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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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Hurling Power Rankings: The Race For Liam

The hurling championship is in full swing. The matches are coming thick and fast. Although, it’s early days, we here at Pundit Arena have ranked all the teams vying for the coveted Liam McCarthy Cup. 1. Tipperary 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 …

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Plenty To Look Forward To In Dublin vs Galway Replay

Yes, Dublin versus Galway should have been played second in yesterday’s double-bill at Croke Park. Yes, both sides were reluctant to play an open game. And yes, the atmosphere was a bit dead at HQ. Ok, it has been said, so can we put the negativity to one side now please? A decade ago, the Leinster Championship had lost all …

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VIDEO: The Majesty Of Croke Park As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Those accustomed to making their way down Jones’s Road will know the spine-tingling effect Croke Park can have on us all on championship day but this birds-eye view of Croke Park gives Ireland’s grandest stadium a different sense of presence altogether.  Created by Dave Berry, this fantastic footage captures glorious views of all four stands, in angles you may have never witnessed before …

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Can Galway Return To Winning Ways In The Championship?

This weekend sees the beginning of Galway’s 2015 championship campaign, with the Tribesmen taking on Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday.  Galway haven’t beaten Dublin in Leinster since the Tribesmen began competing in the Leinster Championship in 2009, and Anthony Cunningham’s side will be eager to end that losing streak on Sunday. A disappointing 0-26 to 2-14 loss to Dublin on …

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Video: GAA Players Take Their Game From Cork To California

Just three days into their J1 to San Diego, a group of Cork lads had researched what was obviously the most important factor when travelling half way across the world – where’s the local GAA club?  Fortunately for these hurlers there was a GAA Sevens tournament taking place where they were based in San Diego. The video, put together by Jerome …

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Sports Doc Of The Week: Marooned (GAA)

This week’s Sports documentary of the week is Marooned, which chronicles Páidí Ó Sé’s first year as Westmeath football manager. The fly-on-the-wall documentary begins just weeks after Páidí left the Kerry manager role. It’s a fascinating insight in to the man and, of course, that famous 2004 Leinster title. With the Kerryman getting his own statue last week on the day …

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