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So, whose going to win it, who will play in the final and who will finish 3rd? And why?
For me, Galway/Kilkenny final, Kilkenny to win it, and my own Model Men to come 3rd.

Pinkie (Wexford) - Posts: 4100 - 08/05/2018 15:40:24    2097317

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Replying To Pinkie:  "So, whose going to win it, who will play in the final and who will finish 3rd? And why?
For me, Galway/Kilkenny final, Kilkenny to win it, and my own Model Men to come 3rd."
Looking at it from outside the province, I would think you are probably correct, going on present form. If Galway could set their minds on it, they might win it, but I think their minds are now on All-Irelands and that a slop-up in Leinster won't be fatal.

Midleton (Cork) - Posts: 570 - 08/05/2018 20:40:05    2097397

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it is impossible to call this,for example dublin COULD beat kilkenny on sunday,it is the most likely time for them to be beaten although i think galway will beat them too.
i cant see us going to kilkenny after 3 games the 3 previous weeks and winning.
so for me,it is galway - kilkenny - wexford,but do not rule out offaly or dublin throwing the cat (and not of the kilkenny variety) among the pigeons and in particular in parnell/tullamore.

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 2939 - 09/05/2018 08:55:20    2097440

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I dont think this weekend will tell us much as I expect teams to improve as they get games under their belt. I expect Dublin might give KK a big scare this weekend but KK to shade it.

Personally I'll go for a repeat of last years final with Galway to win it again...and KK to come through in 3rd.
For me the cship should suit Galway down to the ground.
It probably makes no sense but from what I've seen so far I have Galway as warm favs for the All Ireland and I think the new system this year will ease them into the year perfectly. Wexford's aim has to be to get back to a Leinster again and I fancy them to get past KK.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2481 - 09/05/2018 12:29:50    2097521

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I fancy Wexford to make the final again. It will be tough for them playing four games in 21 days but the run of fixtures could be worse. They have both Dublin and Galway at home, then us away before they play Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. You're looking at the Galway game as you would expect Wexford to have enough for Dublin and Offaly. Beating Galway in the league was a huge psychological boost for them and that win could stand to them. And as Midleton says maybe Galway minds are now set on All-Irelands rather than winning Leinster titles.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 372 - 09/05/2018 13:55:35    2097560

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "I fancy Wexford to make the final again. It will be tough for them playing four games in 21 days but the run of fixtures could be worse. They have both Dublin and Galway at home, then us away before they play Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. You're looking at the Galway game as you would expect Wexford to have enough for Dublin and Offaly. Beating Galway in the league was a huge psychological boost for them and that win could stand to them. And as Midleton says maybe Galway minds are now set on All-Irelands rather than winning Leinster titles."
Funnily, I would say the draw we got will go against us. You've got the order wrong though PortInFaithful.
We play Dublin at home (which we should win), Offaly away (which is going to be tougher than I think people expect and I do not rule out a surprise here), then Galway at home and Kilkenny away. I fear we could be a tired team before we head for Nowlan Park, similar to what happened in the league. I would have loved a week off in the middle.

Pinkie (Wexford) - Posts: 4100 - 09/05/2018 14:35:32    2097578

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Replying To Pinkie:  "Funnily, I would say the draw we got will go against us. You've got the order wrong though PortInFaithful.
We play Dublin at home (which we should win), Offaly away (which is going to be tougher than I think people expect and I do not rule out a surprise here), then Galway at home and Kilkenny away. I fear we could be a tired team before we head for Nowlan Park, similar to what happened in the league. I would have loved a week off in the middle."
Yes, mixed up the Galway and Offaly fixtures. Wexford have us away on May 26th before the Galway game the following weekend. A lot of games in a short space of time for Wexford but three wins and you're in a strong position heading for Nowlan Park. Offaly are very capable of pulling off a championship upset. We'll see how we get on against Galway on Saturday evening. It's been a while since Offaly and Wexford met in the Leinster championship.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 372 - 09/05/2018 15:14:17    2097593

