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GAA: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – 22nd Of August

Three of the four All-Ireland finalists have now been decided. The Mayo For Sam campaign has not yet ended for 2016 and Tipperary could hold their heads very high despite defeat. Like every other Monday it is time to look at the fallout from the GAA weekend. 

Who’s Hot

Tipperary

It is rare that the losers of the semi-final receive more credit then the winners, but that was very much the case yesterday in Croke Park. Despite losing, Tipp were clapped off the pitch like winners. They had the better of proceedings for large parts of the game but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. It is the end to the story of the 2016 summer. Tipp may be out of the championship, but they should be very proud of their efforts.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/8/2016 Mayo vs Tipperary Tipperary manager Liam Kearns talks to his players at the end of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Stephen Rochford

Mayo were not impressive yesterday and really stumbled over the line to a win over Mayo. Whatever about the manner of their victory, Mayo are still in an All-Ireland final and are a potential 70 minutes away from lifting Sam Maguire. Their manager Stephen Rochford has done a good job so far. He was in a very difficult position when appointed. He took over from a management team that was ousted by players and has put Mayo in a position they failed to get to last season.

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/8/2016 Tyrone vs Mayo Mayo Manager Stephen Rochford celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Who’s Not

The Black Card

More bad press arrived for the black card after Robbie Kiely’s dismissal. By the letter of the law, it was a black card so criticising the referee is not fair. If the rule is there, Kiely had to go but the punishment is becoming too sufficient. There is no way that type of tackle should see a player leave the field. The black card needs to be reassessed and maybe it is time for the sin bin.

Robbie Kiely receives a black card 21/8/2016

Antrim Under 21 Hurlers

Another hammering occurred for Antrim in the All-Ireland under-21 semi-final. 5-25 to 1-8 was the final score in Thurles on Saturday. The gap is widening by the second and Antrim are getting less and less competitive with every year at all levels.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary 20/8/2016 Waterford vs Antrim Ryan McCambridge of Antrim with Stephen Bennett of Waterford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Tommy Carr

The RTÉ commentator received nothing but negative press during his commentary of yesterday’s game between Mayo and Tipperary. Twitter was littered with comments, all negative even from some intercounty players.

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