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Replying To Viking66:  "Beware of that Offaly team Tiobraid. I'm sure your lads will have played challenge games etc against them since u13. They are very good."
Yes they are certainly not to be underestimated but I was very impressed with Galway when we played them as they played us off the park. I was surprised Tipp beat them. In saying that you cannot place a lot of reliance on form at this grade. Any of the semi finalists could beat the other on a given day.

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 2247 - 20/06/2022 11:01:27    2426299

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Haha…won't fall out over that one. We don't get to play offaly much and I'm expecting some atmosphere at this game. Some great games and coverage over the last couple of months. Great to have a bit of a feel good factor back in Tipp!"
It'll be a belter of a match and a big crowd I'm sure

daveboy (Limerick) - Posts: 797 - 20/06/2022 11:02:43    2426302

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Replying To Viking66:  "Beware of that Offaly team Tiobraid. I'm sure your lads will have played challenge games etc against them since u13. They are very good."
50/50 game Viking. Calre probably should have beaten Tipp in Munster final so at best its 50/50. Should be a cracker.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3486 - 20/06/2022 11:07:39    2426305

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If I was from Clare I'd be worried about Kilkenny. Clare found a way yesterday and were pulling away at the end. The question now for them will be if they have some of their better scoring forwards on the bench. Duggan hasnt really hit the heights in terms of putting scores on the board the last few games. I've no doubt that game will do Clare the world of good though but they have played a lot of games with not a huge amount of time off in between them - albeit some got a rest in the last game of Munster group games. All the Clare games seem to be played at a ferocious intentity compared to toher games - if that makes any sense. KK still have a bit of an unsettled look about them from midfield up and on paper I'd fancy Clare but its far from a foregone conclusion. We've seen the importance of a good goalie and free taker the last few weeks and KK are better in both departments.
I just cant see Limerick not beating Galway (or anyone else from here on in). For me Galway didnt really perform again but once again I was impressed with Grealish (a few posters on here were very critical of him previously). Persisting with Murphy also seems to be paying off. I would question if they can score heavily enough against that Limerick backline. Theres no better man to tie up Whelan than Casey so I'd find it hard to see that the rest can score enough. Its no disrespect to Galway but I cant see anything but a Limerick win.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3486 - 20/06/2022 11:18:57    2426318

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "Yes they are certainly not to be underestimated but I was very impressed with Galway when we played them as they played us off the park. I was surprised Tipp beat them. In saying that you cannot place a lot of reliance on form at this grade. Any of the semi finalists could beat the other on a given day."
Agreed, following form lines at minor level based on which team beat another can be very misleading. We played very well against Clare, not great against Laois and yesterday could have gone either way.
I see the final as an even contest, but would be delighted for Offaly if they won it.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1436 - 20/06/2022 11:23:33    2426320

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Replying To tiobraid:  "50/50 game Viking. Calre probably should have beaten Tipp in Munster final so at best its 50/50. Should be a cracker."
I'll be watching it for sure

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5275 - 20/06/2022 11:27:07    2426321

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "Please keep her!!! 81 years of pain."
Could fix her up with a nice little place by the river Nore? Inistioge maybe? It's a very pretty village!!!!!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5275 - 20/06/2022 11:28:30    2426322

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "Yes they are certainly not to be underestimated but I was very impressed with Galway when we played them as they played us off the park. I was surprised Tipp beat them. In saying that you cannot place a lot of reliance on form at this grade. Any of the semi finalists could beat the other on a given day."
Witness this year's Leinster. We beat Dublin who beat Kilkenny who beat us. Then Laois who I think lost to Dublin or maybe Westmeath beat us in the QF and Kilkenny in the SF while Offaly beat Dublin then Laois in the final. How about that for trying to determine form lines!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5275 - 20/06/2022 11:30:56    2426323

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "Please keep her!!! 81 years of pain."
She was in Limerick too for a while!!!!

johnocarroll17 (Limerick) - Posts: 399 - 20/06/2022 11:39:33    2426326

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Replying To tommy k:  "Yes Clare have the AI in the bag LRH and they must now be considered the greatest team of all time!"
Nonsense comment. I'd give Galway a really good fighting chance against Limerick. Galway have the physicality to take on Limerick, definitely for 60-65 minutes. Can they do it for 70-75 minutes is the question? I predict a ferociously physical battle.

