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    #26
    The hurling didn't escape, however, with games in Cork, Waterford and Wexford all called off.

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      #27
      Sean O'Shea with a Maurice Fitz-style sideline score:

      http://twitter.com/officialgaa/status/1102259226292953088

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        #28
        Wind advantage was crucial in today's hurling matches - Offaly enjoyed an 11-point lead at the break against Carlow, but remarkably, the Barrowsiders came back to win by the minimum, so the former All-Ireland champions will play in Division 2A next season, replacing Westmeath who ultimately won against Kerry in the second-tier final. Elsewhere, Tipp hammered Cork by 13 points, Wexford defeated Kilkenny by 7, and Waterford just overcame Galway by two points.

        QFs:

        Wexford v Galway
        Clare v Waterford
        Tipperary v Dublin

        Limerick beat Laois by 16 points in the first QF yesterday.

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          #29
          Cork v Kilkenny, the axis of evil, in the division 1 relegation play off. Can't decide who I want to lose more,I'll probably have to toss a coin.

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            #30
            Sadly, just to decide placings, rather than relegation - they're rejigging Division One next year, so only Offaly will actually be relegated.

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              #31
              Shit forgot that, getting my hopes up, either way hopefully both of them will go the way of their footballers, especially the Cats.

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                #32
                A busy weekend coming up, with all the Round 6 football matches on Saturday, due to the All-Ireland club finals on Sunday, as per tradition. The Kerry panel is building a nice strength in depth, with some familiar names returning to the subs' bench:

                http://twitter.com/Kerry_Official/status/1106645990709362690

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                  #33
                  Kerry deservedly beaten in Tralee, made poor use of possession when playing with a stiff wind, and Aidan O'Shea gave an immense performance for the visitors. Dublin are officially dethroned after losing at home to Tyrone, so if the final round goes along expectations, it looks like a Kerry v Galway final, though Tyrone could sneak into the decider.

                  http://twitter.com/GAALeagueTables/status/1107019794895777794

                  Galway are above Mayo on the head-to-head rule.

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                    #34
                    In the hurling quarter-finals, Waterford had a surprisingly huge victory over Clare, utterly dominating the second half, Galway were comfortable against Wexford, while Dublin caused the shock of the weekend in dumping out Tipperary. Cork won away to Kilkenny in the "relegation" play-off for their first success in Kilkenny in decades.

                    Semis:

                    Waterford v Galway
                    Dublin v Limerick

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                      #35
                      One bizarre consequence of Cork's victory yesterday is that the hurling divisions have effectively become provincial round-robins:

                      Division 1A:

                      Cork
                      Galway
                      Limerick
                      Tipperary
                      Waterford
                      Westmeath

                      Division 1B:

                      Carlow
                      Clare
                      Dublin
                      Kilkenny
                      Laois
                      Wexford

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                        #36
                        Certainly save travel expenses although Westmeath are in for a baptism of fire in that division.

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                          #37
                          Two surprisingly one-sided club finals today - Ballyhale won by 16 points against St Thomas's of Galway in the hurling, with Henry Shefflin making an ominous case to become Cody's successor at Kilkenny, while Corofin won back-to-back football titles, overpowering a rather anaemic Dr Crokes.

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                            #38
                            Good performance by Tyrone but Dublin stank the place out last night, it was like a throwback to the days of Tommy Lyons and Piller Caffrey, poor passing, sloppy tackling and double figures in wides, probably best we're out of the league, we need to regroup and for Gavin to decide his best 15 and stick with them or else 5 in a row will be a dream.

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                              #39
                              The Division One final next week will see Kerry play Mayo, after a routine win for the Kingdom away for Roscommon also relegated the Connacht side, while a win for James Horan's side against Monaghan combined with a Tyrone victory against Galway secured second place. Cavan were virtually relegated already, and a loss away to Dublin sealed their fate.

                              http://twitter.com/GAALeagueTables/status/1109846208372264960

                              Meath have ended a 13-year exile from Division One, thanks to victory over Fermanagh, and Donegal rebounded back to the top-flight also, after defeating their promotion rivals, Kildare. It was a bad day for Munster football as victory for Cork over Armagh failed to save the Rebels from relegation to Division Three, due to Clare defeating Tipperary, also dooming the Premier County.

                              https://twitter.com/GAALeagueTables/status/1109843300415139840

                              Division Three has been rendered complicated due to a back game, but what is clear is that Carlow and Sligo have been relegated, and Laois are guaranteed promotion. A combination of H2H rules and points difference also mean that Down cannot go up, regardless of the outstanding result.

                              http://twitter.com/GAALeagueTables/status/1109845781039718402

                              Division Four was decided two rounds ago, but Limerick have the ignominious crown of being the worst football team on the island of Ireland.

