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LIT and WIT win Fitzgibbon Semi Finals
February 29th, 2008. [ Comments: 2 ]

Limerick IT and Waterford IT won today’s Fitzgibbon cup semi finals in Cork.

LIT beat GMIT by 3 points, 3-10 to 2-10. LIT were ahead by 13 points at one stage but in the end were holding on for dear life. Given that GMIT were missing Andrew O’Shaughnessy it’s a great performance from them. UPDATE: Turns out you can’t believe anything these days, O’Shaughnessy actually started and played the whole game…

The other game was close all the way through. WIT just held on by two points, 2-14 to 1-15.

Set’s up a great final between LIT and WIT tomorrow at 3pm. It’s live on TG4.

Repeat of their group stage clash which WIT won by a point

Andrew O’Shaughnessy has Broken Toe
February 29th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Just saw this reported over , Andrew O’Shaughnessy broke his toe during training the other night. Apparently they only realised the extent of it when they x rayed it last night. It means he can’t play for Galway Mayo IT in the Fitzgibbon cup, they were due to play LIT today in the semi finals. As if that wasn’t bad enough for GMIT apparently Conor Kavanagh misses out too due to a broken jaw. That all but ends their chances of causing an upset, LIT should have a much easier passage to the final now.

UPDATE: Turns out both guys played in the semi finals… not sure what the full story is here…

Davy Fitzgerald is back but for how long?
February 28th, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

Davy Fitzgerald will return to the Clare team for a tournament game on Sunday against Kilkenny. However for the county. He had a real bad finger injury a while back and it seems unlikely he’ll make a full recovery. If it is the end at least he gets one last run out against a top class team. I’d regard him as one of the best goalies ever, he could be annoying as hell to listen to but he had super reflexes, could drive the ball a mile and hammer home the odd penalty aswell.

Lidl To Stock Hurling Equipment
February 27th, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

In an interesting conincidence, just as I’d posted earlier in the week about buying some hurling gear online, it now seems that Lidl are to stock hurling gear endorsed by Brian Corcoran (You can’t keep the Cork boys out of the news!). There’s hurls, helmets, sliotars and gloves included. The adult hurls are €17.99 and the sliotars are €6.99. It’s a great move from the discount supermarket group to make hurling gear more widely available and at pretty decent prices. Check out the . They go on sale from Monday March 3rd.

Fitzgibbon Cup Finals Weekend
February 27th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The only hurling action of note this weekend is the Fitzgibbon cup down in CIT. The semi finals are on Friday and the final on Saturday. by showing the final live (it’s at 3pm).

Presumably Limerick IT are the favourites to retain their title. They play surprise packets Galway Mayo IT in the first semi. WIT having already clashed with LIT in the group stages might be fancying their chances of getting back to the final and having another shot at them.

Friday February 29th
Fitzgibbon Cup Semi Finals
Limerick IT v GMIT (1pm, Cork IT)
Waterford IT v UCC (3pm, Cork IT)

Saturday March 1st
Fitzgibbon Cup Final
LIT/GMIT v WIT/UCC (3pm, Cork IT)

Buy Hurling Equipment Online
February 26th, 2008. [ Comments: 2 ]

Can’t find the right hurls or sliotars at your local supplier? Or just too lazy to go to the shop? Well here’s a couple of online stores where you can buy hurls, helmets, sliotars, grips and other hurling and gaa gear over the web.

Scullion Hurls which are based up in Antrim look a very good hurling supplier with everything from hurls and grips to hurley repair kits and linseed oil.
Elverys has everything you’ll find in the real stores and more.
The GaaStore (not an offical GAA site) has a wide range of gear.
The rest are mostly specialist helmet or sliotar providers although they do have some crossover.

Portumna and Birr win Club Semi Finals
February 25th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

No surprises in the club semi finals as Portumna and Birr both came through without any major difficulty. Watched a repeat of the Portumna Loughmore game on TG4 and it wasn’t great. We saw more of the ref and his umpires than we did of any great play. and his early goal was one of the decisive plays of the game. He ended up with 1-9 of which 1-3 was from play.
seems to have been the key to the Birr win.

Portumna 2-13 Loughmore-Castleiney 2-9
Birr 0-17 Dunloy 0-9

Fitzgibbon Cup 2008
February 22nd, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals were played during the week. The results were

Limerick IT 2-10 UCD 0-11
Galway Mayo IT 2-13 Cork IT 2-12
Waterford IT 3-15 Dublin IT 1-7
UCC 3-16 St. Pats/Mater Dei 1-15

The finals weekend is on in Cork IT over 1st and 2nd of March.
The unlucky hosts lost out by a point .

The semi final line up sees holders Limerick IT play GMIT and Waterford IT play UCC.

Hurling Fixtures for February 24th
February 21st, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

It’s the senior club semi finals this weekend, both on Sunday at 2pm. Looks like TG4 are showing the bloody football live instead although they seem to be offering highlights or a delayed showing later in the afternoon. Setanta seem to be showing a replay of Birr Dunloy on Tuesday at 4.40pm.

over the re-fixture but it doesn’t seem like it’ll happen.

Portumna v Loughmore-Castleiney (in Limerick at 2pm)

Birr v Dunloy (in Clones at 2pm)

Hurling League Team of the Week
February 20th, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

No sign of Setanta updating their team of the week for round 2 of the league so i’ll do the HurlingBlog team of the week here. Based on watching the Tipperary Limerick game and all the reports on the other games and only considering division 1. No doubt it’s far from perfect and it needed a few positional adjustments but it’ll be a useful form tracker when we’re looking back on the league later.

Dave Bulfin (Limerick);
Sean Cummins (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Sean Delargy (Antrim);
Paddy Vaughan (Clare), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Benny Dunne (Tipp);
Simon McRory (Antrim), Colin Lynch (Clare);
David Franks (Offaly), Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny), Karl Stewart (Antrim);
Eoin Kelly (Tipp), Ger Farragher (Galway), Mark Flaherty (Clare)

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