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New Poll: Who’ll win the Hurling League
January 30th, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

The poll about who’ll win the club title has been running long enough. The results are 40% picking Portumna and roughly 20% for each of the other three, Birr, Dunloy and Loughmore Castleiney. I don’t think there’s much doubt that Portumna are the hot favourites but you never know what can happen in the club semi finals.

The new poll is pretty basic - who’ll win the league. Pretty sure Kilkenny and Waterford will be top of the voting on this one.

Christy Ring film on Youtube
January 28th, 2008. [ Comments: 2 ]

Not much happening yet, , Antrim will play Offaly in the Walsh cup decider which will be held in Antrim and . The whole country must be sick of their agressive prima donna attitude.

As a reminder to them what real hurlers are about and some class and honour in a Cork hurler here’s part of TG4’s Ringy documentary on the greatest hurler ever. Someone has uploaded this great film to but split into 6 parts because of youtube’s time restrictions.

The links to all 6 parts are:

GAA special congress rejects under 19 grade
January 26th, 2008. [ Comments: 2 ]

The special congress of the GAA has to replace the minor and under 21 grades. The motion which was seeking to address the current hot topic of player burnout lost out by 115 votes to 58 which is a pretty comprehensive 2 to 1 defeat.

A with a large majority. There’ll be plenty of county managers complaining about that one but it’s a good move. The inter county season was getting out of control.

Video of DJ Carey’s great goal against Antrim
January 25th, 2008. [ Comments: 3 ]

Just spotted this on youtube - a somewhat grainy clip of DJ Carey’s brilliant goal where he pulled on a cross ball first time, it hit the cross bar and came back to him and he reacted and batted it to the net. Always good to be reminded of moments of hurling magic, especially at this time of year when everyone is slogging in the mud and working on fitness.

Antrim beat Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup
January 21st, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

Antrim started their year in great style by springing a surprise and . The Cats were only just back from holidays and these early season competitions will always throw up unusual results but it’s still always good to see one of the middle tier teams like Antrim beat one of the powerhouses like Kilkenny.

Elsewhere Davy Fitzgerald’s LIT showed their strength by pushing Waterford right to the wire in the semi final of the Waterford Crystal tournament. They’ll surely be favourites to lift the Fitzgibbon again this year. Saw a small bit of it on TG4 and the most bizaare thing I saw was Eoin Kelly having lost his hurl attempt some karate style studs first high kick tackle on one of the LIT guys. He was lucky he didn’t get a red card for it. Waterford will need him to keep his head screwed on straight if they want to go all the way this year.

Hurling Fixtures for January 19th/20th
January 17th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The main fixtures this upcoming weekend are the Waterford Crystal semi finals and the start of the Walsh Cup.

Saturday January 19th
Waterford Crystal Tournament Semi Final
Tipperary v Cork IT (Templemore, 2pm)

Sunday January 20th
Waterford Crystal Tournament Semi Final
Waterford v Limerick IT (Dungarvan, 2pm)

Walsh Cup
Kilkenny v Antrim (Freshford, 2pm)
Offaly v Down (Tullamore, 1pm)
UCD v Dublin (O’Tooles, 2pm)
Wexford v Laois (Monamolin, 2pm)

First Hurling of the New Year
January 3rd, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

We had the first game of the new year in the Waterford Crystal hurling tournament down in Waterford on Wednesday night when Waterford beat Waterford IT by 2-15 to 1-10. After the disappointing end to last year can the Deise men go all the way this year? They’re starting out in the right vein anyway!



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