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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 7

After a cracking day of hurling action in the race for the Liam McCarthy Cup, we sit down here in Pundit Arena HQ to figure out what this all means in the grand pecking order. Who rises and who drops? It’s all here in the latest edition of the Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings. _____ 1. Waterford (+1) Job done for the …

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Twitter Reacts As Waterford Show Too Much Class For Clare

Waterford Austin Gleeson

Waterford defeated Clare on a scoreline of 1-21 to 0-17 to book a place in final of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, and they gained revenge for their defeat in the League final. The Twitter community was impressed with the Déise as they stated their All-Ireland credentials. Clare dying an unimpressive death here. Have Waterford ever enjoyed such a sustained era …

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Twitter Fawns Over Impressive Monaghan Display As Down Destroyed

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Clones, Monaghan 5/6/2016 Monaghan vs Down Kieran Hughes of Monaghan with Joe Murphy of Down Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton

Monaghan blew Down away this afternoon in the Ulster Senior Football Championship. Conor McManus was tormentor in chief as an impressive Monaghan side embarked on their title defence. The reigning Ulster champions operated on a different level to their opponents in Clones, and sent out a message to the rest of the country with a 2-22 to 0-09 win. Twitter reacted to …

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Is The Low Level Of The Leinster Championship Damaging Dublin?

Dublin Laois Leinster football

Dublin defeated Laois last night in the quarter-final of the Leinster Senior Football Championship. While Laois rallied in the second half, in truth it was a facile win for the Dubs who killed the game off early, and never moved out of second gear. However, does such a facile victory do Dublin any favours? While Jim Gavin’s men blow away the …

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Opinion: Deise Have What’s Required To Lower The Banner

Clare picked up the Liam McCarthy Cup after two tense thrillers with Cork in 2013 but time waits for no man and that title is now part of the distant past. It was perhaps an unexpected run that year but credit where credit is due, Clare outclassed all that came before them. Davy Fitz said during the week that he regretted …

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Choosing Nowlan Park To Host Laois-Dublin Was Simply A Token Gesture

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final 7/6/2014 Kilkenny vs Offaly The TV crew at Nowlan Park today Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Well, would you look at that? It turns out that provincial venues ARE big enough to accommodate Dublin supporters. After all the controversy regarding where this weekend’s clash between Laois and Dublin should take place, it turns out that there need not have been much worry at all as news filtered through that Leinster GAA do not expect Nowlan Park to …

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Waterford Make Two Changes To Team From League Final For Clare Tie

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 1/5/2016 Clare vs Waterford Waterford's Maurice Shanahan celebrates scoring the equalising point with the last puck of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Waterford are facing Clare tomorrow in the semi-final of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, and the stakes are high. The Déise were defeated in the League final between the two sides, after 160 minutes of action. However, Derek McGrath knows that his side were not far off the Banner last month, and they will not need a huge amount more. …

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Clare Star John Conlon Set For Surprise Return Against Waterford

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B 14/2/2016 Clare vs Offaly Clare's John Conlon Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has been handed a major boost with the news that star forward John Conlon is set to feature in the Banner’s Munster semi-final against Waterford on Sunday. Conlon has been out of action for a number of weeks, missing the League final, and has not featured since Clare blew Kilkenny away in the semi-final. Conlon scored …

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We’re Only Seeing The Very Tip Of Ireland’s Gambling Iceberg

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 20: The Sun falls behind the stand during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Croke Park on March 20, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It seems that every week now a new GAA player is coming out with a story of his problem gambling. Oisín McConville set the ball rolling and the stories have been coming thick and fast since. A disease that is virtually undetectable until it is too late, the gambling bug is rife in Ireland in general. Watch any sports event on TV and …

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Nowlan Park Is Ideal Venue To Host Dublin This Weekend

There is a famous story that does the rounds in Kilkenny about the time that the Dublin footballers of the 70s came to play a match in Nowlan Park. They were reigning All-Ireland Champions, superstars of the game. As far as is known to this writer, the game was a league match but, none the less, the Kings of football …

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The 16th Man GAA Podcast: Should Dublin Be Playing In Nowlan Park?

Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final 7/6/2014 Kilkenny vs Offaly The TV crew at Nowlan Park today Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

  In the third installment of Pundit Arena’s GAA podcast, The 16th Man, Brian Barry, Seán Cremin and Joel Slattery look ahead to a bumper weekend of action. Among the talking points, it is debated whether Dublin vs Laois should really be played at Nowlan Park tomorrow evening. Why should it not be held in Portlaoise? Or indeed Croke Park? …

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Limerick Footballers Urged Not To Jump Ship And Go On A J1 This Summer

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 29/5/2016 Limerick vs Clare Limerick's Danny Neville and Peter Nash tackle Keelan Sexton of Clare

Limerick were beaten by Clare in the first round of the Munster Senior Football Championship last weekend, and now they must face the qualifier route. Despite being the primary challenger to the Cork-Kerry duopoly in the province a few years ago, the Treaty now find themselves well down the pecking order. Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Sunday’s stand-in captain Ian …

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Opinion: Paddy Andrews’ Injury Won’t Affect Dublin

For any other team in the country, the news that a player of Paddy Andrews’ caliber is to be ruled out of their upcoming Championship opener this Saturday would be worrying. Not for Dublin. The All-Ireland champions don’t have that crippling lack of depth, that dependence on a mere one star man or the insecurities that come with both of …

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Harte’s Resurgent Tyrone Can Break Dublin’s Grip On The Sam Maguire

Having coming within touching distance of an All-Ireland Final in 2015 and after such a clinical and merciless victory over Derry last week, it baffles me how Tyrone aren’t being considered huge contenders for Sam Maguire this year. Derry put up a spirited fight in Celtic Park but their obvious lack of organisation, technical ability and quite obvious fear of Tyrone …

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Throwback Thursday: Clare Surprise Waterford In Limerick

Ahead of this Sunday’s clash between Clare and Waterford in Thurles, this week’s Throwback Thursday looks at the last year Clare won a game in Munster and to a story that has gone full circle since then. The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick was the setting on a fine summer’s afternoon. 2007 had arguably been the year when Waterford looked most …

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