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Hard to say, Galway have not shown their hand at all in any shape or form since last September, so the big question remains to be seen, as in will they have the same drive and detrmination as last year. If they have they will be there or thereabouts, you would expect a Galway v Kikenny final, but a Galway v Wexford or Kilkenny v Wexford final would be no great shock to anyone. Peronsally I think that if Galway beat Kilkenny in Salthill it will show that the same drive is there as last year, not to mention it will be their first time beating Kilkenny since 2012, and should set them up nicely for this season. Wexford also need to build on their good league form, and they would fancy themselves against either Galway or KIlkenny in a Leinster final.

gilly2308 (Galway) - Posts: 1176 - 10/05/2018 16:51:39    2097922

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Dublin are being bullish but that could all change after Sunday. I think Offaly or Dublin will finish last.

Hard to know between the other three. It could be decided by head to head or points difference for the final. I think Kilkenny will be in the final and i'm nearly tempted to go with Wexford. On that basis, i'll go Kilkenny to win Leinster, Wexford runners up and Galway 3rd. I still wouldn't rule Galway out for the All-Ireland, they come come roaring back through the back door.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2316 - 10/05/2018 19:04:07    2097955

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Replying To Killarney.87:  "Dublin are being bullish but that could all change after Sunday. I think Offaly or Dublin will finish last.

Hard to know between the other three. It could be decided by head to head or points difference for the final. I think Kilkenny will be in the final and i'm nearly tempted to go with Wexford. On that basis, i'll go Kilkenny to win Leinster, Wexford runners up and Galway 3rd. I still wouldn't rule Galway out for the All-Ireland, they come come roaring back through the back door."
Yes for some strange reason Dublin have been bullish in their public comments. Even Anthony Cunningham, whom you would think would know better, has been talking up their chances. They'd be far better off downplaying their chances on Sunday. The last time Dublin hurlers talked an excess of confidence before they played Kilkenny they were hammered out the door in a Leinster final.

The key game in Leinster this year is the Galway vs Kilkenny match in Salthill. If Galway win that they'll be in the Leinster final, probably against KK. If we lose it I think the best we'll finish is third...it will be a KK vs Wexford final and we'll be scrapping most probably with Dublin for third place. But we should at least achieve that target.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1081 - 10/05/2018 19:54:23    2097964

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Yes for some strange reason Dublin have been bullish in their public comments. Even Anthony Cunningham, whom you would think would know better, has been talking up their chances. They'd be far better off downplaying their chances on Sunday. The last time Dublin hurlers talked an excess of confidence before they played Kilkenny they were hammered out the door in a Leinster final.

The key game in Leinster this year is the Galway vs Kilkenny match in Salthill. If Galway win that they'll be in the Leinster final, probably against KK. If we lose it I think the best we'll finish is third...it will be a KK vs Wexford final and we'll be scrapping most probably with Dublin for third place. But we should at least achieve that target."
I can't see Dublin getting near Kilkenny. I think it is bullish talk out of desperation and bluff. They were very poor in the league and their forwards look light, the Kilkenny backs will eat them alive. They wouldn't want to underestimate Offaly again.

Yeah, that's my thoughts too on Galway/Kilkenny/Wexford. I think Kilkenny will beat Dublin, Offaly, and Wexford. The game in Salthill will be huge, I hope it is a sellout and I'd be surprised if it is not.

Where I am going with Wexford is they have a good chance of beating Galway in Wexford Park. They have a strong record there under Davy so they won't fear Galway. You'd imagine they should beat Offaly and Dublin.