Galway is in an AI semi-final, arguably without putting one comprehensive, cohesive performance together in the championship, so far; a nice place to be.

Beating KK in Salthill was a fine victory, but quite patchy in places. Last Sunday, neither Cork nor Galway hurled very well; Galway got over the line and Cork didn't.

So, there's so much that Galway can focus on, and with every pundit having them written off already, the pressure is off. We all know that Galway has the hurlers. It's just a matter of them all gelling and doing it at the same time. And that could well happen in the semi-final. Why not?

It's an ideal set-up for a tactician like Henry, to pull a major coup.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1204 - 20/06/2022 13:38:29    2426373

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Nonsense comment. I'd give Galway a really good fighting chance against Limerick. Galway have the physicality to take on Limerick, definitely for 60-65 minutes. Can they do it for 70-75 minutes is the question? I predict a ferociously physical battle.

Galway is in an AI semi-final, arguably without putting one comprehensive, cohesive performance together in the championship, so far; a nice place to be.

Beating KK in Salthill was a fine victory, but quite patchy in places. Last Sunday, neither Cork nor Galway hurled very well; Galway got over the line and Cork didn't.

So, there's so much that Galway can focus on, and with every pundit having them written off already, the pressure is off. We all know that Galway has the hurlers. It's just a matter of them all gelling and doing it at the same time. And that could well happen in the semi-final. Why not?

It's an ideal set-up for a tactician like Henry, to pull a major coup."
That too is a nonsense comment, imo. They're are major doubts about Galway 'having the hurlers', to borrow the Kenny Cunningham line, at this particular moment in time. The older players in the team are starting to look their age in spots. The younger players, introduced more recently, do not look to be at a level that will trouble Limerick, if truth be told. All in all, this Galway team is on all known form not good enough to win that semi.

That doesn't mean that they should be sneered at either. They're an honest team, that is giving of their best in 2022, no one can ask for any more.......except the spoofers here & there.....like your good self indeed

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 2648 - 20/06/2022 14:11:37    2426383

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "I agree with you to an extent in thy I think Limerick have gone further ahead of the chasing pack with the exception of my own county.

After two draws in 70 minutes against Clare so far you cannot say that Clare this year have not closed the gap on Limerick.

I did not see anything out of Galway that would challenge Limerick in my opinion and with the bookies giving a margin of 5, I think Limerick minus 5 is free money to be honest.

Clare v KK is interesting as it is 16 years since the teams last met and therefore there is a lack of familiarity. I think we are favorites for this game though if and only if we can get back to our Munster championship form. I think we will. I think the game yesterday would have gotten rid of the Munster final feelings and we can move forward fresh. KK lost to Wexford and Galway (in the RR). Galway, although they won were poor yesteday I thought and we beat Wexford having only hurled for 15 minutes. Form wise I think we will win."
Certainly a lot of 'wind' about Clare lately. There was a force about it, in the stands and on the pitch in Thurles last Saturday. Whether it's the wind that wins titles, or wind that is alleviated with vomit and or diarrhea remains to be seen.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 2648 - 20/06/2022 14:55:59    2426409

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Replying To Pope_Benedict:  "That too is a nonsense comment, imo. They're are major doubts about Galway 'having the hurlers', to borrow the Kenny Cunningham line, at this particular moment in time. The older players in the team are starting to look their age in spots. The younger players, introduced more recently, do not look to be at a level that will trouble Limerick, if truth be told. All in all, this Galway team is on all known form not good enough to win that semi.

That doesn't mean that they should be sneered at either. They're an honest team, that is giving of their best in 2022, no one can ask for any more.......except the spoofers here & there.....like your good self indeed"
Spot on!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1268 - 20/06/2022 15:22:41    2426416

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Limerick go about their business in a determined professional manner. No "what if" or "only ifs " anymore. I can't remember when they have been that assertive before. Neither have they an ego or are condescending in doing it and that will keep them focused. What is impressive this year is all the pieces may not be as finally tuned but still have enough to win or draw. This can happen and also oppositions figure out how to play them. If all things mesh again on any given day god help who ever is on the receiving end.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 2104 - 20/06/2022 15:30:57    2426420

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Replying To Viking66:  "I'll be watching it for sure"
Reading the article here on the HS homepage:

