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Try Hurling 'Super 10' (incl Prov Championships) - 2 Like(s)

Replying To 73forever:  "Best Format I think for Hurling was the 2012 HDC proposal - 3 Groups of 5 teams- all rounb robins - each team has 2 home and 2 away games Group A(Cork, Tipp, Limerick, Clare, Waterford) - Munster Group B(Kilkenny, Wexford, Dublin, Galway, Offaly) - Leinster Group C(Laois, Westmeath, Carlow, Kerry, Antrim) - Other Two 2 in Group A and B meeting in 'Munster' and 'Leinster' Finals 3rd Place in Group A & B and Top 2 in Group C play off for quarter final spot against provincial runners up - provincial winners into semi final Bottom team in Group C releagted and Christy Ring winners promoted. Simple - provides a good amount of games, each game means something"
Yep I thought the same. My only change would be that the bottom team in B played top in C in playoff so likes of Laois or Carlow etc got a cracking at playing in leinster as a reward for a good year. Offaly nearly in group B based on traditional alone. No dig at Offaly just an observation based on last few years form.

Clareman (National) - 10/03/2017 11:13:37

Well Done Limerick - 2 Like(s)
A mighty win and well deserved. Ye won a great championship, enjoy the celebrations!!!!

Clareman (Limerick) - 20/08/2018 11:32:26

Meath V Clare - 2 Like(s)

Replying To cuttothebone:  "Something awful wrong with a system when either of these teams get in super 8's ahead of the likes Galway, Armagh or Cavan, but thems the breaks i suppose."
Clare have drawn with Armagh and Cavan in their last 2 league encounters and lost to Armagh in a very tight game last year int he qualifiers. Those teams are not that much better than Meath or Clare. Bar the top 6 or 7, there is very little between about the next 10 or 12 in mine opinion.

Clareman (National) - 08/07/2019 15:55:01

Limerick Hurling 2017 - 2 Like(s)
Lads Clare were 7/8 points better on the day. My take on Limerick is that ye have some superb young players but no game plan. I was expecting Kinnerk to bring something new to the table but it was the same brainless stuff of crazy wides and hitting aimless ball into nowhere. Bugler was dropped because of this for us. Ye have massive potential but ye need to establish what yer game plan is? Clare have a plan (im not too found of it) but at least they have one and they stick to it. Limerick won great ball in the air yesterday but did f all with it. That is where the inquest should focus on.

Clareman (Limerick) - 05/06/2017 21:09:05

Official Limerick Senior Hurling 2019 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To updwell:  "A win on Sunday and we're out of Munster unless Tipp beat us by 15 points And Clare beat Cork by 15 points as well-unlikely that both will happen. I'd take a 1 point win now on Sunday if offered to us.Clare fans and pundits in the media seemed to think they should have won the AI last year and that they have our number-I know most Limerick fans resent these comments and I'm pretty sure the players and management also resent them and I would be very confident of a big Limerick performance on Sunday and hopefully it will be enough to get us the win."
That is nonsense, no one thinks that bar a few idiots. Limerick won a great All Ireland last year. In the pubs in Ennis last Sunday it was the tipp lads saying they couldn't wait to play limerick who were 'lucky' Sheedy wasn't in charge last year. It's yer neighbours on yer east flank that begrudged ye, not Clare. I was delighted Limerick won. Clare do have serious problems though with regard to puck outs and they wasted the whole league and never tried anything new. Conlon on the 40 is one option but this mgmt are quiet conservative so I think Cleary to 6 and browne to 4 with Morey losing out will be the only change. Personally I would move Kelly into the corner and let him roam like Podge does, Podge is better off the bench. Id also start shanagher. Limerick are an excellent side and will be very hard to beat in the GG. However, if Clare cant rise themselves for this one then this mgmt and perhaps a few of the players can forget about it. Its that big a game for Clare. Last Sunday was an embarrassment. Hopefully a cracking game. The Munster championship needs one!

Clareman (Limerick) - 05/06/2019 13:46:43

Limerick Hurling 2017 - 1 Like(s)
Nash, hayes and casey have potential to be serious forwards, lynch i think is better as a playmaker. I would drop dowling, bar frees, i dont ever remember him scoring from play against clare in about 5 games? Also, yer midfield is not top notch, galvin ran the game for most of the second half and he was only in third gear. I must say I was wrong about hickey, i thought he would be a weak link but he was super. Held kelly well and also won good ball in the air and didnt lash it away like hannon and some of the other backs did. Its not individuals in general though that is the issue, its the way the team plays. I know this because we had the same sort of nonsense last 3 years. Limerick have more raw material in terms of aerial power than Clare to compete with the best, what lets ye down is a lack of scoring power inside and a dodgy full back line. A round robin Munster championship next year will bring yer team on a ton.

