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Replying To katser:  "I'm sticking with my original prediction from the start.....Galway v Clare All Ireland Final."
When you wrote this, I replied, 'what about respecting the cats'! Although I was hoping Clare would win, when their display against Wexford was poor for most of that game, I had my doubts. Then we had the usual 'superior' talk, out of Munster and Cody lying low!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1372 - 02/07/2022 21:32:23    2429339

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "There should have been a curtain raiser to both semi finals. It would help boost the attendance. I can't understand why they stopped putting minor games prior to a senior game. It makes absolutely no sense. And it would be an occasion that many minor players would relish, playing in front of a big crowd. Even a camogie championship match could havd been arranged for CP today"
5.30pm start time on a Saturday in Dublin city center is lunacy and doubly-so for Clare. Cunningly tucked in behind Lough Derg and it being the only Munster county on the right side of the Shannon, there's no direct east/west route on a major road. You're either traveling south through Limerick or north through Galway. And then you're getting home anytime up to midnight. Who's going to bring young kids on that kind of evening out?

You want your late start time, then meet the fans half-way and this game should have been played in Thurles.

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 3021 - 02/07/2022 21:38:13    2429340

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Replying To Bon:  "Time to start playing both semi finals on the same day again. It looks awful having so many empty seats."
It maybe an option, but in 2018 the Limerick v Cork semi final was close to 70,000 people in attendance I think.

St.Mologga (Cork) - Posts: 25 - 02/07/2022 22:03:48    2429342

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Replying To baire:  "When you wrote this, I replied, 'what about respecting the cats'! Although I was hoping Clare would win, when their display against Wexford was poor for most of that game, I had my doubts. Then we had the usual 'superior' talk, out of Munster and Cody lying low!"
Ok, Clare didn't win but now I'd relish a Galway v Kilkenny Final.
Put your chips on the plate....are Galway going to win tomorrow?

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1674 - 02/07/2022 22:04:15    2429343

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Well done Kilkenny. All this Munster Leinster talk is nonsense as far as I'm concerned.

Kilkenny looked like a team who's championship was just starting today, they got everything right. Tactically Clare were shocking and that's on Lohan.

It's been an enjoyable year, better than I expected.

Dec82andahalf (Clare) - Posts: 18 - 02/07/2022 22:05:23    2429344

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Replying To katser:  "Ok, Clare didn't win but now I'd relish a Galway v Kilkenny Final.
Put your chips on the plate....are Galway going to win tomorrow?"
No. It should be a titanic struggle, but the Green Giants should prevail. If however they don't, we will take our beating with dignity and wish the Tribesmen well in the Final.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 3740 - 03/07/2022 07:29:16    2429346

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Replying To St.Mologga:  "It maybe an option, but in 2018 the Limerick v Cork semi final was close to 70,000 people in attendance I think."
And there was a huge cry at Clare and Galway too that year.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 3740 - 03/07/2022 07:34:05    2429347

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What was the attendance yesterday? Would a semi-final double header be a better option than two stand-alone fixtures?

football first (None) - Posts: 1252 - 03/07/2022 08:53:52    2429351

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Replying To Bon:  "Time to start playing both semi finals on the same day again. It looks awful having so many empty seats."
Or else (shock horror), play the semi at a venue other than Croke park.
Sometimes I think that the GAA fixture planners love empty seats.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1263 - 03/07/2022 09:41:35    2429352

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Replying To St.Mologga:  "It maybe an option, but in 2018 the Limerick v Cork semi final was close to 70,000 people in attendance I think."
2019 Wexford v Tipp had more than 61000 also. Nearly 62000. And Kilkenny v Limerick had 55000 the same year. That's 117000 people.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5543 - 03/07/2022 09:51:41    2429354

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Replying To Bon:  "Time to start playing both semi finals on the same day again. It looks awful having so many empty seats."
What happens when the 2nd game supporters inly arrive for the last 10 mins of the 1st game and the 1st game supporters leave at half time in the 2nd game?

wishfulthinkin (Cavan) - Posts: 1573 - 03/07/2022 09:52:46    2429356

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Replying To Dec82andahalf:  "Well done Kilkenny. All this Munster Leinster talk is nonsense as far as I'm concerned.

Kilkenny looked like a team who's championship was just starting today, they got everything right. Tactically Clare were shocking and that's on Lohan.

