Donal O'Grady - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL O'GRADY: Cork must be sharp and smart to deny Waterford cause

When defeated in a big game you cannot wait to get a crack at the same opposition, seeking revenge. There’s a matter of pride and unity of purpose involved. This is a powerful stimulus which provides a strong incentive for a committed response.

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DONAL O'GRADY: David Burke and Johnny Coen crucial to Galway’s ambitions

Uncle Mo and Ian — a little bit of literary licence is required with Ian, who I’ll get to later — are two impostors that will have a bearing on the semi-final tomorrow, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Clare mislay first principles in splendid Páirc Uí Chaoimh Nua

Clare released the pressure by taking the wrong options when Tipp were vulnerable, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Clare must not starve their hungry hitman again

Today’s game is all about the opposing full-back and full-forward units, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Cork had to think their way to Munster glory

Cork manager Kieran Kingston must be very pleased with this Munster Championship win. The final was a different game to the earlier wins by the Rebels.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Blessed are Cork and Clare's linebreakers in Munster final

Tomorrow’s encounter with the Banner will be a horse of a different colour to the previous two outings and will be the Rebels’ toughest game to date, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Cork energy serves culture shock to McGrath’s Déise

The concern in Cork prior to Sunday’s game was that Waterford, unlike Tipp, would adopt a tough, tight approach, cutting down Rebel space up front, strangling the game.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Waterford will look to steer Cork into heavy traffic

Cork need to bring this game down to individual one-on-one battles up front and attempt to undermine the Déise defensive system through long-range scores and by direct running at the heart of the defence, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Kilkenny can pack midfield to bypass Wexford’s sweeper system

Wexford may not be favourites, but after their successful league campaign and with a home fixture the level of expectation brings its own pressure. Sometimes, this can overwhelm individuals, leading to simple mistakes, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Hurling proposals fix the one thing that wasn’t broken

The new hurling proposals focus almost entirely on the provincial championships. Why is this? asks Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Clare’s ideal world: In a final with much to work on

Reviewing this game, Clare will have concerns. Donal O’Grady breaks down the areas they need to work on.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Galway won’t replicate Tipperary showing, but winning ugly will do until September

The provincial championship in Leinster presents what is essentially a three-horse race this summer, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Proud Kingston won the tactical battle

Kieran Kingston mentioned on these pages last week the Cork management wanted a performance that would make them proud. After 20 minutes in Semple Stadium on Sunday, that had been achieved.

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DONAL O'GRADY: No fear of Cork ambush as Tipperary wide wake after league slumber

Tipp are now on full alert after sleepwalking into Galway, writes Donal O’Grady.

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