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Dick Clerkin Pinpoints What Is Separating Monaghan And The Country’s Top Teams

Dick Clerkin Monaghan

In the week leading up to last Saturday night’s Ulster semi-final between Monaghan and Down, hype was already starting to build for a Tyrone vs Monaghan decider. Following last year’s 19-point hammering in the same fixture, nobody was giving Down a chance. Malachy O’Rourke’s side put down a promising League campaign, backed up by victories over Fermanagh and Cavan. Surely …

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Davy Fitzgerald’s Demands At First Wexford Training Perfectly Illustrate His High Standards

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2/4/2017 Kilkenny vs Wexford Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Davy Fitzgerald ruffled some feathers in Wexford on his first night in charge but he has reaped the rewards. Like him or loath him, Fitzgerald is nothing but meticulous in his approach to preparing teams. While some of his madcap sideline antics may garner unwanted attention, Fitzgerald has largely produced results as a manager. With Waterford, Davy went all the way to …

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Watch: A Look Back At Limerick & Kilkenny’s Titanic 2014 Clash

Undoubtedly the pick of this weekend’s qualifier games is Kilkenny versus Limerick; two sides that have struggled for form lately.    However, the GAA’s official Twitter account have now taken a look back at a time before this, when Limerick and Kilkenny took part in a titanic clash. The setting for this particular clash was straight out a Hollywood blockbuster. Incessant rain …

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Five Players Derek McGrath Could Introduce To Freshen His Waterford Side

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Croke Park, Dublin 4/3/2017 Dublin vs Waterford Waterford manager Derek McGrath Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Waterford were hugely disappointing in their defeat to Cork last Sunday week. With the Déise appearing flat, it may be time for Derek McGrath to consider some of these new players to freshen things up. During the winter, many tipped Waterford to have a major say in the 2017 championship. However, a mixed league campaign dampened expectations somewhat. Still, many believed that …

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Major Injury Boost For Cork’s Munster Final Hopes

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1, Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork 2/7/2016 Cork vs Dublin Cork manager Kieran Kingston Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The Cork hurlers have been handed a big boost ahead of their Munster final Sunday week. Injury doubt Conor Lehane has been declared fit ahead of the tie. So far Lehane has been one of the players of the championship. The Midleton ace performed superbly versus Tipperary in May before repeating the trick against the Déise. Conor Lehane has played …

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Times And Venues Of Round 1 Hurling Qualifiers Announced

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Tipperary's Michael Breen celebrates scoring a goal

While the big boys were kept apart in this morning’s draw for the first round of the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers, that is not to say that these games will not be keenly anticipated by hurling folk around the country.  To recap on what came out of the hat at GAA HQ this morning, the draw will see Dublin take on …

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