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Replying To StoreysTash:  "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!"
A lot has been made of the fact that it should be in Croke Park but I dont remember there being serious atmospheres at any minor finals in Croke Park. I think this one could be special in terms of the atmosphere it'll bring. A near full house in Nowlan Park would be something else.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3478 - 22/06/2022 12:47:16    2426821

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Replying To Pope_Benedict:  "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."
It's ´a wind´ that´s taking it one game at a time. The win on Saturday was particularly good to savour coming as it did from a powerful surge at the end when the game seemed gone. Next up is Kilkenny and hopefully the lads will give a good account of themselves in another entertaining contest. It is indeed nice to see that the spirit in the squad, and in the county in general, is so positive with lots of competition for places and so many new players coming through. As for Galway, good luck against the current champions (I have a feeling you might just do it!). Maybe in Galway there is too much pressure to win silverware though, and not enough enjoyment of the rough and tumble of the journey towards that oft elusive holy grail. A pity, as Galway teams have consistently entertained the whole country, but because they haven't won so much many fine Galway servants are not as appreciated as they should be in their own county.

MiAmigaVERONICA (Clare) - Posts: 282 - 22/06/2022 13:49:46    2426844

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tiobraid, it will indeed be a great atmosphere.
Still, imagine 30k added in to Croke Park for it.
Its probably just as well for Tipp that they aren't playing it in Croke Park, given 2 big rivals playing after it!

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1610 - 22/06/2022 14:52:01    2426864

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Two appetizing semi-finals to look forward to.

Clare are coming in with a really good momentum, and a nice timing between games. The cats haven't hurled in a while, but no better man that Cody to manage a situation like that. When all is sized up, I can see KK taking it with 3-4 late points, even though I'd prefer to see Clare advance to the final. That's all that will be between them, 3-4 points, and it could well be the other way round, too.

Unlike a lot of other people, I give Galway a good fighting chance against Limerick. Galway will man up to Limerick, and there's been a certain needle to Galway-Limerick clashes since 2018, when underdogs Limerick toppled Galway from their pinnacle as AI champs. Galway folk really though that back-to-back AIs were on the cards that year. That needle always makes things more interesting, and players more driven. Galway will need to bring their best game, though.

I'm glad that Galway beat Cork, and it isn't because I don't really like Cork, which I do (meaning that I do not really like Cork), but because ever since the league clash between Galway and Limerick, I've been eagerly anticipating a rematch between the teams, but more specifically between Hegarty and the Galway backs. Hegarty got the line that day, and rightly so, as what he did, does not belong on a hurling field. However, he was very annoyed that the Galway lads got to him and goaded him into retaliation. Some will say that it was only the league and a red card in that competition is of little consequence. That's not the issue. The issue is that Hegarty will want to set matters right. And in that regard, I certainly would not like to be the Galway back, or even two backs (as they'll probably double mark him anyway) that has to go shoulder-to-shoulder with Hegarty for 70+ minutes. I predict an even extra that normal driven and focussed Gearoid Hegarty in that semi-final, and that my friends is something to look forward to with relish.

Limerick to get through by 5 points.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1200 - 22/06/2022 18:43:00    2426920

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Would love a crack at Limerick in the final.

F4 (Kilkenny) - Posts: 22 - 22/06/2022 21:11:01    2426952

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Replying To F4:  "Would love a crack at Limerick in the final."
I think alot of Limerick people would like to see a Lk Kk final, obviously if we both win next weekend. Saying that I think at this stage Clare would be a tougher proposition for us.
Before all that, i think our lads have it all to do to beat Galway. I certainly wouldn't be relying on their form up to now as a barometer as semis are a different kettle of fish

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 233 - 23/06/2022 10:09:23    2426981

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Replying To Shocs07:  "I think alot of Limerick people would like to see a Lk Kk final, obviously if we both win next weekend. Saying that I think at this stage Clare would be a tougher proposition for us.
Before all that, i think our lads have it all to do to beat Galway. I certainly wouldn't be relying on their form up to now as a barometer as semis are a different kettle of fish"
Jaypers you've changed your tune re Galway! You needn't worry, unlike Cork I can't see Limerick getting a fit of the jitters!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1263 - 23/06/2022 10:59:13    2427006

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Replying To baire:  "Jaypers you've changed your tune re Galway! You needn't worry, unlike Cork I can't see Limerick getting a fit of the jitters!"
All outfits deserve respect!

