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Posted: July 11, 2018By Enda McEvoy
Posted: July 11, 2018
Now that the Super 8's is about to take off over the next month, we know all the major superstars on each team, but here are some of the more obscure talents who are about to announce their talents on the national stage after doing it over the last number of weeks. Can we look beyond the usual suspects from Kerry and Dublin? Who are the Roscommon and Kildare players that might hit the headlines?
Posted: July 06, 2018By Declan Bogue
Posted: July 06, 2018By: Enda McEvoy
Posted: June 29, 2018
And then there were two. Six counties started out in the Joe McDonagh Cup back at the start of May - Antrim, Meath, Westmeath, Kerry, Carlow and Laois. Two remain to slug out the final on Sunday. Antrim face a relegation/promotion play off with Kildare in Armagh that already has generated rumblings of discontent and Meath are relegated. Next year under the current format, Offaly will join the ranks of the Joe McDonagh with Carlow or Westmeath promoted.
The competition by all accounts showcased some high quality hurling which unfortunately didn’t receive the broadcast coverage it deserved.
The final on Sunday clashes with the Munster hurling final which hasn’t endeared the fixture planners to hurling fans, and with Meath already relegated the hurlers of Antrim face off in Armagh on Saturday against Kildare, the winners of the Christy Ring Cup.
Asking a Cup winning team to play again to secure promotion or relegation has always smacked of afterthought and t
Posted: June 29, 2018By: Enda McEvoy
The scheduling of the two matches leaves much to be desired – no way should the Munster and Leinster finals be taking place on the same afternoon, end of – but no matter. Super Sunday beckons.
Clare versus Cork in Semple Stadium at 2pm. Galway versus Kilkenny in Croke Park at 4pm. Unless you’re a hurling fan blessed with the gift of bilocation, a large-screen TV will be your only man.
Are we in for two crackers? Probably not. The reader is long enough on the road at this stage to know that most highly anticipated matches tend not to live up to expectations. Then again, to assert that both of these are highly anticipated matches may be overdoing it.
Granted, Clare/Cork was sold out by the middle of last week, a natural postscript to the roaring success of the inaugural round robin in Munster. The fixture is a repeat of last year’s provincial decider, so it’s not as though there’s a fresh item – such as a
Posted: June 29, 2018By Declan Bogue
THE recent appearance of Jim McGuinness across the media is bound to cause a flutter of annoyance for the Dublin football project.
There had been whispers and rumours that he had been involved in the current set-up, but the current evidence is compelling. A photograph doing the rounds of a Belfast hotel lobby of McGuinness standing up, talking to the seated Donegal manager Declan Bonner and selector Paul McGonigle - who served in the same role for McGuiness in 2014 - had been intriguing, but the other day those suspicions were put to him.
"No, no coaching sessions," he said. Asked had he given a talk to the group, he smiled and repeated, "No coaching sessions." Which leaves things as obvious as you can get them.
He said during an interview with Ger Gilroy on Off The Ball that a number of senior players had a drink on Monday and decided to call him up for a chat, enthusing that the Ulster final win had "felt like t
Posted: June 22, 2018We spoke to our O’Neills ambassador Lee Chin who’s getting himself into Championship mode with Wexford. In his first conversation with O’Neills, Lee shares his memories of growing up in Wexford, starting out in his hurling career with his hurling club Faythe Harriers and his thoughts on trying to balance hurling and football in the modern game.
I played all sports growing up. It wasn’t any different to any other childhood that any person had I suppose. I grew up in Wolfetone Villas in Wexford, it was a very family oriented estate, and pretty much everyone that lived there when I was grown up was born there. You could head away for a holiday for a weekend and leave your front door open it was that kind of place. My mother grew up in the estate. Growing up there we got up to everything out on the street hurling, football, soccer, tennis basketball, my childhood memory is that you would be out on the street with your friends orga
Posted: June 22, 2018By Declan Bogue
THOSE that are involved in coaching at inter-county level tend to be a driven, intense group. In different yet similar ways Carlow and Galway have been to the forefront of the story so far this summer. There is plenty of evidence of information-sharing and reading lists passed around among coaches, speckled with the names of great coaches from varied disciplines such as Vince Lombardi, Pat Riley and the lives of great generals and samurais. To do a job like coaching inter-county requires a lot of evenings out of the family home, often lengthy commutes and the capacity to hold the attention and sympathy of over 30 players, highly-driven and competitive in their own right.
For some odd reason, the target for criticism from certain sections of the media has focussed on the role of the team trainer this year, rather than the hardly perennial of the manager. Every year it seems there is a new target. It was diving
Posted: June 22, 2018By: Enda McEvoy
We knew the Munster round robin would be interesting. We never dreamed it would be this much fun. And whether it’s a man in red or a man in saffron and blue who lifts the silverware on July 1st, this will be a hard earned and richly deserved title.
Clare began the championship with a defeat on Leeside. It could have broken their spirit and ended their season. Instead it proved a springboard for three wins on the bounce. The Banner are going better than they hav