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Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter Final Results
February 28th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

  • Limerick IT 2-16 UCD 0-6
  • UL 0-13 Cork IT 1-9
  • NUIG 1-18 UCC 1-12
  • DIT 2-10 St. Pats 0-15

Limerick IT stated their intent by demolishing UCD. The Davy Fitzgerald and Cyril Farrel coached team led by the scoring power of Galway sensation Joe Canning had too much class all round the field for the Belfield outfit.

This sets up an all-Limerick semi final as they’ll play UL who just overcame Cork IT thanks to a last minute point by Laois man Matthew Whelan.

NUIG caused a bit of a surprise by seeing off UCC. The Galway outfit, led by the sharp shooting of Tipp man Dara Egan and Clare man David Barret always held the edge throughout and pulled away at the end to seal the win.

DIT edged out St.Pats in the last of the quarter finals thanks in large part to the sharp shooting of Dublin man Kevin O’Reilly who hit 1-8 of his sides total. They now advance to play NUIG in the semi finals.

Site Update
February 27th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Just a note that the site layout has been updated. I liked the previous design but I needed more room and page links so I’ve switched to this theme.

I’ve added a page listing the Roll of Honour in all the major hurling titles.

I’ve also changed the poll. I wasn’t happy with the underlying code and display of the previous version.

For the record. the results of the first poll were

Who’ll win this years National Hurling League Division 1

  • Kilkenny - 27.78%
  • Galway - 27.78%
  • Clare - 16.67%
  • Limerick - 16.67%
  • Waterford - 11.1%

Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter Finals
February 27th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

The Fitzgibbon Cup is at the quarter-finals stage for 2007 and all 4 games are down for decision today and tomorrow. The fixtures are

  • Limerick IT v UCD
  • UL v Cork IT
  • NUI Galway v UCC
  • St. Pats v DIT

The 4 winners will then advance to the on 9th/10th March.

Limerick IT, winners 2 years ago, knocked out Waterford IT, the holders, in the last round so they must be among the favourites. Although the 4 big universities UL, UCD, UCC and NUIG always field strong teams.

Kilkenny retain Walsh Cup
February 25th, 2007. [ Comments: 2 ]

Kilkenny made it 3-in-a-row of Walsh cup titles by beating Wexford in Wexford on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-10. Co-incidentally this is the exact same score as the 2005 final, which started Kilkenny’s current run of success in the tournament.

Prior to their 2005 victory Kilkenny had shown little interest in the cup going back to their last victory in 1992 (when they beat Wexford again!). Indeed in 2004 they were hammered in the final by UCD on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-5.

However it now looks like every game they play is a big one with the players realising that a drop in form in any match could see them struggling to get their place back in the team.

Importance of a good League campagin - Part 2
February 23rd, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Continuing on from the last post we can go back a few years for more proof of the importance of a good league run.

When Clare made the big breakthrough in 95 they did so on the back of a successful league. While they were well beaten in the final by Kilkenny the more important issue is that they won all but one of their group games and were in good enough form to make the final.

The following year, 96, Wexford made their breakthrough. While they were competing in Division 2 of the league that year they still had a good campaign, winning all but one of their group games to make the knockout stages. They made it to the semi finals where they lost to eventual league champions Galway.

Clare and Wexford were two of the biggest breakthroughs of recent times (in Clare’s case - the biggest undoubtedly) and the fact that they did so on the back of a strong league campaign should send a clear message to all other teams in similar situations that if you want to seriously challenge for the All-Ireland you need to be treating the league seriously and hitting 4th gear at least early in the year.

As the standard required for winning an All-Ireland has been raised significantly in recent times it’s clear that teams can’t switch on and off top form at the drop of a hat and even the great teams of the moment like Kilkenny and Cork have to carry and continuously raise their form all through the year.

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