Donal O'Grady - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL O'GRADY: Hard to see chinks in the Kilkenny armour

All the protagonists for this year’s All-Ireland have dipped their toes in the water at this stage.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Tactical masterclass reveals Waterford had Clare well ‘taped’

There comes a time in most games when a little incident is the catalyst for the final shift in momentum for one team.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Cork lost because of fundamental failures

Tipperary’s superb first touch, commitment, control of the midfield/halfback area and the slick movement up front of John ‘Bubbles’ Dwyer, John McGrath and Seamus Callanan posed massive challenges for Cork on Sunday.

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DONAL O'GRADY: How Tipperary will create space to go for the jugular

A lack of defensive fundamentals, rather than opponents’ creativity, often decides a game. Cork must be robust but flexible at the back in Thurles, writes Donal O’Grady.

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DONAL O'GRADY: It’s time for the GAA to bring TMO into play

There was much post-match debate about the refereeing decisions in last Sunday’s league final replay, particularly the last free given to Clare from which Tony Kelly struck the equaliser.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Is the full-forward role now a thing of the past?

The Waterford and Clare systems have effectively retired the position of full-forward, writes Donal O’Grady

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DONAL O'GRADY: Thurles action proves hurling landscape has changed forever

Prior to the weekend certain question marks hung over the Waterford camp.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Shrewd Cork switches prove reserve strength

The modern game lasts for at least 75 minutes and five substitutions is now the norm for every team. Cork supporters would have feared for their prospects when they picked up the match programme and saw the list of replacements available to manager Kieran Kingston.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Pressurised Galway must walk the walk

This weekend only five hurling managers of the 10 involved will really feel the pressure, writes Donal O’Grady.

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