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Cork beat Waterford in playoff
March 30th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Sundays Hurling Results

NHL Division 1A Play Off
Waterford 1-19 Cork 2-17

NHL Division 3
Tyrone 1-12 Longford 2-6

Cork Waterford playoff moved to Walsh Park
March 26th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The league playoff between Cork and Waterford has been moved from Limerick to Walsh Park in Waterford. Makes more sense, although they should just have tossed a coin to decide the placings altogether!

Sunday’s Fixtures:
Division 1A Play Off
Waterford v Cork (Walsh Park, 2.30pm)

Division 3
Tyrone v Longford (Omagh, 2.30pm)

Whining Wexford not happy with relegation
March 26th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Wexford are up in arms over the fact that they are being relegated to Division 2. What’s their problem? - Both they and Dublin played their full complement of 5 games and ended up with 3 points each and as per GAA rules the team with the better scoring difference (i.e. Dublin) comes first. The Cork and Waterford playoff situation is stupid but it has no bearing on the Wexford Dublin issue. Wexford are just whinging becausing they’re going to be in Division 2 next year - well if they’d played a little better during their 5 games they wouldn’t have had to worry. There has to be some form of relegation or the league is pointless. So what Wexford are really saying is that they’re too traditional a county to go down and they want to play off with Dublin in the hope they can beat them and send Dublin down instead!

The league is hard to get exactly right but everyone knew well in advance the situation and Wexford have no one but themselves to blame for getting relegated.

League Knockout Stages
March 25th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Division 1
Cork and Waterford playoff to decide 2nd and 3rd in group A.
The winners will play Limerick and the losers play Tipperary in quarter finals. Galway and Kilkenny sit in wait in the semi finals.

Division 2
Semi Finals - Carlow v Kerry and Westmeath v Down

Division 3
Final - Donegal v Louth

Division 4
Final - South Down v Monaghan

Are Down the first county to have teams in the knockout stages of 2 different divisions?

Cork and Waterford to playoff
March 25th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Following the confusion over final placings in Division 1A of the league that Cork and Waterford will play off to decide 2nd and 3rd places while Dublin finish ahead of Wexford on scoring difference.

The Cork Waterford play off will be in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick next Sunday at 3pm. Seems a bit stupid having a playoff after 5 rounds of league action - it’s basically a cop out from failing to deal with the Cork strike situation properly. Justin McCarthy is already on record as .

Dublin get to stay in Division 1 next year while Wexford are relegated to Division 2 with Laois, Offaly and Antrim.

However Wexford are appealing the fact that Waterford and Kilkenny got 2 points without having to play Cork so there could be more twists in this yet.

Weekend Fixtures for March 23rd
March 20th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

It’s Round 5 of the National League this weekend (the final round). Plenty still to be decided in all divisions so should be a good weekend’s action. You can check for a full breakdown of what can happen in each group. Doesn’t appear to be any live game on TG4 but they are showing delayed coverage of Limerick v Galway.

Saturday March 22nd
Division 2B
Down v London (2pm, Newry)

Sunday March 23rd (all games at 2.30pm)
Division 1A
Kilkenny v Antrim (Nowlan Park)
Waterford v Dublin (Walsh Park)
Cork v Wexford (Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Division 1B
Tipperary v Laois (Cashel)
Limerick v Galway (Gaelic Grounds)
Offaly v Clare (Tullamore)

Division 2A
Kerry v Mayo (Tralee)
Wicklow v Roscommon (Aughrim)
Westmeath v Kildare (Cusack Park Mullingar)

Division 2B
Armagh v Meath (Keady)
Carlow v Derry (Dr. Cullen Park)

Division 3
Sligo v Donegal (Markievicz Park)
Longford v Louth (Pearse Park)

Division 4
Cavan v Monaghan (Kingspan Breffni Park)
Leitrim v South Down (Carrick On Shannon)

New Sponsors for the Hurling Championship
March 19th, 2008. [ Comments: 3 ]

Nickey Brennan today. Guinness were the sole sponsors but now it’s Guinness, RTE and Etihad Airways. It’ll now be known as the “GAA Hurling All Ireland Championship”. The new format takes effect from this season. The football is being sponsored by Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone.

is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. It’s certainly novel to see someone like that involved!

Ash for Hurls coming from abroad
March 19th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

There’s a bit of fuss kicked up at the moment ir relation to where the ash used in hurl making comes from. In particular over in England will no doubt rile some traditionalists. There was also a story in the papers recently of hurls coming from Poland.

It’s obvious Ireland doesn’t have enough ash to produce hurls so the most of it is imported from around Europe including the UK. The work with who import the timber in the round and then plank it on request. Coillte have also been trying to plant ash on a large scale so that we can have home produced timber again in the next decade or so.

The greater concern though is hurls being produced abroad and then imported to Ireland. No doubt some of the cheaper economies out there like Eastern Europe can produce hurls at a fraction the cost of what it takes here, and then someone can import them and still make a sizable profit. The quality of the wood and workmanship in cases like this would be very questionable.

GAA approve grants scheme
March 18th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Good news today for the players as the to players. The GPA are naturally delighted with the decision which will see players getting between €1400 and €2500 depending on performance.

Hopefully this will shut up some of the anti grants groups, like that OfOneBelief crowd, although no doubt they’ll find some other avenue to lodge an objection or complaint to stall the process. The GAA continues to lead the way as the most progressive sporting organization in Ireland.

UPDATE (March 20th): They’re bloody well . This group is crazy. Their anti any form of progress in the GAA, which is obvious from a quote by their leader, a Mark Conway, who said ““I disagreed with the opening of Croke Park…”, no doubt they disagreed with getting rid of the ban on foreign sports and the ban on the Northern police back in the days.

St. Patricks Weekend Hurling Results
March 17th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

again after a strong second half sees off Birr. The leagues are taking shape with only one round of games left and Kilkenny continue to look invincible.

The League Tables are updated.

Monday March 17th
All Ireland Senior Club Final
Portumna 3-19 Birr 3-9

Sunday March 16th
NHL Round 4
Division 1A
Antrim 1-7 Cork 1-24
Kilkenny 0-25 Waterford 0-14
Wexford 2-9 Dublin 0-15

Division 1B
Clare 0-17 Tipperary 1-14
Laois 0-8 Galway 6-26
Offaly 1-17 Limerick 5-19

Division 2A
Kildare 0-11 Kerry 4-13
Westmeath 3-19 Wicklow 0-9

Division 2B
Carlow 3-13 Armagh 1-10
Derry 2-19 Down 3-14
London 1-7 Meath 1-20

Division 3
Donegal 0-16 Longford 0-13
Louth 3-11 Tyrone 3-9
Sligo Bye

Division 4
Fermanagh 2-12 Leitrim 1-8
South Down 4-15 Cavan 1-9
Monaghan Bye

Saturday March 15th
Division 2A
Mayo 2-17 Roscommon 0-9

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