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 233 - 23/06/2022 11:22:38    2427014

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I think most limerick people will worry about Galway..they have a free shot at limerick because most don't expect them to win..ive said earlier that I think Clare could beat killkenny and it shouldn't surprise anyone..I also think limerick people would be delighted to play and beat killkenny in a final for this group of players..there is a super semi weekend ahead..

CTGAA10 (Limerick) - Posts: 1706 - 23/06/2022 11:22:51    2427015

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Replying To Shocs07:  "All outfits deserve respect!"
No they don't! They must earn it!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1263 - 23/06/2022 11:26:42    2427017

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How on earth did Cork gaa give Kingston that extra year??

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1581 - 23/06/2022 13:27:10    2427043

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This talk of a "free shot" is interesting!!
No such thing as a free shot and anyone who thinks Galway are going upto Croke Park just to have a "free shot" and see how it goes could get some kick up the rear!!
Galway are going to Croke Park with the intention of winning the All Ireland Semi Final!

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1597 - 23/06/2022 13:49:54    2427049

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Replying To Bon:  "How on earth did Cork gaa give Kingston that extra year??"
Was wondering that myself Bon

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5254 - 23/06/2022 14:24:52    2427070

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Replying To Bon:  "How on earth did Cork gaa give Kingston that extra year??"
Its amazing if true. Despite getting to a final last year and quarter this year, they seem further away than ever under the current regime. Coupled that with seeing Cadogan on the bench all year, presumably because he doesnt fit into the system, moving your number 5 to 13 mid chsip and watching a player you dropped for the previous season miss free after free. Also fails to recognisehis son is regulalry in the best 6 forwards in the county. Drops your best midfielder of 2021 and brings him back in from the cold - only to make Cork competitive again.

I've never watched a more frustrating team than the Cork of 2021 and most of 2022. 80% of all passes going backwards and never letting the ball in direct to the full forward line. It eventually changed to a degree but was too late. I also find it fascinating that the two goalies are brothers and from the same club - really strange in my opinion. At this stage its very likely that Cork will go 20 years without an All Ireland. They've a young team so the sensible thing would be to bite the bullet now and give someone a proper chance at it.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3478 - 23/06/2022 15:09:58    2427082

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Two appetizing semi-finals to look forward to.

Clare are coming in with a really good momentum, and a nice timing between games. The cats haven't hurled in a while, but no better man that Cody to manage a situation like that. When all is sized up, I can see KK taking it with 3-4 late points, even though I'd prefer to see Clare advance to the final. That's all that will be between them, 3-4 points, and it could well be the other way round, too.

Unlike a lot of other people, I give Galway a good fighting chance against Limerick. Galway will man up to Limerick, and there's been a certain needle to Galway-Limerick clashes since 2018, when underdogs Limerick toppled Galway from their pinnacle as AI champs. Galway folk really though that back-to-back AIs were on the cards that year. That needle always makes things more interesting, and players more driven. Galway will need to bring their best game, though.

