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Wexford: A Sleeping Giant Awoken Or Another False Dawn?

Wexford were full value over Cork in Semple Stadium two weeks ago. As they were dancing at the crossroads in the south-east, there was a sense that the Yellowbellies are back in the big-time. However, bigger challenges lie ahead, with a wounded Waterford side lying in wait. While 2014 was somewhat an anti-climax on the hurling landscape following the drugs, sex …

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Four In-Form Players To Watch During Sunday’s Hurling Quarter-Finals

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Walsh Park, Waterford 13/7/2016 Waterford vs Clare Waterford manager Sean Power congratulates Shane Bennett as he is replaced late in the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

If you want to be anywhere this Sunday afternoon, it has to be Thurles. Semple Stadium will host two All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals for 2016, with Wexford v Waterford and Galway v Clare the games on show. Whether you’re going to Thurles or watching the games on TV, this article will pin-point some key players to watch. _____ Shane Bennett Waterford’s Shane …

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Clare Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald Admitted To Hospital

Clare vs Cork Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald Mandatory Credit ©

Clare could be without their manager for this weekend’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter final as Davy Fitzgerlad has been admitted to hospital. Little is known about the nature of the his admission at this time, other than the fact that it is for a “health concern,” as per multiple reports this afternoon. Having checked into a clinic in Galway last night, Fitzgerald …

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Opinion: The U21 Hurling Championship Needs To Be Restructured

There’s no doubt that the Bord Gais Energy Under 21 Championship is unique. The football and hurling championships have structures in place solely to benefit each provincial winner. It’s a knock-out type championship too, which makes it all the more entertaining and nail-biting for both sets of fans. However, even though this championship structure works for Gaelic football, sadly the same cannot be said for …

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Hard To See Beyond The Winners Of Munster For The All-Ireland U21 Crown

We are well and truly underway in the Bord Gais Energy U21 hurling championship at this stage. It’s been an exciting championship already, one that has caused some major upsets and provided plenty of quality games along the way.  In Leinster, we have seen Westmeath do the unthinkable by attaining a result against Kilkenny. Undoubtedly, this was one of the biggest …

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Opinion: Revamped Provincial Championships Can Still Retain Their Relevance

During a routine radio interview on Off the Ball last August, Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan made the stunning declaration that he “hated” the championship structure. The show’s presenter Joe Molloy pressed him on his reasons and they are difficult to disagree with. When Kilkenny win a Leinster final they have a five-week break from games. They only have to play four …

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What’s The Better Provincial Championship: Ulster Football Or Munster Hurling?

Over the past number of years, these two provincial championships have stood out from the rest in terms of competiveness, intensity and rivalry. We discuss, what could arguably be the better provincial championship? Going on this year’s games, there is only one winner but since the turn of the century, which province has produced the greatest games? The Leinster championships …

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The 16th Man GAA Podcast: Ulster Final, Premier Cruise, And Limerick Hurling Woes

Ulster GAA Football Final

Pundit Arena brings you The 16th Man; our weekly GAA podcast. Brian Barry, Seán Cremin and Joel Slattery talk all matters GAA, because GAA matters. On this week’s show, we discuss Tipperary’s massive win over Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship final last Sunday, and look at where the Déise can go from here. Looking ahead to this weekend, there …

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