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Antrim 1-13 Dublin 0-12
March 29th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Dublin were brought crashing back to earth last night as Antrim ended their good league run under the Casement Park floodlights. A win would have guaranteed the Dubs a quarter final spot but now they’ll have to beat Tipperary on Sunday to achieve that. Antrim have been struggling though the league thus far but they finally found some form to claim their first points.

Centre forward Neil McManus done the damage hitting 1-3, the crucial goal coming just before half time. With Brian McFall adding 5 points Antrim were always able to keep their noses in front as Kevin O’Reilly was Dublin’s only real scoring threat, notching up 0-8.

Dublin v Antrim on Wednesday night
March 27th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Dublin have named the same team that defeated Limerick for their crucial division 1B re-fixture against Antrim on Wednesday night in Casement Park in Belfast. The game was originally postponed due to bad weather and now that Dublin have recorded wins over Galway and Limerick in the mean time it suddenly becomes a major game for them. Victory for the Dubs will take them to the top of the table and guarantee themselves a place in the playoffs. Dublin have been progressing very impressively, from coming from behind to draw with Kilkenny to out-battling Galway in a slogfest to comfortably defeating Limerick. Antrim have been struggling all campaign and it’s hard to see them having the ability to cope with the Dubs in their present vein of form.

The Dublin team is: G Maguire; P Brennan, S Hiney, T Brady; M Carton, R Fallon, D O’Reilly; J Boland, G O’Meara; T Moore, D Qualter, J Kelly; K O’Reilly, P O’Driscoll, K Flynn.

Babs unhappy with Galway
March 27th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

The Hoganstand that Tippeary boss Babs Keating is unhappy with the rough treatment of some of his players in last Sunday’s defeat to Galway. Apparently Pa Bourke, Willie Ryan and Paul Kelly were on the receiving end of some “bad temper”. Of course rather than blame Galway Babs is focusing his blame on the officials in charge of the match.

The referees and linesmen have enough to do and get enough abuse themselves without looking out for every little incident on the pitch and without having to babysit players. Galway are hardly known for their roughhouse play even if Ger Loughnane may be instilling a bit more steel in them. The Tipp players should be well able to look after themselves and Babs would be better off focusing on why his team conceded 26 points. He does tend to get a little “over-excited” in interviews which is mainly just due to his incredible passion for Tipperary hurling. However when he was interviewed on TG4 after the match on Sunday he didn’t sound too upset so I don’t think there’s a whole lot in these latest comments - just a chance to have another snip at GAA officialdom!

Dublin keep on rolling
March 26th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Dublin’s great start to the season continued as they saw off Limerick in Limerick by 4 points. What’s even more impressive is that they suffered a couple of injuries before the game and had to make some changes. 22 points is a good score on any day and the Dubs do really seem to be flying at the moment. Next up is an awkward Wednesday night trip to Casement Park to play Antrim. If they can pick up another 2 points there they’ll jump to the top of the table ahead of next weekends final round of fixtures. It will be absolutely great for hurling if they can make it into the semi-finals.

Elsewhere Galway put up a great score of 26 points to see off Tipperary. Rebounding from last weekends surprise defeat the tribesmen were in flying form all throughout the pitch although the concession of 3 goals to the Kelly brothers will be a bit of concern for their full back line.

Cork held off a powerful late surge by Wexford to win by 1-17 to 0-18. At one stage Cork led 1-16 to 0-10 before Wexford hit 7 successive points but they just couldn’t get the few extra to draw level.

Offaly and Clare drew in Birr with Barry Nugent hitting a late equalizer for the away team. The draw keeps Clare in the playoff hunt but Offaly really needed a win to give themselves any hope of being in contention. Instead they’re likely to be drawn into the relegation playoff.

Kilkenny had an easy win over Antrim and Waterford completely annihilated Down. Both northern counties are really struggling and will be playing Division 2 hurling next year.

Check out the league tables page to see how it all stands.

All-Star Winners
March 23rd, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Added a new page to the site that displays the All-Star winners from 1971 to the present. It also includes the team of the century from 1984 and the team of the milllenium from 2000. The final team displayed shows the players who have won the most all-stars at their positions. It’s presented in a layout that lets you see the players county and position at a glance.

While I’m on the All-Star subject I’m going to keep an eye on players throughout the year who are in All-Star form and then compare it with the final selection at the end of the year. The All-Stars are always completely loaded in favour of the All-Ireland finalists as league and early season form is completely ignored. So here I’ll be keeping a tab on the top 3 players at each postion as the season unfolds and updating it based on their performances.

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