I'm glad that Galway beat Cork, and it isn't because I don't really like Cork, which I do (meaning that I do not really like Cork), but because ever since the league clash between Galway and Limerick, I've been eagerly anticipating a rematch between the teams, but more specifically between Hegarty and the Galway backs. Hegarty got the line that day, and rightly so, as what he did, does not belong on a hurling field. However, he was very annoyed that the Galway lads got to him and goaded him into retaliation. Some will say that it was only the league and a red card in that competition is of little consequence. That's not the issue. The issue is that Hegarty will want to set matters right. And in that regard, I certainly would not like to be the Galway back, or even two backs (as they'll probably double mark him anyway) that has to go shoulder-to-shoulder with Hegarty for 70+ minutes. I predict an even extra that normal driven and focussed Gearoid Hegarty in that semi-final, and that my friends is something to look forward to with relish.

Limerick to get through by 5 points."
I honestly cannot see anything to make you think Galway will get anywhere near Limerick. This is not sour grapes. I have always had a soft spot for Galway. I was hoping the game last Saturday was going to really take off, and the winner have real momentum to try and maybe up their game again to try and meet Limerick head on.
We didn't get that. We got two teams who were really devoid of ideas. Cork played the same way they always do. Trying to play a high risk game that always falls down against tough opposition. You have to be able to mix it up in games. Limerick can play the short running game but they can also play the long angled ball to forwards able to win it. They are not so predictable.
Galway on the other hand we're able to get their scores that bit easier because Cork were so poor in Galways puck outs. This will not happen against Limerick, and I just don't see where Galway are able to get enough scores to win. They will probably need goals, and Galway won't get them as handy on The next day.
I hope I'm wrong and we get a humdinger. I just don't see it. Good luck all teams next weekend.

BaldyBadger (Cork) - Posts: 296 - 23/06/2022 15:12:58    2427086

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Replying To Bon:  "How on earth did Cork gaa give Kingston that extra year??"
the best news ive heard in a long time.....

munsterchamps (Limerick) - Posts: 1025 - 23/06/2022 15:14:00    2427087

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Replying To katser:  "This talk of a "free shot" is interesting!!
No such thing as a free shot and anyone who thinks Galway are going upto Croke Park just to have a "free shot" and see how it goes could get some kick up the rear!!
Galway are going to Croke Park with the intention of winning the All Ireland Semi Final!"
Jeez that's nearly fighting talk..

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 233 - 23/06/2022 15:22:39    2427089

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Obviously Limerick should be favorites over Galway and I have no problem with that as they fully deserve that. Limerick would be favorites over anyone so it's a moot point. I'm happy that we are in the semifinals as it means we have a chance. Galway haven't put together a dominant performance in a while so I feel they are kind of due. I'm hoping for the upset and a Galway v Clare final. Galway Abu!

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 1515 - 23/06/2022 18:37:40    2427129

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Replying To baire:  "No they don't! They must earn it!"
They haven't won the All Ireland since 2005. Cork have got used of not winning and Kingston has benefitted from that.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 1724 - 23/06/2022 19:24:37    2427137

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Replying To BaldyBadger:  "I honestly cannot see anything to make you think Galway will get anywhere near Limerick. This is not sour grapes. I have always had a soft spot for Galway. I was hoping the game last Saturday was going to really take off, and the winner have real momentum to try and maybe up their game again to try and meet Limerick head on.
We didn't get that. We got two teams who were really devoid of ideas. Cork played the same way they always do. Trying to play a high risk game that always falls down against tough opposition. You have to be able to mix it up in games. Limerick can play the short running game but they can also play the long angled ball to forwards able to win it. They are not so predictable.
Galway on the other hand we're able to get their scores that bit easier because Cork were so poor in Galways puck outs. This will not happen against Limerick, and I just don't see where Galway are able to get enough scores to win. They will probably need goals, and Galway won't get them as handy on The next day.
I hope I'm wrong and we get a humdinger. I just don't see it. Good luck all teams next weekend."
Can't argue with what you're saying but you never know. No one gave Kilkenny a chance in 2019 in a similar spot, and the record of Munster Champions after a 4/5 week break is horrific

Kinvara (Galway) - Posts: 38 - 24/06/2022 08:49:10    2427158

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