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Kilkenny v Wexford on Youtube
June 29th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

In anticipation of a good match on Sunday here’s some action from .

First up last year’s Leinster Final which Kilkenny won comfortably in the end

And then some dodgy footage of Wexford’s smash and grab last second win over the cats in 2004. I was at that one and it was an incredible finish.

Weekend Betting - June 30th
June 28th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

With the Leinster Final, 4 qualifiers and a whole schedule of Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard games on at the weekend there’s plenty of hurling action to keep us interested. The Dublin v Cork qualifier on Saturday is live on RTE 2 at 3.30pm as of course is the Kilkenny v Wexford Leinster Final at 4pm the following day. With a lot of heavy rain forecast over the week some of the games could turn into tough slogs which always opens up the possibility of upsets.

Kilkenny as would be expected are very short odds to beat Wexford, being available at around 1/14 while Wexford are around 7/1. We live in hope that Wexford will turn in a barn-storming performance and stun the cats but your head tells you that this will be an easy 10 point win for the champions.

Offaly seem to be a quite generous 5/1 against Tipp, given that Tipp are only a week off their devastating loss to Limerick. If Offaly can pull out a high tempo performance they could upset the odds there.

Galway are an unbackable 1/66 or 1/100 away to Laois and there’s no way you can see anything other than an easy Galway win there.

You can get 7/1 - 10/1 on Dublin to topple Cork. Dublin have certainly shown promise and playing in Parnell Park should help but it’s hard to see them being able to cope with Cork for 70 minutes, especially with the 3 combatants restored to goals and defence.

Clare have the long trip up north to face Antrim and while it’s always seen as a tough journey and a hard place to get a result, Clare seem to have a habit of knocking up big scores against the weaker teams.

Limerick finally seal it
June 25th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

After over 250 minutes of hard fought hurling we finally got a result as Limerick saw off Tipperary with 3 late points in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday on a scoreline of 0-22 to 2-13. A wet day made conditions tough but the players again served up a gripping encounter. This time it was Limerick who took the initiative and Tipperary who had to fight back with the help of timely goals. A late Seamus Butler point forced extra time with the scores at 1-12 to 0-15 but Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Ollie Moran and Niall Moran were all on target at the end of the second period of extra time to clinch the win.

Limerick fans invaded the pitch prematurely at the end with 1 minute still left and when it was finally over they stormed on again to congratulate their heros. Clearly a huge outpouring of relief as well as joy as Limerick finally won a Munster championship game for the first time in 6 years. The only concern now is whether they have anything in the tank to battle Waterford in the Munster final.

Tipperary on the other hand have to somehow drag themselves off the ground to play Offaly next Saturday in the qualifiers. Having been in a dominant position for so long in the first 2 games they must be absolutely shattered to have finally lost while Offaly have had time to regroup after their loss to Kilkenny and will be boosted by their under 21 victory over the cats.

Suspended Cork Trio Respond
June 22nd, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

The three Cork players suspended in the so called “Semple-Gate” affair have finally spoken out. in today’s Examiner. They’ve apologised for their actions but had a real go at the GAA for the way they handled it. When model players like Sean Og O’Hailpin are the victims of crazy GAA disciplinary procedures you know there’s something wrong. With the guys being such prominent members of the GPA there’s bound to be more heard from the players on this whole area.

The GAA top brass better wake up quick and start sorting out some of their disciplinary procedures mess. Nickey Brennan, who has come in for plenty of direct criticism on this issue, is having a none too rosy presidency.

Limerick v Tipp on TV
June 21st, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

In an update to an earlier post the Limerick Tipperary second replay live on RTE 1 this Sunday. While the football action is taking over RTE 2 for the afternoon you can now switch over to RTE 1 around 3.10 to get live coverage from the Gaelic Grounds.

Tipperary have named an unchanged team which means Gerry Kennedy continues in goal in place of Brendan Cummins.

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