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Ashling Dalton

Ashling Dalton
An Arts student at Carlow College. Can sniff out a GAA conversation a mile away. Hurling is my first love, with a side interest in Camogie and Gaelic Football. For more from this GAA nut follow @clashoftheashkk on Twitter.

Three Hurling Matches To Relish This Weekend

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Ashling Dalton gives her predictions ahead of three very tasty looking Hurling matches this weekend.   This weekend see the buisness end of the Allianz hurling league come into play as quarter finals and relegation play-offs have to be decided. So it’s fair to say a lot is at stake. 1. Kilkenny Vs Clare This may not be a quarter …

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3 Players To Look Out For In 2015’s National Hurling League

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With the National Hurling League starting next weekend, managers will be in full experimental mode, looking for new talent to give them that extra edge. The past couple of seasons has seen hurling’s young guns step forth into the limelight, and this year should be no different. Look out for these three players, who are sure to leave a mark on the …

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Why Hurling Needs A Separate Refereeing Committee

Since the hurling 20/20 report has been published, there has been quite a bit of debate concerning the whole area of refereeing. In particular, the current setup of a joint committee of football and hurling under the leadership of Pat McEnaney. The report made a proposal that there should be a separate referees committee for hurling, which would be a …

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Women’s GPA: A positive move forward for Women in GAA

The newly formed Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association is a fantastic idea. But the GAA’s fledgling organisation will have it’s work cut out, right from the get-go.    The Women’s Gaelic Player’s Association was officially opened last week and has been received well by it’s male counterpart and the wider GAA community. It was only a matter of time before an …

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3 Reasons Why Discipline In Hurling Cannot Be Overlooked

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The release of the hurling 20/20 report has put the spotlight on the issue of discipline in hurling. The problem has stirred the pot and has divided those who want tougher rules and those who feel hurling should be left alone. It is fair to say that the review has shed some light on issues concerning the game’s welfare and these …

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The New Hurling Penalty Rule, Will It Work?

New Year, new rule. Will the GAA’s latest Hurling rule change kill entertainment but truly punish offenders?   In the last week or so, the hurling review committee, backed by the GAA, have announced another change to the hurling penalty rule. As opposed to three players being deployed on the line to face a free, only the goalkeeper will face penalties, …

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Top 3 Hurling Moments of 2014

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Wexford re-emerge from the Hurling shadows, and ANOTHER All Ireland replay. As always, drama was aplenty but there was a few special moments that kept us talking throughout the summer.    1. John O’Dwyer’s free in the All Ireland. It’s hard to fathom how that point DIDN’T go over the bar, but Kilkenny fans breathed a sigh of relief that …

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3 Problems The Galway Hurling Committee Need To Sort

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Ashling Dalton discusses the three main issues that have thrown Galway hurling into controversy in the past few weeks. In recent weeks the strength of Galway hurling has been thrown into disarray with disagreements over leadership of the hurling committee, shots being fired at the Leinster council for not including Galway underage teams in the Leinster championship, and holdups which have resulted in …

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JJ Delaney: The Understated Superhero

With JJ Delaney announcing his retirement last year, Ashling Dalton takes a look back at what made the Kilkenny man so good.  It seems the winter of 2014 was awash with retirements in the GAA world, in particular Kilkenny. Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, David Herity and Aidan Fogarty all walked away with a bucketful of All-Ireland medals between them. However, …

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3 Advantages Of Reforming The Football Championship

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“The whole Championship structure needs to change” Those were the words of Dublin football boss Jim Gavin who has called for a radical reform of the All-Ireland Football Championship. Gavin’s vision for the future of football involves scrapping the National League, a much earlier provincial championship, and a Champions League style All-Ireland series. If this plan was to be implemented, …

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