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.More
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.More
Clare released the pressure by taking the wrong options when Tipp were vulnerable, writes Donal O’Grady.More
Today’s game is all about the opposing full-back and full-forward units, writes Donal O’Grady.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
The new hurling proposals focus almost entirely on the provincial championships. Why is this? asks Donal O’Grady.More
Reviewing this game, Clare will have concerns. Donal O’Grady breaks down the areas they need to work on.More
The provincial championship in Leinster presents what is essentially a three-horse race this summer, writes Donal O’Grady.
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.More
Tipp are now on full alert after sleepwalking into Galway, writes Donal O’Grady.