Donal O'Grady - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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DONAL O'GRADY: Imperfections of competitive league can be resolved

The outcome of this year’s Allianz Hurling League has thrown up many questions about the structure of the competition.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Tipperary v Wexford: Tipp goals can defy smart Wexford collective

Tipp rely on Seamus Callanan and John McGrath to create goal chances out of nothing, writes Donal O’Grady.

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