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Joel Slattery

Joel Slattery
When not watching or writing about sport, Joel will most likely be listening to American country music. Bad at predictions, Joel was also slightly uncomfortable writing this bio in the third person.

The National Hurling League Quarter-Final Draw

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 17/4/2016 Kilkenny vs Clare Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

After the weekend’s hurling action, we now know the draw for the quarter-finals of the National Hurling League. With uncertainty about the structure of next year’s competition still unresolved, this year’s quarter-finals are still between the top four from Division 1A and the top Four from Division 1B. With so many permutations going into this weekend’s games there was nothing …

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Limerick Vs Galway May Not Be A Dead Rubber After All

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B, Pearse Stadium, Galway 19/2/2017 Galway vs Wexford Galway's Aidan Harte Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

This Sunday, Limerick face Galway in what, at the moment is an insignificant game that will only determine seedings for the league quarter-finals. However, the Gaelic Grounds clash could turn out to be one of the biggest games of the year for both sides – and they don’t know it yet. That’s because there is a school of thought gathering …

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Five Teams That Need A League Win This Weekend

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 11/3/2017 Tipperary vs Kilkenny Kilkenny manager Brian Cody Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

This weekend sees round six of the National Football League and the last round of the group stage of the National Hurling League take place.  Some of the relegation and promotion permutations are already set but there is to be a much clearer picture after this weekend’s fixtures. ________ Mayo Footballers After a disappointing defeat to Cavan last weekend, Mayo …

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Five Talking Points From The Weekend’s Football League Action

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With just two rounds remaining in the National Football League after today, this weekend’s results will have a huge bearing on what teams are in the promotion hunt and on course for spots in the respective league finals. At the other end of the scale, there are now teams in deep relegation trouble. With all this in mind, here are …

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Five Football Teams In Bad Need Of A Win This Weekend

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We are getting to the business end of the National Football League and this weekend sees a full round of fixtures with promotion and relegation situations to be sorted out. Here are five teams who could do with getting the two points this weekend. Kerry Dublin come to the Kingdom on Saturday night looking to extend their unbeaten run against …

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What Can Wexford, Galway And Limerick Gain From This Weekend’s Games?

2017 Allianz Hurling Leagues Launch, Croke Park, Dublin 6/2/2017 In attendance at the 2017 Allianz Hurling League Launch in Croke Park are Cian Dillon of Clare, Davy Fitzgerald of Wexford and John Kiely of Limerick. This year, Allianz celebrates 25 years of sponsoring the Allianz Leagues. Visit www.allianz.ie for more information Wexford Manager Davy Fitgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The lack of competitiveness in Division 1B is a big issue in this year’s National Hurling League, with a plethora of one-sided games having dominating the second tier. Out of 15 matches in the round-robin phase of the competition, it only looked like three would be relevant to the promotion race. However, with Wexford’s opening wins over Limerick and Galway, the …

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Three Teams That Need A Win In This Weekend’s Hurling Action

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Kilkenny's Liam Blanchfield with Padraic Maher of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

This weekend sees the penultimate round of the National Hurling League with a full card of fixtures. With all 12 teams from Division 1A and B either going into a league quarter-final or relegation play-off, every game has implications. With that said, here are three teams who could do with a win more than most Cork The Rebels will be …

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