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Cork and Clare bans
May 31st, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Cork and Clare have been fined heavily and have had players banned after their fracas before their Munster championship game. The banned players weren’t named but it’s reported that Cork players are Donal Og Cusack, John Gardiner, Sean Og O’Hailpin and Diarmuid O’Sullivan and the Clare players are Colin Lynch, Alan Markham, Andrew Quinn and Barry Nugent. Cork are obviously going to hardest hit by any suspensions with their Munster semi-final against Waterford coming up in 2 weeks. So no doubt we’ll see this appealed all the way through to the DRA and even down other legal channels. It’s one of the most disappointing aspects of the GAA that players and county boards refuse to accept punishment for their crimes and instead deny everything and search for any legal loopholes.


Weekend Roundup
May 27th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

No surprises in the weekend results as Cork and Offaly had comfortable wins.

In Thurles, where Cork beat Clare by 1-18 to 1-11, there was a crazy melee before the game when both teams ran out the tunnel at the same time and started tussling with each other. Once the game got going Cork’s scoring proved superior as they were always able to maintain a solid lead over the Clare men. Debutant Pa Cronin got their goal early in the second half and while Niall Gilligan got one back for Clare there was never any real doubt about the result. Cork move on to meet Waterford in 3 weeks time.

In Tullamore Offaly eased to a huge win over a mismatched Laois team by 1-26 to 0-10. The game started close enough but midway through the first half Offaly’s superior speed, stick-work and score taking kicked in and they started knocking over points for fun. Damien Murray was their top scorer with 1-12. Offaly now advance to play Kilkenny in the semi-final.

Up North Down advanced to the Ulster final when they knocked in 5 goals to see off Derry by 5-16 to 1-15 in the replayed semi-final.


Weekend Results - May 27th
May 27th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11

Offaly 1-26 Laois 0-10

Down 5-16 Derry 1-15


Championship betting odds
May 25th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

With the Championship getting under way this weekend we can have a look at some of the odds. There’s not a lot of difference in the odds offered by various bookies and all have Kilkenny as the hot favourites.

For the All-Ireland we have
Paddy Power

  • Kilkenny 5/4
  • Cork 7/2
  • Galway 5/1
  • Waterford 5/1
  • Tipperary 8/1
  • Clare 25/1
  • Limerick 25/1
  • Wexford 40/1

Ladbrokes

  • Kilkenny 5/4
  • Cork 7/2
  • Waterford 5/1
  • Galway 6/1
  • Tipperary 9/1
  • Clare 18/1
  • Limerick 25/1
  • Wexford 66/1


Weekend Predictions
May 25th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Cork v Clare
The first big clash of the hurling championship brings together two teams who have had far from ideal seasons so far. The Clare squad problems have been well publicised and it will be interesting to see if Tony Considine can raise another typical fighting banner performance from the team. Cork have had a slight undercurrent of dissent in the transition to new manager Gerald MacCarthy but they seem to be in much better shape than their opponents. With Clare missing the old defensive spine of Davy Fitz, Brian Lohan and Seanie McMahon it’s hard to see them being able to hold Cork’s fast moving attack. Cork should win this one by 6 points.

Laois v Offaly
The Leinster championship opens with two teams clashing for the chance to get hammered by Kilkenny in the semi final. Offaly had a pretty decent league campaign but then suffered the disappointment of being relegated to division 2, while Laois won the division 2 crown but were well beaten by Limerick in the promotion playoff. Offaly have been much the better team in recent clashes between the teams and it’s hard to see that changing on Sunday. Despite the fact that they are carrying a few injury concerns that has delayed the naming of their team they should still be too strong for a very youthful Laois team. Offaly to win by 10 points.

Down v Derry (replay)
Down should be able to reach the Ulster final at the second time of asking. With a game under their belts they won’t be as rusty as last week. Down by 4.


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