Tony Considine - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

TONY CONSIDINE: Blaming Model flop on flurry of games is lame excuse

Let’s call a spade a spade here, the only positive from yesterday’s double-header in Thurles was the crowd of 43,088.

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Keith Rossiter: Absolutely crucial for Wexford.

TONY CONSIDINE: Limerick will stand up to Model physicality

First of all, it is surprising to hear Wexford giving out about where the game is going to be played.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Christen new arena the JBM Stadium

This was the last Munster championship game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh before they close the doors for the rebuild. Whatever about the game, it was a fitting result and the Cork fans certainly went home happy.

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Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Has shown a willingness to make the big calls.

TONY CONSIDINE: Home advantage gives Cork edge

Three big games in the hurling championship again this weekend, two in the qualifiers, but I’m going to start with the Munster final, and the two managers.

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TONY CONSIDINE: No way Dublin game-plan was going to catch Cats napping

I have a bit of weeding to do now at home, not the kind of job you’d normally look forward to but I have to say, pulling weeds will be nearly enjoyable after this.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Wexford didn’t believe they could beat Banner

Two really entertaining games in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday and, thanks to the timing, I was able to get to both, though the extra-time in Ennis put real pressure on heading to Thurles.

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Johnny McCaffrey - part of an outstanding Dublin midfield with Joey Boland

TONY CONSIDINE: Dublin have improved, but Galway games will stand to Kilkenny

I’m going to start today with the Leinster final, though it’s not the most important game of the weekend.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Kilkenny’s fiery sideline attitude passes to players

When Kilkenny get time to think about what they’re doing they’re better than anyone.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Avoiding Tipp gives Kilkenny greater incentive

Monday’s qualifier draw heaped even greater spice on tonight’s Leinster championship semi-final replay. Awaiting the loser is a clash against Tipperary, in Thurles, next weekend. Some pressure!

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TONY CONSIDINE: Cats seemed to forget art of defence

Three things spring to mind immediately after this game in Tullamore yesterday.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Galway have players but not the team to force Cats through back door

I got a call from a Galway supporter during the week who has followed the team since 1975 but won’t be going to Tullamore tomorrow.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Banner must get rid of baggage and drive on

Now that the dust has settled on Sunday’s loss to Cork the focus in Clare is on how to resurrect their challenge for September glory.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Cork had game won before throw-in

Before the ball was thrown in, Cork had this game won.

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Alan Cadogan has been a great find for Cork this year.

TONY CONSIDINE: Fasten your seat belts for a rollercoaster Semple ride

There’s a lot of comparisons being drawn between this Clare team and the Banner team of the nineties. That’s unfair, on both sides.

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Cork and Waterford players tangle off the ball after Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash had a penalty saved by Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O'Keeffe. Picture: SPORTSFILE

TONY CONSIDINE: Cork could learn one lesson from Kilkenny – be ruthless

The only bit of entertainment I got out of the two games this weekend was meeting the renowned Effin’ Eddie from YouTube fame in the middle of the field at Semple Stadium, writes Tony Considine.

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Mark Ellis: Impressed against Waterford.

TONY CONSIDINE: Plenty drama but where’s the physicality and intensity?

There has been plenty drama and excitement in the opening weekends of the Munster SHC but that shouldn’t paper over some worrying issues.

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Limerick's James Ryan and Wayne McNamara in celebratory mood  after their victory over Tipperary.Picture: Inpho

TONY CONSIDINE: Going back to their roots helps Limerick take leap forward

I questioned on Saturday how many tight games this Tipperary team had won, thought this might be the one. I was wrong, they came up short again, and in their home ground.

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Michael Cahill: Could be in trouble injury-wise

TONY CONSIDINE: All signs point to Treaty being in rude health

I cannot understand all the pessimism about Limerick, especially in the county itself.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Waterford will know they left a golden chance behind them

Half-time was important for Cork. I’d say a few harsh words were spoken.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Time right for Déise new boys to make mark

Cork versus Waterford — what rivalry, what outstanding tradition they have.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Exhausted up in the stands after riveting game

There was one winner in Semple Stadium in this league final, above either Kilkenny or Tipperary, and that winner was hurling.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Throw ’em the ball and just let Cats and Tipp get on with it

The best games in the last number of years have been between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

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