It's been an enjoyable year, better than I expected."
I don't pay a huge amount of attention to tactics or strategies tbh so I couldn't agree or disagree with you re Lohan, but I kind of felt sorry for him yesterday.
I'm sure you've heard the old line that once the players cross the white line it's up to them to do the business. Well it was clear after even 5 minutes that the clare players were going to wilt under the heat of kilkennys intensity, and that they didn't have the stomach for the battle, same with our lads a few weeks ago (that black and Amber Jersey has that affect on hurlers).
Not much Lohan can do about that.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1263 - 03/07/2022 09:59:05    2429357

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "A fine analysis.

Lads ill give ye a tip. Shane O Donnell MOM. If Clare win which is odds on and Davyd Fitz is on the panel you can bet your house SOD will man of the match and there is great value in 12/1"
Good man LRH - another great "prediction". To use your own phrase all year "Clare are at nothing!"

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2761 - 03/07/2022 10:19:03    2429359

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Clare looked a spent force after that epic battle with Limerick, could you blame them, that would take it out of anyone when you put all your energy into achieving something. Win that and I think they would have won the AI but they are the fine margins.

Well done to the Cats.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1428 - 03/07/2022 10:28:23    2429361

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Replying To Galway9801:  "I don't pay a huge amount of attention to tactics or strategies tbh so I couldn't agree or disagree with you re Lohan, but I kind of felt sorry for him yesterday.
I'm sure you've heard the old line that once the players cross the white line it's up to them to do the business. Well it was clear after even 5 minutes that the clare players were going to wilt under the heat of kilkennys intensity, and that they didn't have the stomach for the battle, same with our lads a few weeks ago (that black and Amber Jersey has that affect on hurlers).
Not much Lohan can do about that."
If that were the case, Mountbellew and Killimor would be contesting Senior hurling finals in Galway on a more regular basis, and Crossmaglen would be shhmall ball instead of big ball trail blazers.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 2698 - 03/07/2022 10:58:07    2429367

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And people will try to claim there's no bad hurling games....

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 986 - 03/07/2022 11:18:00    2429371

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "He said "result" not "winning so easily".
Maybe you should learn how to read and understand what is being said before replying.

'Captain hindsight'? Do know what hindsight means? I placed my bets on Kilkenny before the game started, have you ever tried placing a bet on a game after it's finished?"
Into an all Ireland and still you can't be any fun with a playful response to you haha. Well seeing as you knew KK were going to win I presume you put your house on it ? Or more likely captain hindsight put 10 euro on and is now crowing about it afterwards!

mr305 (Galway) - Posts: 43 - 03/07/2022 11:24:05    2429373

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Replying To ahsure.:  "Clare looked a spent force after that epic battle with Limerick, could you blame them, that would take it out of anyone when you put all your energy into achieving something. Win that and I think they would have won the AI but they are the fine margins.

Well done to the Cats."
So are you saying, limerick are also a spent force after that epic battle with Clare.

Newyorkkat (Kilkenny) - Posts: 67 - 03/07/2022 11:27:40    2429374

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Replying To katser:  "Ok, Clare didn't win but now I'd relish a Galway v Kilkenny Final.
Put your chips on the plate....are Galway going to win tomorrow?"
If Galway are to win, there needs to be a huge transformation in the forwards - Whelan can't be expected to carry the load on his own and if Joseph Cooney has to play Centre Half Back all the forwards plus subs must play out of their skins for 70+ minutes. If they get goal chances and take them we're in with a shout. It can be done, it has been done, we'll see shortly!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1372 - 03/07/2022 11:27:44    2429375

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Replying To football first:  "What was the attendance yesterday? Would a semi-final double header be a better option than two stand-alone fixtures?"
The answer is no to 2 semi finals on the same day as up to yesterday semi ⁸finals have attracted large crowds necessitating the playing them as separate fixtures.
After last Sunday where at least 90 per cent of Armagh support left after their match, the same would apply if we had the 2 on the same day.
There was a.mighy roar when Clare came on to the pitch and after a few min in the second half when they got a few nice points together but after that it was a stroll for the Cats and the atmosphere was one of resignation for Clare while Kilkenny were enjoying the occasion as well as dreamingb of who their opponents are likely to be!

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1701 - 03/07/2022 11:46:44    2429377

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