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Limerick v Tipperary: Remembering The 2007 Trilogy

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Limerick host Tipperary on Sunday seeking a third consecutive championship win over the Premier for the first time since the 1980s. The sides have clashed 65 times in the Championship. Of their 23 wins, perhaps Limerick most cherish the amazing victory in 2007 following a trilogy of games. After 250 minutes of hurling, just three points separated the sides. The …

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GAA: Talking Points From The Weekend’s Action

John Ivory discusses the talking points from the weekend’s action, including Lee Keegan’s dismissal and fixture clashes. _____ One-Game Ban For Cynical Second Yellow Cards? The black card was introduced to make Gaelic football less cynical and in its first year, it seems to have had a good impact. However, what Lee Keegan did by not releasing the football in stoppage time …

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Rewards Await Donegal As They Swap Genius For Common Sense

With just a few minutes of a largely forgettable All-Ireland final remaining, Kerry’s supporters, already teeming with anxiety, almost collapsed in unison as their team shovelled a few more pounds of tension upon them. In 2011, the Kingdom elected to use listless, lateral handpassing in a bid to make those final few units of time ebb away without incident. Within …

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VIDEO: Check Out Gary Sice’s Gorgeous Sidestep and Finish

Watch how Galway’s Gary Sice sidesteps Tom Parsons before scoring a cracking goal Corofin’s Gary Sice scored one of the goals of the Championship against Mayo at the weekend. Sice took on the Mayo defence, sidestepping a helpless Tom Parsons before guiding the ball into the back of net. Despite the club All Ireland winners best efforts, Galway were defeated 1-15 …

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UPDATED: Gaelic Football Power Rankings

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Although it’s still early days, we at Pundit Arena have updated our gaelic football power rankings on all teams challenging for the coveted Sam Maguire Cup. 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 (bar Sligo) form in 2015 and it’s sure to change as the championship …

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Experience Overcomes Youth in the Football Championship

The latest round of fixtures in this year’s Football Championship saw the experience of Donegal, Mayo and Kerry pay dividends. In the build up to last weekend, strong arguments could have been made for it to provide the first upset in this years Championship. Such an argument had its merits. Mayo faced a tricky tie in Salthill against what is looking like a resurgent …

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VIDEO: Aidan O’Shea Run Sees Galway Score Ridiculous Own Goal

This was more like watching the Irish international defence… Galway made a bit of an arse of themselves yesterday as, with a powerful Aidan O’Shea thundering towards goal, they seemed to get just a tad panicked. Mayo man O’Shea came through the defence like a train and looked to be on for a finish until he lost control of the …

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A Lot to Work on for Dynamic Donegal

Donegal overcame a fairly meek Armagh with consummate ease at the Athletic Grounds yesterday. After a first half we will remember, it’s the second half that Rory Gallagher won’t be allowing his players to forget. Terrific Transition The 2015 vintage of the Donegal footballers may be the best we have seen in the last five years. With no disrespect to Jim …

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Tipperary vs Kerry: Pressure Will Mould The Kingdom

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Pressure is a funny thing in sport. It can make your muscles clench like a vice and render you useless, resulting in a crucial wide or tackle missed. Some are able to harness pressure and thrive under duress. It’s what defines the winners from the losers, the heroes from the chokers. The names you remember, from the ones lost in …

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Quick Preview Of This Weekend’s Football Championship Action

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With the summer sunshine encouraging growth, will there be anyone waiting in the long grass to spring a surprise This weekend’s return of the Football Championship to our screens promises an increase of pace and intensity. Talking points rather than action have dominated the championship so far. Dublin’s destruction of Longford, returned the debate surrounding the structure of the championship to the headlines. While Donegal’s …

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Where Northern Football Goes, The Rest Follow But Will It Evolve Again This Weekend?

The outcome of the clash between Armagh and Donegal could have a massive influence on the evolution Ulster football. For many years now the Ulster Football Championship has been the most competitive of the provincial competitions. At the turn of the century Armagh came to prominence, winning seven provincial titles in the ten years between 1999 and 2008. The other three saw Tyrone …

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More Than Brawn: Previewing Armagh v Donegal

Ahead of the Ulster quarterfinal between Armagh and Donegal this Sunday, more is being made of the physical and psychological battles that lie in store rather than the actual football itself. Coming off the back of a feisty affair between Tyrone and Donegal four weeks ago, many are predicting more off-the-ball antics, more sledging and more cynicism. But that is to …

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In The Words Of The Saw Doctors, “Will Galway Bate Mayo?”

Can the tribesmen undermine Mayo’s dominance of the Connacht Championship and register a Galway victory?  In The Saw Doctors 1992 classic song, ‘The Hay Wrap’, the protagonist asks ‘will Galway bate Mayo?’. A respondent replies negatively, ‘Not if they have Willie Joe [Padden], they haven’t a hope of beatin’ Mayo’. The negative outlook demonstrated in that number one hit, you did …

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The Real World A Club GAA Player Lives In

The GAA, and hurling in particular, have given plenty of Irish people their most treasured days. A lot of close friendships stem from Gaelic games, and many other positives, but lately this writer has been thinking; “what the hell am I doing?” Welcome to the world of the GAA club player… ______ So the intercounty season is back on track. …

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Tipperary Can Become The Tonic That The Munster Football Championship Needs

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Tipperary’s clash with Kerry this weekend in the Munster Football Championship should prove to be a gauge as to how much the progress the premier county have made, writes Alan Drumm In a week where the debate surrounding the format of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship has once more arisen, Tipperary embark on a championship campaign that could reveal the strides they have made at minor and …

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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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