                              http://twitter.com/GAALeagueTables/status/1109830123614887937
                              Last edited by Diable Rouge; 24-03-2019, 15:46.

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                                #40
                                Limerick claim the first major trophy of the season in hurling, beating Waterford by 8 points 1.24 to 0.18. Certainly there seems to be a changing of the guard at the top with the above two sides along with Galway head and shoulders above everyone else and the traditional big three of Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny all having their own problems, it bodes well for the Championship when it starts in May.

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                                  #41
                                  Mayo beat Kerry in the football final, excellent open game with both sides having periods of dominance, while it was good to see two teams wanting to win instead of the defensive football we often get, it also showed their defensive frailties but they will both be in the mix at the end of the season.

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                                      #43
                                      The Championship begins with two games that would have been considered routine, but an interesting half-time score in Ruislip!

                                      http://twitter.com/ConnachtGAA/status/1125047328363241477

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                                        #44
                                        Only three points between them in the last few minutes, the challenge provoking this response:

                                        http://twitter.com/LondainGAA/status/1125057779499245568

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                                          #45
                                          The gallant Exiles ultimately lost by four in the end, but an excellent article on how more London-born players are featuring in the panel.

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                                            #46
                                            New York yet to score after 25 minutes, while Mayo have racked up 0-14.

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                                              #47
                                              Nice piece on the match, the crowd and New York's development

                                              The landslide represented a bloody nose for New York football, especially after three encouraging years which culminated in taking Leitrim to extra-time last season. They named seven New York-born players in their panel, a testament to the ongoing youth development work going on in the boroughs, with Michael Creegan and Shane Hogan starting while Tiernan Mathers and Ryan Kerley was sprung from the bench.

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                                                #48
                                                With the hurling season beginning this weekend, a preview of the round-robin competitions:

                                                Joe McDonagh Cup:

                                                Antrim
                                                Kerry
                                                Laois
                                                Offaly
                                                Westmeath

                                                Technically a second-tier cup, though the finalists progress to the All-Ireland series, but this promises to be a highly intriguing, exceptionally well-balanced competition. Offaly are still struggling to adjust to their recent demotion, and this season may come a year too early for redemption. Instead, Westmeath appear favourites, after narrow defeat to Carlow in 2018, with Antrim likely finalists. Sadly, relegation appears the most likely fate for Kerry, though they belied the odds to finish third last year.

                                                Leinster Hurling Championship:

                                                Carlow
                                                Dublin
                                                Galway
                                                Kilkenny
                                                Wexford

                                                A huge test for the Scallion Eaters, following promotion from the Joe McDonagh, and in truth, their home tie with Dublin offers the best prospect for a positive result. Galway start as favourites to retain their provincial crown, though Kilkenny will be strengthened by the return of their Ballyhale contingent after All-Ireland club success. Wexford may just edge out Dublin for the last qualification position.

                                                Munster Hurling Championship:

                                                Clare
                                                Cork
                                                Limerick
                                                Tipperary
                                                Waterford

                                                The Déise welcome Munster Championship hurling for the first time since the mid-Nineties, and that should help them finish in the top three. Limerick appear incredibly consistent, and should qualify for the Munster final, with Tipperary joining them in the showpiece.


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                                                  #49
                                                  Friend of mine is married into a Limerick family and he says everyone is expecting two (or more) in a row, think they're the best in Ireland and should be there in the mix,I know writing off Kilkenny is a fools errand but I don't think they have it this year and could struggle to get out of Leinster,I reckon
                                                  LEINSTER MUNSTER

                                                  Galway Limerick

                                                  Dublin Waterford

                                                  Wexford Tipperary

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                                                    #50
                                                    BBC coverage of the Ulster Senior Football Championship:

                                                    ​​​The Ulster Championship begins with Tyrone v Derry on Sunday 12 May.

                                                    Four Ulster Senior Football Championship games are to be shown live on BBC NI, with full deferred coverage available of the other four ties.

                                                    The first two live matches will be Antrim v Tyrone or Derry on Saturday 25 May and Fermanagh v Donegal on 26 May.

                                                    The semi-final on Saturday 8 June and the final on Sunday 23 June will also be broadcast live by BBC NI television.

                                                    The deferred games will be Tyrone v Derry, Cavan v Monaghan, Down v Armagh and the first semi-final on 2 June.

                                                    Once again this year, the live and deferred Ulster Championship games broadcast by BBC NI can be viewed again on the BBC iPlayer - on desktop, mobile or tablet devices and on smart TVs.

                                                    Matches will be available to view from 09:00 BST on the following Tuesday.

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