Galway might be better off coasting through Leinster and then going hell for leather at the business end of the championship. Even if they are undercooked for Leinster confidence and muscle memory from last year will see them over the line in Leinster.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2316 - 11/05/2018 02:42:48    2098008

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The key game in Leinster this year is the Galway vs Kilkenny match in Salthill. If Galway win that they'll be in the Leinster final, probably against KK. If we lose it I think the best we'll finish is third...it will be a KK vs Wexford final and we'll be scrapping most probably with Dublin for third place. But we should at least achieve that target.
PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 939 - 10/05/2018 19:54:23 2097964


Yeah I would agree with that. Funnily, I am more worried about our trip to Offaly than I am about our home game v Galway. I am also afraid that playing Galway and Kilkenny within 7 days will be too much - if we had Galway 2nd, then Offaly, then Kilkenny, I would have preferred it.

But it is what it is, I can't wait for it to get underway and it is an exciting new structure, may the best team win!

Pinkie (Wexford) - Posts: 4100 - 11/05/2018 09:41:49    2098046

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Replying To Killarney.87:  "I can't see Dublin getting near Kilkenny. I think it is bullish talk out of desperation and bluff. They were very poor in the league and their forwards look light, the Kilkenny backs will eat them alive. They wouldn't want to underestimate Offaly again.

Yeah, that's my thoughts too on Galway/Kilkenny/Wexford. I think Kilkenny will beat Dublin, Offaly, and Wexford. The game in Salthill will be huge, I hope it is a sellout and I'd be surprised if it is not.

Where I am going with Wexford is they have a good chance of beating Galway in Wexford Park. They have a strong record there under Davy so they won't fear Galway. You'd imagine they should beat Offaly and Dublin.

Galway might be better off coasting through Leinster and then going hell for leather at the business end of the championship. Even if they are undercooked for Leinster confidence and muscle memory from last year will see them over the line in Leinster."
I actually fancy Dublin to give KK an almighty scare and run them very close. I went for a KK by 1-5 in the prediction competition but I wouldnt be one bit surprised if they pull off a huge shock.
There's probably very little logic to that line of thinking but I just have a feeling people might be surprised by how close this one will be.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2481 - 11/05/2018 11:50:18    2098417

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Yes for some strange reason Dublin have been bullish in their public comments. Even Anthony Cunningham, whom you would think would know better, has been talking up their chances. They'd be far better off downplaying their chances on Sunday. The last time Dublin hurlers talked an excess of confidence before they played Kilkenny they were hammered out the door in a Leinster final.

The key game in Leinster this year is the Galway vs Kilkenny match in Salthill. If Galway win that they'll be in the Leinster final, probably against KK. If we lose it I think the best we'll finish is third...it will be a KK vs Wexford final and we'll be scrapping most probably with Dublin for third place. But we should at least achieve that target."
I cant see anything but Galway finishing the Leinster cship undefeated. If they were to lose a game i'd expect it to be against Wexford in the group stages.
I still think KK have a bit to do to get to their level but will be an interesting Leinster cship

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2481 - 11/05/2018 12:07:43    2098471

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I think we'll put in a decent performance on Sunday but don't expect to beat Kilkenny.

Galway, Kilkenny and Wexford to be the top three with ourselves and Offaly scrapping it out at the bottom. The Offaly game is our biggest game in years, bigger than the Leinster Finals and All-Ireland Semi-Finals.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12047 - 11/05/2018 12:16:12    2098497

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Very little hype or coverage given to Offaly V Galway in Tullamore this evening???

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3764 - 12/05/2018 13:43:40    2099812

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On second thoughts, anyone except Roscommon or Armagh could win it.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3764 - 12/05/2018 13:53:14    2099813

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Wrong thread!

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3764 - 12/05/2018 13:54:03    2099814

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Galway won easily in Tullamore though Offaly player well in the first half.

Offaly goalie had a great game. Made a number of excellent saves including a penalty from Canning and a brilliant reaction save from Glynn.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12047 - 12/05/2018 22:26:38    2099901

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Replying To keeper7:  "Very little hype or coverage given to Offaly V Galway in Tullamore this evening???"
desperate,the all ireland champions make their championship bow and not a dicky bird about it.
but for the fact that i was following wexford football match,i would not have known it was on.

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 2939 - 13/05/2018 10:28:54    2099931

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