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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 9

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Padraig Walsh and Conor Whelan of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

After a bumper weekend of action which included the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers and the Leinster final, we look at how the hurling landscape lies. _____ 1. Waterford (No change) 2. Kilkenny (No change) The juggernaut keeps its course as Kilkenny plowed through yet another opponent yesterday. It was the same old story, as the Cats showed too much …

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Watch: Match Officials Fail To Award Wexford Clear Goal After Sliotar Strikes Stanchion

Wexford have every reason to be unhappy with the referee. After being forced to re-schedule the fixture between Laois and Armagh, the GAA and their match officials once again find themselves embroiled in controversy. The most recent episode occurred after Wexford were awarded a penalty during their qualifier clash with Offaly in Wexford Park. After being awarded a penalty mid way …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 8

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 19/6/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary's Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring the third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The provincial finals are set. There are only four unbeaten teams left in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. The draw has been made for the qualifiers. It’s time for us to reassess the power rankings on the hurling landscape. 1. Waterford (No change) 2. Kilkenny (No change) Heading into the Leinster semi-final in Portlaoise last weekend, there were several questions-marks surrounding …

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The Draw For The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers Has Been Made

Hurling Davy Fitzgerald Donal Og Clare

The draw for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers has been made this morning, which was live on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland. Despite an impressive march to the National Hurling League title, Davy Fitzgerald and Clare were dumped out of the Munster Championship by Waterford. However, they must rise again as they hope to repeat the heroics of 2013 by …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 7

After a cracking day of hurling action in the race for the Liam McCarthy Cup, we sit down here in Pundit Arena HQ to figure out what this all means in the grand pecking order. Who rises and who drops? It’s all here in the latest edition of the Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings. _____ 1. Waterford (+1) Job done for the …

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Online Abuse Of Players And Managers Has No Place In GAA

Wexford GAA

The Wexford GAA chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, criticised the abuse directed at his county’s hurlers both online and from the stands in the Irish Independent last week. This follows the county’s hurlers facing a demoralising defeat at the hands of Dublin last Saturday evening in Croke Park. Unfortunately, this is becoming a more common feature of reactions to games as social media …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 6

football hurling GAA DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: General View showing the exterior of Croke Park prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Ireland and France at Croke Park on February 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The first big weekend in the race for Liam McCarthy is over. We look at how the weekend’s results changed the hurling landscape. _____ 1. Clare (No change) 2. Waterford (No change) 3. Kilkenny (No change) 4. Tipperary (No change) Whatever will be said about Cork, Tipperary were very impressive. The additions of Seán Curran, Dan McCormack and Séamus Kennedy gave …

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Five Players That Will Light Up The Leinster Hurling Championship

Conor McDonald Cian O'Callaghan Leinster Hurling

The Leinster Championship is in full swing, and as things hot up before next weekend when the quarter-finals start, we look at five stars who could have a big say in the destination of the Bob O’Keeffe Cup over the coming weeks. _____ Eamon Dillon (Dublin) ‘Trollier’ has been knocking about the Dublin team for a number of years now, but …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 5


So there you have it. One week late, we have winners of the National Hurling League. Clare edged Waterford at the death in Thurles to capture the title. However, the Déise don’t have time to lose much sleep over it, as their championship opener is just weeks away. The race for Liam McCarthy is underway, and we look at what …

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Quiet Hurling Championship Openers Drowned Out By Shadow Boxing

hurling westmeath

The second weekend of the hurling championship is upon us – although you would barely know it. In fact, if you include the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meaghar Cups (which I suggest you should) then we are heading into the third weekend of action. Social Media briefly raised an eyebrow at the results from the opening round robin …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 4

Dublin Croke Park hurling

90 minutes of action could not separate Clare and Waterford in the National Hurling League final at Semple Stadium yesterday, while the Leinster Championship got underway. We take a look at what all the results mean, in the latest addition of our Hurling Power Rankings. _____ 1. Waterford (No change) We can talk about wides until the cows come home, …

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The Evolving Role Of Goalkeepers In Gaelic Games

cluxton kick out goalkeepers

We take a closer look at how the role of goalkeepers has changed in modern gaelic games. “Paddy dashed back to his goal like a woman who smells a cake burning….” The words of the great journalist Con Houlihan, describing the now infamous goal scored by Mikey Sheehy against Paddy Cullen in the 1978 All Ireland final. A very talented …

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The Rise And Rise Of Kerry Hurling: John Egan Talks The Small Ball In The Kingdom

Kerry GAA

Kerry comprehensively defeated Laois on Saturday afternoon to maintain their status in Division 1B of the National Hurling League, and now look to push on this summer in the Leinster championship. Limerick legend Ciarán Carey has taken over as manager, as the Kingdom surpassed everybody’s expectations by recording wins over Offaly and Laois (twice). They had too much class for …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 2

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We’re on to the semi-finals for Division 1 of the National Hurling League, and what a round of games it was. Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Cork were all underdogs in the eyes of the bookmakers this weekend, but pulled off upsets. Wexford came up just short of causing the shock of the round at home to Waterford. All in all, it …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 1

hurling westmeath

The round robin stages of the National Hurling League are over, and we now turn to the knock-out section. The league is always a tricky one to call, and week-by-week form rarely shows a pattern. Here at Pundit Arena HQ, we will be running the hurling power-rankings throughout the season. Based on the performances of teams, we will see them …

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Offaly Star Niall McNamee Talks Gambling Within The GAA

MASTERTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 02: A punter makes a bet at the tote during the Castlepoint Beach Races at Castlepoint Beach on March 2, 2013 in Masterton, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Five years ago, Offaly star Niall McNamee was at the height of his inter-county career. He had been playing for Offaly since the mid-2000s and had solidified himself as one of the top forwards in the county. But at the back of all this lay a dark addiction that took hold of his life – something that he hadn’t spoke out …

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