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Clare and Waterford teams
May 30th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The Clare and Waterford teams for Sunday’s Munster clash have been announced. A few new faces for both and Waterford are without Eoin Kelly and Ken McGrath.

P Brennan;
G O’Grady, F Lohan, D Clancy;
B Bugler, C Plunket, P Donlon;
B O’Connell, C Lynch;
D McMahon, T Griffin, J Clancy;
N Gilligan, T Carmody, M Flaherty.

C Hennessy;
B Phelan, K Moran, A Kearney;
T Browne, D Prendergast, J Kennedy;
M Walsh (Capt), D Bennett;
D Shanahan, G Hurney, S Molumphy;
J Mullane, S Prendergast, E McGrath

Gameball Episode 2
May 29th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Episode 2 of the features interviews with Henry Shefflin and Dan Shanahan. Henry’s back fit again and Dan’s trying to get over an injury. They were at the launch of that bizaare hurling cubed from Guinness.

Achilles Tendon Tear
May 27th, 2008. [ Comments: 2 ]

I’ve been laid low with suffered in a hurling league game last week so have missed out on site updates for the last few days. An annoying injury, puts an end to my hurling for the year. Doctors in the hospital don’t tell you much but there’s plenty of good info on the web such as these couple of blogs which are full of info on what to do post surgery, coping with a non weight bearing leg etc - and

Not that much has happened in the last week besides expected wins for Offaly and Dublin in Leinster and Derry and London in Ulster. Laois were pitiful against Offaly, hurling is in a bad way there right now. The Dubs looked good in the second half, hopefully they might carry that through against Wexford and make it into the Leinster final. That might temporarily shut up all those bemoaning the state of hurling.

Next up is the first major action of the summer with Clare and Waterford and a debut for . Looks like most of the Waterford injuries are clearing up just in time so they have to be heavy favourites for that.

Monaghan and London win in Ulster
May 18th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

Tyrone 1-6 London 2-13 ( )
Monaghan 1-15 Donegal 1-14 ( )

London have an easy enough win as expected while Monaghan pull off a bit of a surprise and edge out Donegal.

Gameball WebTV show
May 16th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

After mentioning a gaa podcast earlier in the week there’s now also a gaa webtv show called “Gameball” available on youtube. It’s a short magazine style show presented by Limerick camogie player Aoife Sheehan and seems to be produced by .

Here’s episode 1 which has a small chat with Kilkenny’s Cha Fitzpatrick about the 6:30 mark as well as some action from the gaa congress with a cringing victory speech from new president elect Christy Cooney (you’d swear he’d just won the All Ireland).

Episode 2 is pretty lame but presumably there’ll be more and better to come over the summer and anyway you can always just watch the bits with the lovely Aoife!

Ulster Championship Round 1
May 15th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

It’s round 1 proper of the Ulster championship this weekend, where Monaghan and Tyrone fresh from their narrow wins last Sunday face off against Donegal and London.

The draw seems to be gradually seeded from the weakest to the strongest. In the next round Derry and Armagh are waiting and in the semis Antrim and Down are there.

In league placings Monaghan won division 4 and Donegal were beaten in division 3 final, London finished bottom of division 2 without a point and Tyrone finished mid division 3. Presumably that makes Donegal and London favourites to advance but Monaghan and Tyrone have the advantage of those tough games last weekend to bring them up to championship pace.

Saturday May 17th
Monaghan v Donegal (Clones, 3.45pm)

Sunday May 18th
Tyrone v London (Omagh, 1.30pm)

Squareballz Podcast
May 15th, 2008. [ Comments: 1 ]

If you haven’t already done so check out the new GAA based podcast from the guys at . They’re up to episode 11 this week where they talk about New York’s place in the championship, the poor opening to the championship season, the Ulster hurling and some dodgy story in Limerick.

If you want to subscribe directly in Itunes, or your choice of player, the link is - http://squareball.podshowcreator.com/feed.aspx?feedid=1723

Monaghan and Tyrone win in Ulster
May 11th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

The hurling championship kind of started this weekend with wins for Monaghan and Tyrone up north. I say kind of because the Ulster championship has no bearing or place in the Liam McCarthy campaign. Antrim will be the only Ulster team competing there. Nonetheless the Ulster championship is being contested by all 9 counties and London which makes it the biggest provincial championship in hurling this year.

In the preliminary round Cavan were cruelly denied by a late late Monaghan goal and 14 man Tyrone held on to beat Fermanagh. Both results hold up the respective league form where Monaghan finished ahead of Cavan in division 4 and Tyrone were in division 3 ahead of Fermanagh who were in 4.

Ulster Championship Preliminary Round
Monaghan 2-15 Cavan 1-16 ( )
Tyrone 1-11 Fermanagh 2-7 ( )

Cincinnati Bengals Dhani Jones tries Hurling
May 9th, 2008. [ Comments: none ]

American football player from the is over in Ireland trying to play hurling as part of a reality TV program. Seems to be part of a series where he travels around spending a week trying new sports. He was playing rugby in England prior to trying the hurling.

He’s with the in Dublin preparing to play a challenge game against Celbridge on Saturday May10th. He’s been getting training from Lucan’s own county man John MacCaffrey and from the legendary DJ Carey.

It’s always interesting to see how a star from another sport manages with picking up hurling. Given it’s so hard for most Irish people to master it’s hard to believe someone else can. He seems to be doing ok though judging by the reports. I guess he’s already in great physical shape so he can concentrate on picking up the basic skills he needs. Apparently they’re going to give him just over half a game. Wonder what position he’ll play?

Here’s a clip from youtube of his rugby efforts, hopefully we’ll get some of his hurling soon.

Injury Worries for Waterford
May 9th, 2008. [ Comments: 3 ]

Waterford’s injuries are piling up ahead of their opening Munster clash with Clare on June 1st. Dan Shanahan is the latest onto the treatment table to go along with Eoin Kelly and Eoin Murphy. Paul Flynn is also out of the reckoning. Seems like they’ll be missing a lot of forward power for that game so there’ll be a lot of pressure on the likes of John Mullane and Seamus Prendergast to fill the gaps. Might leave the door open for Clare to spring a surprise. The word from the Clare camp all year is that they’re re-building but they’re always capable of pulling out a big game when they’re fired up enough.

Current odds on the game from have Waterford at 1-2 and Clare at 15-8 with the draw at 10-1

Mightn’t do Waterford any harm to get beaten and go into the qualifiers. Winning Munster has been no use to them in recent years and even though this year it has the prize of a straight semi final spot they’d still have to win 3 tough hard games to get that far. The losers of this Clare Waterford game will play the losers of Galway Antrim which in all fairness is going to be Antrim. So that’s a nice easy qualifier to get back on track with.

Speaking of Eoin Murphy, you can listen to him on . It’s epsiode 10. That site seems to be a new effort at some GAA related podcasts and the quality is getting better with each episode.
According to Eoin the Waterford squad is off for a bit of warm weather training next week. That should help cure some of the injuries!

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