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UPDATED: Hurling Power Rankings

After critical games in both the Munster and Leinster senior championships, we have updated our power rankings for all teams vying for the coveted Liam McCarthy Cup. _____ 1. Tipperary (No Change) Last season’s All-Ireland runners-up are in pole position to avenge last year’s hurt and disappointment of losing to Kilkenny after a replay. Eamon O’Shea has built a strong …

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All-Ireland Football Championship: Here’s How We’d Fix The Problem

For some while, there has been talk of a complete overhaul in the way the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship has been run. However, after Dublin’s hammering of Longford almost two weeks ago, most have come to the conclusion that now is the time to break from tradition. On Sunday 31st May , at a sunny Croke Park, Dublin displayed class and professionalism …

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Why A Lack Of Leaders Could Leave Cork In Big Trouble

When Pat Horgan fired the ball to the Waterford net with four minutes of injury time to play, only two points separated the sides. The momentum and the crowd were now with Cork. What they didn’t have, was a leader. If we leave tactics aside for a moment, let us remember that Cork were in this game when it really …

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Can Wexford Really Trouble Kilkenny?

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Now that formalities are out of the way, Wexford will travel to Kilkenny on Sunday week to take on the All-Ireland Champions. Few outside of the Model County give them a chance of overcoming the Cats. Brian Barry considers the prospects of an upset. _____ Ok, there are no hurling matches this weekend, so we begin the long, lonely countdown …

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Hurling: Is The Pep Missing in Dublin’s Step?

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Since the backdoor was introduced, Dublin have never emerged through the qualifiers into the All-Ireland series. Brian Barry questions if the Dublin hurlers have lost their confidence, and if Ger Cunningham’s side can pick themselves back up for the qualifiers. _____ Dublin let up a winning position last weekend at Croke Park, which would have virtually guaranteed them an All-Ireland …

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The GAA Needs to Replace Nostalgia With Pragmatism

Jarlath O’Loughlin argues that the GAA needs to act fast in restructuring the All-Ireland Football Championship. _____ Not all nostalgia, mind. There will always be a place for the flags/headbands sellers around various county grounds. There will always be a place for ham sandwiches and flasks of tea from car boots up and down the island. And there will almost …

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VIDEO: The Inspirational Story Of Cork Hurler Dessie Fitzgerald

In a story of immense courage, this short documentary tells us the story of former Cork intermediate All-Ireland winner, Dessie Fitzgerald, who suffered a spinal cord injury while playing for his beloved club. The 8th of October 2011 was a day that changed Dessie’s life forever. While playing a championship game for his club Charleville against Kilbrin, Fitzgerald suffered a …

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The Bennett Brothers Story That Makes Waterford’s Weekend Win So Much Sweeter

Between hip injuries and studies, the Bennetts, Stephen and Shane came through Waterford’s battle against Cork with flying colours on Sunday. Waterford hurling is on a high after Sunday’s fantastic victory over Cork. Both Stephen and Shane Bennett had significant roles to play and both have different stories behind their appearances in Thurles yesterday. Along with their brother Kieran, Stephen and Shane made …

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Touching Tribute From The Fermanagh Hurlers

Fermanagh claimed Lory Meagher glory in Croke Park on Saturday but not without remembering a team mate and a friend, Shane Mulholland.  Shane Mullholland died tragically after a car crash in April. The Antrim man, who was based in Fermanagh hurled with his local club Lisbellaw and his adopted county team. The 27-year-old was a key part on the Fermanagh …

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Defeats for Cork and Dublin Illustrate a Lack of Tactical Awareness

The tactical systems employed by both Galway and Waterford easily overcame the naive approach taken by both Dublin and Cork, writes Alan Drumm.  Hurling is a different beast to football. The margin between the elite sides competing for the Liam McCarthy is negligible, and a case can be made for any of seven or eight counties striving to win this year’s championship. Each fixture between the …

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In-Depth Analysis: Déise’s Tactical System Leaves Cork With Plenty To Ponder

Seán Ó Murchú takes a look at Derek McGrath’s tactical system and ponders whether or not Cork can revive their summer after yesterday’s Munster Championship semi-final loss at Semple Stadium. Waterford continued their rich vein of form from the league with a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-21 victory at the hands of Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork side. After a slow start, Maurice Shanahan’s goal ignited …

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Collegiate Hurling Thriving In The US

The National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association, NCGAA, was established in 2009, to act as a governing body for the growing number of varsity sides springing up around the United States. Year by year, the NCGAA Championships on the last weekend of May have grown, in participation, standard, and interest. The NCGAA prides itself on helping develop gaelic games in all …

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Gaelic Football Power Rankings: The Race For Sam

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Although it’s still early days we at Pundit Arena have ranked every team challenging for the coveted Sam Maguire Cup in September. As we’ve done in the hurling already, we’ve positioned each team in order of quality. This is based, mainly, on league and championship (if any) form in 2015 and is sure to change as the championship progresses. 1. Dublin Undisputed …

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TBT: Galway’s First Year In Leinster

This week’s Pundit Arena GAA ‘Throwback Thursday’ looks back to one of the bigger moves in recent GAA history. Galway and Antrim joined the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship back in 2009 in a move that certainly excited hurling followers. Galway opened their first Leinster campaign with a comprehensive win over Laois. This led to a semi-final meeting with Kilkenny in …

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Guess What RTÉ’s New GAA Radio Show Is Called?

RTÉ have today announced that there will be a new, weekly GAA show each Sunday from 6-7p.m. on RTÉ Radio 1. And guess what it’s called? ‘The Marty Squad’…Joe Brolly will be delighted. As you can guess, it is to be presented by RTÉ’s popular GAA man Marty Morrisey. The show will feature a host of regular guests, including former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane …

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