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Back from week off
April 28th, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

Just back from holidays the last week - hence the lack of updates post league final.

Been reading Christy O’Connor’s book about hurling goalkeepers. It’s a great read, obligatory stuff for any hurling fan. Follows most of the main inter county keepers during the 2004 season, with their training, mental preparations and a look back at how they got to where they are. One bad thing that’s clear is that there’s a lot of shit fans out there who direct vicious abuse at some of these guys. Other conclusions to be drawn - Donal Og Cusack is an obsessive who over-trains, Davy Fitz is a total fanatic as we all know and Brendan Cummins is hugely superstitious - obviously greatness requires some strangeness!

Dublin City Council ban parking near Croke Park
April 18th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

It seems that Dublin City council have decided to give the two fingers to any GAA fan outside the pale by . It’s bad enough that fans were having their cars clamped for no good reason now they’ll have to try find new locations to park and then either walk ages or try battle with the hopeless transport system.

The idea might be ok in theory if there were suitable parking zones on the city limits and reliable transport straight to the ground but it just ain’t so.
So the Luas car park at the red cow will now be overflowing and the Luas trams will packed like cattle trailers.

It already costs a fortune as it is for people to get to Croker on match days and no doubt this will just add more to it. And after your epic journey to the wonderful stadium what do you get as refreshments ? - crappy dry burgers and over priced minerals. Woohooo. The stadium is great as a sporting venue but it’s facilities for the non corporate fan are shit and this is just another spit in the face.

Back to Thurles for all hurling games!!

Tipperary and Galways teams for League Final
April 18th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Tipp have made one change bringing in Willie Ryan to the full forward line at the expense of Tommy Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald seemed to do ok against Kilkenny, seems a bit harsh to be dropped unless he’s injured.
Galway are unchaged from their win over Cork.

B Cummins;
E Buckley, P Curran, C O’Brien;
E Corcoran, C O’Mahony, S Maher;
B Dunne, S McGrath;
S Butler, R O’Dwyer, J Woodlock;
E Kelly, L Corbett, W Ryan.

J Skehill;
C Dervan, T Regan, F Moore;
A Cullinane, J Lee, S Kavanagh;
K Hynes, R Murray;
G Farragher, F Healy, N Healy;
D Hayes, J Canning, I Tannian.

TV3’s Hurling Championship coverage
April 17th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Yesterday for the summer and there seems to be just 2 hurling games. They open with the Munster first round clash of Clare and Waterford on June 1st and then they have the Leinster final on the 6th of July. They have 10 games in total and the other 8 are from the football championship.

They’re using as their live match partner, who have been invovled in producing some other GAA content like Breaking Ball and Park Live.

Earlier in the year TV3 announced they’d have and for their hurling panel. Sounds like two good guys to have. Let’s just hope they find a decent presenter and commentator. Although with only two games they won’t be taxed too hard, and the Leinster final is a lame duck anyway - RTE are probably glad to be missing that one.

Helmets with Face Guards to be Compulsory
April 16th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

One of the motions passed at Congress over the weekend will mean that from 2010 all senior inter county players must wear helmets with face guards. Currently the rule applies up to the under 21 grade.

The days of bloodied faces should be a thing of the past. The likes of Waterford’s Ken McGrath and Dan Shanahan are two who spring to mind, McGrath regularly ends up with a bloody cut on his face at some stage of a match.

Hopefully along with this the GAA will get tough on fouls where helmets are pulled off, grabbing the face guard or sticking the butt of a hurl through the face guard. The guard being grabbed and ripped off is common occurence in dust ups and it’s never punished. Further proof of the lax attitude in the GAA to foul play. In other sports where face guards are used, e.g. American Football, grabbing hold of the face guard results in a big penalty.

Hurling Helmet with Faceguard

Ollie Canning returns to the Galway panel
April 15th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

More good news for Galway ahead of the league final as it seems to join the county panel. He won’t be in the team for Sunday’s league decider but he’ll be there for the championship. Having the two Cannings on boards really strengthens the Galway setup, Ollie adds a bit of class and toughness to the full back line and Joe brings his gifted talents to the forward line. Ger might actually deliver on his deadline of 2 years for an All-Ireland!

Hurling League Final in the Gaelic Grounds
April 14th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The Division 1 & 2 league finals are set for the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick next Sunday April 20th. Both games will be live on TG4.

Carlow v Westmeath is at 2.30pm and Galway v Tipp at 4.15pm.

Looking forward to it. Galway v Tipperary in a nice pairing in the middle of all this Kilkenny Cork dominance. Following on from Waterford winning the league last year it shows hurling ain’t doing too bad.

Nice to see Carlow in the Division 2 final, they’ve been making great progress at underage level. Themselves and Dublin are obviously doing a lot of good work with their underage systems (unlike ). Bodes well for the future in Leinster despite the current senior dominace by Kilkenny.

Sundays League Semi Final Results
April 13th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The “invincible” cats well beaten by Tipperary in Nowlan Park. Could have been by more but for a load of stupid decisions by referee Michael Wadding in favour of Kilkenny. Tipp’s full back Paul Curran got the TG4 man of the match after a towering display.
Maybe the all those idiots sounding the death knell for hurling can relax a bit with neither Kilkenny nor Cork in the league final.

It’s Galway v Tipperary for the Division 1 final.
It’s Westmeath v Carlow in the Division 2 final.
Louth win Division 3.
Monaghan win Division 4 after an epic struggle with South Down.

NHL Division 1 Semi Finals
Galway 2-22 Cork 0-24 ( )
Tipperary 1-15 Kilkenny 1-10 ( )

NHL Division 2 Semi Finals
Westmeath 2-24 Down 1-15
Carlow 1-16 Kerry 3-4

NHL Division 3 Final
Louth 1-16 Donegal 0-11

NHL Division 4 Final
Monaghan 1-27 South Down 5-14 (AET) ( )

Colleges A Final end in a draw
April 12th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

After Extra Time - De La Salle Waterford 2-12 Thurles CBS 1-15

At full time - De La Salle Waterford 2-7 Thurles CBS 1-10

Great game.

Johnstown win the Vocational Schools Final
April 12th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

All Ireland Vocationals Schools A Final in Nowlan Park
Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown 2-9 Borrisokane VS 3-4

A last minute goal from the full forward, doubling on a free lobbed into the goalmouth, gave Johnstown the win after Borrisokane had led for most of the game.

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