Clareman (Limerick) - 06/06/2017 13:15:35

Loughnanes views on Kilkennys U21 team - 1 Like(s)
Loughnane is far from a hurler on the ditch! He managed a team to 2 all irelands that had won none in 81 years. He was Clare's first ever all star. He played on a fantastic clare team that won 2 NHLs and was unlucky to lose 2 very tight munster finals to a cork team that won 3 in row. He hurled until 1986 for clare and was unlucky to lose another tight munster final to guess who, cork, who won the AI that year. He finally won a county medal with Feakle in 87 even tho he tuned down opportunities to hurl with bigger clubs . You can disagree with him, but do not say he didnt have stellar career. Do Ciaran Carey, Tony Browne, Ken McGrath not have 'stellar' careers so? Poor comment

Clareman (National) - 14/09/2017 15:00:34

Clare Hurlers 2019 - 1 Like(s)
The performance on Sunday was horrendous and not acceptable but please bear in mind Clare are missing David Reidy, Jamie Shanahan, Conor McGrath, Oisin O Brien, Aaron Cunningham, Rory Hayes, Gearoid O Connell and Ian Galvin through injury or other reasons. Conor Ryan and Darach Honan also had to retire early and some of the key leaders from 2013 also retired ( Colin Ryan, Bugler, Donnellan,) all too early in my opinion. We do not have the depth of other top counties and I think this needs to be taken into consideration. The next manager might be a lot more lucky with the depth of the squad if the first 8 lads were all available. Perhaps Ian Galvin will be back for sunday, but our bench looks very light.

Clareman (Clare) - 13/06/2019 16:13:40

Sham of a NHL or what? - 1 Like(s)
Why do we need 1/4 finals? why not have 8 team division 1 with top 4 into semis and bottom 2 relegated. the current format doesnt work in the league, but i think it would work for championship, ie round robin for munster and leinster. I also think Derek McGrath's suggestion of linking league and championship is worth a look but it would probably mean the end of the provincials and nt sure the appetite is there for that, esp in Munster.

Clareman (National) - 27/03/2017 13:17:04

Clare Hurlers 2020 - 1 Like(s)
There is a tiny tiny minority of people who engage in this type of abuse and they need to be called out. Nobody deserves it. However, the genuine concerns of Clare GAA people about how the games are been run in the county is being lost in all this noise. Look at the large number of Clare hurling people employed with other counties because they are shut out of the running of the games in their home county. Its maddening and also very sad! I am a loyal Clare hurling fan going back to the late 1980s. I going to 99% of games. I could count on 1 hand the amount of times I've heard people throw personal abuse at coaches, either Clare coaches or opposition. I think genuine Clare fans are being tarnished and I think the stunt last Friday on tv to whip up this is something I will never forgive. Some of the worst abuse I have ever heard came from a certain Clare manager to his waterford counterpart dueing the 2016 League Final. Maybe that needs to be called out. Has anyone ever asked David O Halloran or Nicky O Connell about personal abuse, bullying and poor treatment? The rift that started in Clare goes back to that disgraceful episode in 2015 which ended the careers pretty much of good hurlers and decent lads. I laugh when Limerick posters say we lucky to have Fitz yet when he is linked with them they go mad. I am actually fed up of all this bull. The true supporters know what is going on. Up The Banner. Larger than any individual or another.

Clareman (Clare) - 14/01/2021 11:26:00

Clare Senior Hurlers 2018 - 1 Like(s)
Also, on Limerick, i think they are a coming force and they have a great chance in next few years of landing the big one. They have some issues to fix, like all teams do, but overall there is a a good group of players there. I like the cut of their half back line, and if they can find a partner for lynch in the middle, plus they have Casey n Dempsey to come in, thats a serious team and they have a bench. Also, well coached. I have to say i thought both managers post game n the players spoke well. No sore loser or gloating. A fine game and fair play to Limerick. I hope they win the league now. Ennis in June will be a great day out!

Clareman (Clare) - 20/03/2018 14:04:30

Clare Senior Hurling Championship - 1 Like(s)
My God you are touchy, Limerick well able to throw it over the fence to Clare after 2013, but how dare we say anything back! I was at the final last year, delighted Limerick won, the more non tradtional big 3 teams the better i say, but I am entitled to my opinion. I go to a lot of games with lads who are from Limerick, be it county, club, colleges, underage, and they also think Limericks weakest line is the FB line. Limerick coughed up big scores last year but were still able to win, thats a great place to be! Its just an opinion Oldtourman, take a chill pill.

