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Is Hurling In Danger Of Being Swept Away?

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 9/8/2015.Kilkenny vs Waterford.Waterford's Tadhg de Burca.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

It has been a bad couple of weeks for hurling teams playing with extra defenders. Following a Munster final in which Tipperary rolled over Waterford as if they were nothing more than a speed bump, last Sunday saw Clare brusquely eliminated by Galway. PM O’Sullivan likened the Munster final to the Brexit vote, with opposing camps disputing the value of …

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Why Are Tipperary Being Written Off Before The U21 Munster Hurling Final?

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thrules, Tipperary 14/7/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary Celebrate after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Tomorrow, Walsh Park will play host to the u21 Munster Hurling Championship final, between Tipperary and Waterford. The majority of bookmakers around Ireland have Waterford as strong 1/3 odds-on favourites, while Tipperary enter the game at over 3/1. It’s hard to know how the bookies can be so positive about this game inevitably falling into Waterford’s hands. Even though the …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 11

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And then there were four… Just Galway, Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny remain in the hunt for the Liam McCarthy Cup. The Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings have been tracking the pecking order all year, and now things are getting serious. _____ 1. Tipperary (no change) Are they favourites in our eyes? Not a chance. Are they the form team in the country? …

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Tribute Tuesday – Eoin Kelly

GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final 5/9/2010 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipp captain Eoin Kelly lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

In a week where we began to question the longevity of the corner-forward, this week’s Tribute Tuesday is dedicated to the best inside forward since the year 2000, Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly. Firstly, we are ready for barrage of abuse and smart comments from Kilkenny folk as we give credit to a man from Tipperary, but Eoin Kelly was just a …

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Hurling; The Best VX Knocked Out Of Championship

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 20/3/2016 Kilkenny vs Dublin Liam Rushe of Dublin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The semi-finalists have been decided in the hurling championship. For an alternative look at those knocked out of the championship, this week’s Tuesday Team Selection puts together the best fifteen not remaining in the hurling champiosnhip and let people wonder how they would fair against the rest. Anthony Nash – Cork Nash is a two time all-star but his performances …

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Why Tipperary Footballers Achievements Should Be Respected

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The Tipperary footballers have qualified for an All-Ireland quarter-final, where the story of Clare has somewhat overshadowed the achievements of the Premier men. Here we identify five reasons why their achievements have been remarkable. The Amount Of Players They Have Lost It has been documented but it’s a point that should be raised again and again. Tipperary lost major players …

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Galway Hurlers Answer Their Critics

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 24/7/2016 Clare vs Galway Galway's Jason Flynn scores a point Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Galway were labelled ‘gutless’ after their Leinster Final defeat. It was the wrong word to use, but they deserved criticism after that game and responded very well against Clare. They are a heavily criticised bunch, but recent records and continuous flattering to deceive does line Galway up for abuse. Today we live in a cut-throat society and people need to …

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The Next Hurley Debate: Banded Or Unbanded?

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 21/6/2015 Limerick vs Tipperary Limerick's Seamus Hickey blocks the goal bound shot from Tipperary's Seamus Callanan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Following on from a recent article about the best hurley makers in Ireland, it is time to generate another interesting discussion for GAA fanatics.  It’s obvious that some hurlers prefer their hurleys with bands on them while others prefer them without the band. Hurley makers across the land have their own taste too, and it differs from county to county. Albeit if a hurl …

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