Nowlan Park to host All-Ireland MHC final

"The Irish Press Cup decider was originally scheduled for the Saturday, but will now take place a day later at the home of Kilkenny GAA, which has a capacity of 27,000...Offaly were understandably keen to avoid having to travel through Tipperary to play the final in Limerick, while there were concerns that Portlaoise's 22,000-capacity might not hold the expected crowd"

Over 20,000 for a stand alone minor game! That's some crowd.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1748 - 21/06/2022 20:54:39    2426732

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "Reading the article here on the HS homepage:

Nowlan Park to host All-Ireland MHC final

"The Irish Press Cup decider was originally scheduled for the Saturday, but will now take place a day later at the home of Kilkenny GAA, which has a capacity of 27,000...Offaly were understandably keen to avoid having to travel through Tipperary to play the final in Limerick, while there were concerns that Portlaoise's 22,000-capacity might not hold the expected crowd"

Over 20,000 for a stand alone minor game! That's some crowd."
Offaly minors have some following all year. And this is Tipps last team in any championship for the last good while so they will bring plenty too.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5275 - 22/06/2022 10:38:43    2426787

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Replying To Viking66:  "
Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "Reading the article here on the HS homepage:

Nowlan Park to host All-Ireland MHC final

"The Irish Press Cup decider was originally scheduled for the Saturday, but will now take place a day later at the home of Kilkenny GAA, which has a capacity of 27,000...Offaly were understandably keen to avoid having to travel through Tipperary to play the final in Limerick, while there were concerns that Portlaoise's 22,000-capacity might not hold the expected crowd"

Over 20,000 for a stand alone minor game! That's some crowd."
Offaly minors have some following all year. And this is Tipps last team in any championship for the last good while so they will bring plenty too."
If they (Offaly) have this type of following for the minors, what would it be like if their seniors were to be a force again in Leinster. I can't remember, but did they have a big following back in the 1980s and 90s?

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1748 - 22/06/2022 11:46:11    2426805

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I don't remember Offaly being a force but my dad has told me great stories about them. Some of them are from a different era of drinking and carousing but he said they brought great colour.
It would be great if they established themselves as a force again. Hurling needs every county and they should be used as a blueprint for many other counties.
Regardless of what happens from here, they have really put Offaly back on the hurling landscape.
But why isn't an All-Ireland minor final in Croke Park? It could surely have been played before Kilkenny Clare for example? Its not as if Kilkenny will ever fill Croke Park for anything only a final!

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1610 - 22/06/2022 12:12:10    2426811

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "
Replying To Viking66:  "[quote=Cockney_Cat:  "Reading the article here on the HS homepage:

Nowlan Park to host All-Ireland MHC final

"The Irish Press Cup decider was originally scheduled for the Saturday, but will now take place a day later at the home of Kilkenny GAA, which has a capacity of 27,000...Offaly were understandably keen to avoid having to travel through Tipperary to play the final in Limerick, while there were concerns that Portlaoise's 22,000-capacity might not hold the expected crowd"

Over 20,000 for a stand alone minor game! That's some crowd."
Offaly minors have some following all year. And this is Tipps last team in any championship for the last good while so they will bring plenty too."
If they (Offaly) have this type of following for the minors, what would it be like if their seniors were to be a force again in Leinster. I can't remember, but did they have a big following back in the 1980s and 90s?"]Not massive as they never had a huge population. But defo very vocal!!!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5275 - 22/06/2022 12:16:23    2426813

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "
Replying To Viking66:  "[quote=Cockney_Cat:  "Reading the article here on the HS homepage:

Nowlan Park to host All-Ireland MHC final

"The Irish Press Cup decider was originally scheduled for the Saturday, but will now take place a day later at the home of Kilkenny GAA, which has a capacity of 27,000...Offaly were understandably keen to avoid having to travel through Tipperary to play the final in Limerick, while there were concerns that Portlaoise's 22,000-capacity might not hold the expected crowd"

Over 20,000 for a stand alone minor game! That's some crowd."
Offaly minors have some following all year. And this is Tipps last team in any championship for the last good while so they will bring plenty too."
If they (Offaly) have this type of following for the minors, what would it be like if their seniors were to be a force again in Leinster. I can't remember, but did they have a big following back in the 1980s and 90s?"]THey had some following in Thurles in 1998 against Clare. Still no game has come near it in terms of atmosphere.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3486 - 22/06/2022 12:45:08    2426820

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