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The Five Main Contenders For Hurler Of The Year

We have reached the semi-final stage in this year’s All-Ireland championship and we here at Pundit Arena HQ, have decided to list the five main contenders for Hurler Of The Year. Yesterday saw the football candidates listed and now it’s time for the hurlers. The semi-finals and finals are where the men stand out from the boys, so all is …

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Top Inter-County Referee Given One-Month Ban

The referee for this weekends All Ireland Semi Final has been given a one month ban The man who is set to officiate this weekend’s All Ireland Semi Final between Kilkenny and Waterford, Brian Gavin, has been handed a 30 day ban. The Midland Tribune has reported that Gavin made comments directed at a referee during a match between his own club Clara and …

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Is A Squad Number Policy The Way Forward In The GAA?

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Derek McGrath’s Waterford side have been operating a squad number policy for this summer’s championship and it has raised the question, is it the way forward for the GAA? Some might say yes and some might say no. We take a look at both the positives and negatives associated with the modern-age policy. One of the main positives about a squad …

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The Top Five Kilkenny V Waterford Encounters

This Sunday Kilkenny and Waterford will once more join battle in the All Ireland Semi Final The rivalry between Kilkenny and Waterford is a peculiar one. Although the counties share a border, they exist in different provinces. Therefore fate must intervene in order to allow the Desie and the Cats clash in the Championship. Although both counties had to wait until 1957 …

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Mickey Harte Is Building Tyrone 2.0

It’s August in Croke Park, and once again Mickey Harte is back with a Tyrone team ready for a Quarter-Final tilt after a successful Qualifier run. The success of Tyrone though the back door (29 games played in the Qualifiers, 24 victories) is one of the true dependables of the last fifteen years. This team is different to its predecessors. …

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Fearlessness Crucial As Waterford Line Up Cats Assault

A sense of fearlessness comes with Waterford’s underage success and that may just prove crucial when they face the might of Kilkenny on Sunday. Inspired by the awesome duo of Richie Hogan and TJ Reid, Kilkenny have reached an All-Ireland semi-final, via winning the Leinster title for a 70th time. Standing in their way, are an in-experienced Waterford side who …

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The Five Main Candidates For Footballer Of The Year

The race for Sam is hotting up and so is the race for the ‘Footballer Of The Year’ award. Here at Pundit Arena we have chosen our five main candidates for the coveted award. In no particular order, here they are. _____ 1. Conor McManus (Monaghan) The Monaghan captain was in inspired form as he lead his side to Ulster glory …

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Aidan O’Shea To Start at Centre Forward Against Donegal

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have named Aidan O’Shea at centre for Mayo’s clash with Donegal Mayo have retained the same starting fifteen that started the Connacht Final, for their Quarter Final clash with Mayo. This of course means that Aidan O’Shea will once more be starting at centre forward, where he scored 3-04 in the Connacht final against Sligo. …

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The Five Levels of GAA Shemozzles

The word “shemozzle” has a very precise meaning for GAA fans throughout Ireland. A shemozzle is a fight which breaks out during a football or hurling match, usually after an innocuous enough tackle. There are different levels to the “shemozzle,” all of which Conor O’Mahony is here to discuss.   Level 5: A Thing of Nothing “Leave Him Go Patrick” …

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VIDEO: Michael Murphy’s Magic Against Galway

Donegal captain, Michael Murphy displayed skill and leadership when it was needed with two pieces of magic on Saturday. The Glenswilly man was a huge doubt in the lead up to Saturday’s qualifier against Galway. However, he showed no signs of a rumoured knee injury as he inspired his side to victory. Positioned at midfield for the majority of the …

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Something Is Wrong: Why Is Fermanagh’s Positivity & Pride Being Criticised?

Fermanagh have been unfairly criticised for their so-called post-match ”enjoyment” in the wake of last Sunday’s defeat to Dublin. In fact, throughout the game and after, the Ernesiders displayed huge positives that are associated with the GAA but have been missing of late. Their attitude was a breath of fresh air. In the last twenty minutes of Fermanagh’s clash with the Dubs, …

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Second-Tier Competitions Just A Token Gesture Without Proper Implementation

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Kerry and Kildare faced off in an All-Ireland quarter-final at the weekend, with the men from the Kingdom emerging victorious by a comfortable margin. The next day the Kerry senior footballers thoroughly  demolished the Lilywhites in Croke Park in a game that, for some, has highlighted the need for a second tier inter-county football championship. Confused? Well, while it may …

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Was Jim McGuinness Right to Criticise Fermanagh Supporters?

Fermanagh’s Tomás Corrigan has attacked comments made by Jim McGuinness In his Irish Times column yesterday, former Donegal manager, Jim McGuinness, wrote that he found the weekends football action to be ‘eerie and genuinely disturbing’. He admitted that the manner in which Kildare and Fermanagh were beaten led him to feeling ‘apprehensive at times in Croke Park on Sunday’, adding that, ‘he started to cringe inside’. …

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Relax On Dublin, They’re Doing Fine

The hysteria surrounding Dublin’s performances this year is reaching ridiculous levels. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. In today’s media, there’s no way for Dublin to win. This is insane. Dublin are victims of their own prominence in this regard. Dublin started the year with Blitzkrieg victories over Longford and Kildare. General response: Dublin look good, …

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“Totally Wrong Refereeing Decision Cost Us Semi-Final Place”

It could have been Cork putting 7 goals past Kildare yesterday in Croke Park, if the Cork County board are to be believed.  The claim was made yesterday evening in a press statement which reads like something a Fr Ted script writer would produce. The County Board have placed the blame for the team’s exit from this year’s Championship at the …

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