Clareman (Clare) - 07/03/2019 08:40:04

Clare Hurlers 2020 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To hurlingexpert:  "Not feeling very positive at all for the limerick match. We are down a lot of players. No conlon, duggan or colm galvin available. Seems that ian galvin, jamie shanahan, mikey o'malley, rory hayes, conor mcgrath are not involved either. All of them wouldn't have been involved but ian galvin and shanahan would have a lot to offer. My team for the first round would be; 1Touhy 2Corry 3Cleary 4Browne 5Malone 6O'Connor 7O'Halloran 8McInerney 9Kelly 10A.McCarthy 11Fitzgerald 12D.Ryan 13O'Donnell 14Shanagher 15Reidy"
I'd say you have the personnel pretty spot on, maybe Malone to 10 and McCarthy to 7. He had a good league at 7 and Limerick half forward line are very strong in the air. I would also suggest Ryan maybe to 5 but we are robbing peter to pay Paul. Reidy to 11 and Cunningham to 15 maybe as well perhaps. Podge also gone now, I don't think he would have started though. Ian Galvin not involved either. It could get ugly but I hope we get some fire back. The spirit in the park last year against Cork when the chips were down is what is needed. Limerick are my favourites for the All Ireland. Very strong 24/5 man squad. Tipp probably have a slicker 15 but don't have the depth even if Bonar is back and some u21s come through.

Clareman (Clare) - 07/10/2020 13:29:57

Limerick Hurling 2017 - 1 Like(s)
on a side note, i think munster and leinster should be round robin, with top 2 into final. home and away every 2nd year like 6 nations. Id rather player limerick in a packed ennis or limerick, or Waterford in a packed walsh park than ah half empty stadium in thurles. more games the better. just my 2 cents.

Clareman (Limerick) - 14/10/2016 09:50:08

The Laois Rising. - 1 Like(s)
Fair play to Laois, delighted for them. The more counties at a high level the better. They have a good minor team coming as well.

Clareman (National) - 08/07/2019 16:03:39

Clare senior footballers 2017 - 1 Like(s)
Fantastic effort yesterday and all year. From the low point and frankly shambles of 2013 in division 4 and the mother and father of all hidings at home to Laois, we have seriously bounced back and are now a proper competitive team. Colm Collins pound for pound is some manager and if they can get Sexton, Lillis etc back and Coughlan comes through, plus Meehan if he picks football, Clare will be a good team for a while yet. Hopefully Colm and the lads will stay on. A Munster final triumph and super 8 ( unless they change the system again!) would be the icing on the cake!

Clareman (Clare) - 08/07/2019 16:08:47

Clare Senior Hurlers 2017 - 1 Like(s)
Ignore the bookies, this is a 50.50 game. i was chatting to one of the clare lads and hesaid they expect kinnerk to have limerick flying. This will be a tight game.

Clareman (Clare) - 25/04/2017 09:25:40

Clare senior footballers 2017 - 1 Like(s)
A mighty result and fair play to all involved. Division 2 for a 4th year in a row is some going for a small squad, albeit with some excellent footballers. Colm Collins must be one of the best managers around, pound for pound?

Clareman (Clare) - 26/03/2019 09:26:11

What Waterford hurlers can learn from Leicester FC - 1 Like(s)
if clare cant win the AI, then i hope its anyone bar KK, Tipp or Cork...sick of the big 3 snobbery, they have won enough, hurling needs more winners. Imagine if Waterford, Limerick or Galway won it, the scenes would be amazing.

Clareman (Waterford) - 31/05/2016 17:19:41

Clare Senior Hurlers 2016 - 1 Like(s)
better team won, no excuses. Clare cannot win ball in the air up front and even if they break it, hunger is not there to win the 50/50 tussles and we get blown out of it all too easily. We are not a top 4 sise, we are the best of the rest which is a very bad bunch. Something needs to change, either management, or a lot of the players. Im sick to my back teeth looking at same problems in every game. Bar Galvin, David Mac and lessor extent kelly and conlon, nobody took the fight to Galway, that is a sign of a team that is spent. 2 gutless defeats either side of a win against a brutal laois and a pathetic limerick is all we have to show for a summer that promised so much.

Clareman (Clare) - 25/07/2016 09:58:17