the summer. First up, we look at the championship that provides the first live game of the year; the Ulster Football Championship. _____ The Ulster Championship is one that divides the opinion of many. Many …

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Should Dublin Be Taken Out Of Croke Park?

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Pre-championship, year in, year out, this debate begins. Dublin footballers play almost every game at home in Croke Park. Is it an unfair advantage and should they be moved? Sean Cremin is here to give his take on it. ______ To get straight to the point, this writer believes that it is definitely time for Dublin footballers to be moved …

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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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