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Why Hurling Needs A Separate Refereeing Committee

Since the hurling 20/20 report has been published, there has been quite a bit of debate concerning the whole area of refereeing. In particular, the current setup of a joint committee of football and hurling under the leadership of Pat McEnaney. The report made a proposal that there should be a separate referees committee for hurling, which would be a …

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Five Returning Players To Watch Ahead of The National Football League

Our preview of the National Football League continues with a look at five players that could make a difference as GAA returns to the TV screens. Most of these players are returning to their sides for different reasons after a period away. *Younger players often fail to see significant league action as they tend to be involved with under-21 or third-level sides and …

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TBT: THAT Seamus Quinn Point For Leitrim In 2000

As inter­-county teams gear up for the first round of the National Football league this weekend, we look back on one of the finer moments from the Connacht Senior Football Championship. This week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ looks at the winning point from Leitrim All ­Star Seamus Quinn in the Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter-­final between Leitrim and Roscommon in 2000. In the same year, Quinn …

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Five Teams To Watch In The 2015 National Football League

The GAA preseason takes a big leap forward this weekend with the football league ready to commence. It is not the be-all and end-all for counties but can often be the starting point of momentum for the season ahead. Media coverage, television and column inches will begin to be centred around GAA as new players and management begin to show …

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Women’s GPA: A positive move forward for Women in GAA

The newly formed Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association is a fantastic idea. But the GAA’s fledgling organisation will have it’s work cut out, right from the get-go.    The Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association was officially opened last week and has been received well by it’s male counterpart and the wider GAA community. It was only a matter of time before an …

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The Evolution Of Gaelic Football

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Gaelic football has evolved rapidly within the last decade. The physicality, the professionalism and most notably the tactical aspect has been totally revolutionised. The modern style has come under much scrutiny but is it just a result of the times we live in?   In the aftermath of last year’s All-Ireland Final, it was labelled ”the worst final in years.” It was …

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GAA’s Biggest Underachievers: Armagh

In the first of a series of articles examining the major underachievers of the GAA world, Killian Healy takes a look back at the Armagh teams between 2000-2008.   Armagh achievements from 2000-2008 – Won All-Ireland at U21 level in 2004 – Won the NFL in 2005 – Won 2 Ulster U21 Championships, 2004 & 2007 – Won 6 Ulster titles …

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GAA: Is The O’Byrne Cup A Glorified Distraction?

With the month of January almost up, many inter-county football teams have already tasted cup competition. The final of the O’Byrne cup takes place this Sunday between Kildare and Dublin in Newbridge at 2.00 pm. With these competitions starting so early in the year, inter-county players are forced out in the harsh December and January cold. Considering the All-Ireland final was …

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Penalties: Hurling’s Troubled Child

There has been much debate since the dawn of the 2015 hurling year surrounding the new penalty laws. The GAA adopting a reactive approach rather than a proactive one has not helped the issue, but the prospect of a fair resolution is getting closer. Last year’s rushed amendment to keep three defenders, yet prohibit the taker from crossing the 21 yard line, was …

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The Barren XV – A Team Of The Best Hurlers With No All Irelands (Part 2)

Many a great hurler has finished their career without a Celtic Cross so here at Pundit Arena HQ, we’re attempting to give them some recognition for their efforts. Sean Cremin discusses our selection. Here’s Part 2 of The Barren XV. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1 OF THE BARREN XV   Midfielders 8. Ken McGrath – Waterford Ken McGrath was a great player in many positions and could …

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The Barren XV – A Team Of The Best Hurlers With No All Irelands (Part 1)

Many a great hurler has finished their career without a Celtic Cross so here at Pundit Arena HQ, we’re attempting to give them some recognition for their efforts. Sean Cremin discusses our selection. Criteria For Selection: As there was an abundance of great players throughout the years that have failed to climb the famous steps of Croker, we have only selected players from 2000 onwards. ____________________________________________________________________________ …

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3 Reasons Why Discipline In Hurling Cannot Be Overlooked

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The release of the hurling 20/20 report has put the spotlight on the issue of discipline in hurling. The problem has stirred the pot and has divided those who want tougher rules and those who feel hurling should be left alone. It is fair to say that the review has shed some light on issues concerning the game’s welfare and these …

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Anthony Nash Named Cork Captain For 2015

Anthony Nash has been named Cork Senior Hurling captain for the upcomimg season. The Kanturk man has replaced Patrick Cronin who decided to step down from the role to focus on his own playing career. The announcemnt was made by Jimmy Barry-Murphy before the third annual Canon O’Brien Cup in which Cork defeated UCC on a scoreline of 1-26 to …

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Top 10 Hurling Moments Of 2014

More time for reflection on 2014. To follow on from our ‘Top 10 Gaelic football moments of 2014’, here we look at what we classify as the Top 10 hurling moments of the year. It was a good year of hurling with plenty of highlights. These were our favourites.   10. Clare win their third consecutive under-21 title It was a …

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Leave Hurling Alone!

The recent publication of the Hurling 2020 report has sparked a lot of talk amongst hurling followers. Brian Barry gave his assessment on Pundit Arena earlier this week, now Sean Cremin is here to have his say. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The first question to ask here is; what is currently wrong with hurling on the field of play? The answer is very …

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Top 10 Gaelic Football Moments Of 2014

As we enter into 2015, Sean Cremin looks back at the top 10 football moments of the year. Outside of the All-Ireland semi-finals there was not a whole lot to write home about in the football championship. But, here are Pundit Arena’s Top 10 Football Moments. ___________________________________________________________________________ 10. Tom Flynn goal The Galway midfielder scored one of the goals of the championship …

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Kilkenny Are By No Means Finished

Despite several retirements during the off-season, Brian Barry argues that Kilkenny are by no means finished in their quest for more glory in 2015.  Kilkenny captured the All-Ireland Hurling Championship for the 35th time last September, with Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin both securing their tenth titles. On the back of much criticism in 2013, there was a sense that the 2014 triumph …

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Hurling 2020 Report Postive But Not Without Flaws

  Following the establishment of a committee headed by Liam Sheedy, and a survey completed by 4,000 people last summer, the GAA today published a report outlining 15 proposals to improve the game of hurling. Here is our reaction to the main talking points of the report.    The Good   Number of Defenders for Penalties and 20m Frees “The Hurling 2020 …

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