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Confirmation of next weekend’s fixtures
July 30th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Saturday August 4th

Minor Semi-Final
Dublin v Cork (7pm, Portlaoise)

U-21 B Final
Roscommon v Kerry (3.45pm, Thurles)

Sunday August 5th

Christy Ring Final
Kildare v Westmeath (12.15pm, Croke Park)

All Ireland Semi-Final
Kilkenny v Wexford (2pm, Croke Park)

All Ireland Quarter-Final Replay
Waterford v Cork (4pm, Croke Park)

Waterford Cork replay for next Sunday in Croke Park
July 30th, 2007. [ Comments: 1 ]

Looks like the GAA have decided on the unusual move of putting the Waterford Cork quarter final replay on with the Kilkenny Wexford semi final next Sunday. And in a move that seems like a kick in the teeth to Leinster hurling and to the Christy Ring cup, the replay will take main billing at 4pm, the semi moves to 2pm and the Christy Ring final gets shunted to 12.15 and an empty stadium.

Quarter Final Results
July 30th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16
Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16
Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18

Semi-final line up:
Kilkenny v Wexford
Limerick v Cork/Waterford

Quarter Final Team News
July 25th, 2007. [ Comments: none ]

Cork have made a few changes to their line-up for Sunday’s clash with Waterford. Captain Kieran Murphy is replaced by Timmy McCarthy and the captaincy goes to Joe Deane, Tom Kenny returns to midfield in place of Kevin Hartnett and Shane O’Neill and Barry Murphy replace Cian O’Connor and Shane Murphy in the corner back slots.

Cork: D Og Cusack; S O Neill, D O Sullivan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O Hailpin; T Kenny, J O Connor; B O Connor, T McCarthy, P Cronin; N Ronan, K Murphy (Sars), J Deane (capt).

Damien Reale returns to the Limerick team in place of Mark O’Riordan and Kevin Tobin replaces Barry Foley at corner forward.

Limerick: B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, S Hickey; P Lawlor, B Geary, M Foley; D O’Grady, M O’Brien; M Fitzgerald, O Moran, N Moran; A O’Shaughnessy, B Begley, K Tobin.

Eoin Kelly remains among the subs for Tipperary.

Tipperary: G Kennedy; E Buckley, D Fanning, A Byrne; E Corcoran, C O’Mahony, S Maher; H Maloney, S Butler; J Carroll, B Dunne (Capt), D Hickey; L Corbett, D Egan, W Ryan.

Wexford are unchanged from their initial line up.

Wexford: D Fitzhenry; M Travers, K Rossiter, P Roche; R Kehoe, D Ruth, D Lyng; D Stamp, R McCarthy; E Quigley, M Jordan, S Nolan; B Lambert, M Jacob, R Jacob.

Quarter Final Betting and Predictions
July 25th, 2007. [ Comments: 1 ]

With all 4 quarter-finals on this weekend in Croke Park we have a feast of top class hurling in store. The Kilkenny/Galway and Tipperary/Wexford betting odds haven’t changed much since our last report, both Kilkenny and Tipperary are clear favourites. However the two games on Sunday are much tighter with no standout favourite.

Both games are offering similar odds with Limerick slight favourties at 10/11 over Clare at 11/10 and Waterford at 5/6 over Cork at 11/10. It’s a tough job to call either of those games and the odds reflect that.

Limerick really need to beat Clare or their epic win over Tipp counts for very little, however I have a feeling Clare will sneak that one. Waterford have had a great year so far but they need to go on and lift the Liam McCarthy or they’ll feel like they’ve failed again. They have not done well in Croke Park over the years and I have a feeling that a Cork team who have been given a kick up the behind by the defeat to Tipp will avenge their Munster semi-final loss to the Deise.

On Saturday Tipperary should be too good for Wexford and they can always call Eoin Kelly off the bench if they’re in trouble. The big question with Kilkenny is how last weekend’s tragedy affects them. It’s bound to have shaken their concentration and it may open the door for Galway to catch them. It’ll be interesting to see what team selection and other ploys Ger Loughnane comes out with to upset the cats.

I’ll hazard a guess that the semi-final line up will show Kilkenny v Tipperary and Cork v Clare but the only betting I’d be doing is a few bob on Galway to win.

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