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Re: The 2018 National Hurling Leagues Discussion Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2018, 04:00:15 PM »
Waterford lads looked a bit unfit, probably a longer lay off than normal, they wont become a bad team over night! expect them in the business end of things again come championship...
Noel Connors had an arse on him ready to burst out his shorts!
Derek McGrath will become another Waterford manager ousted by the players if their slump continues.

He must have heard Paul Shelly was making a comeback for Tipp and needed the extra bulk to deal with Tipps own chip eating monster.

All the same Noel could do with another size up in the shorts, the nads must be in bits after a game.

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« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2018, 10:05:42 PM »
Waterford looking very lethargic and maybe therer's a bit of burn out with them. Mentally you would wonder if they are suffering from the final defeat last year. It's still very early in the year though and the harder ground will suit them better. With the new format it's like finishing the league to play another league so plenty of games to come.

Tipp are motoring nicely but Wexford could have gotten something from the game. They could both meet again in the knockout stages and you wouldn't bet against the yellow bellies.

Laois performing very well and the 5 point victory didn't flatter them at all. Two big battles to come against Offaly and Dublin and they will not lack confidence going in to these games based on what's gone before. Avoiding a relegation battle will be the main goal and a q/f spot will be a bonus. Dubs not looking good at the moment and have to go to Portlaoise in their last game. They've had little difficulty with Laois in recent times but that might be different this year.

Tipp will always be too clinical for wexford and i suspect wexford are further along the road fitness wise. Mcgrath i would have doubts about. I don't really like his tactics. Waterford will still do well with their players but could do better.

Disappointing result for antrim. Antrim against offaly of laois in playoff it would appear. Waterford look in trouble in the top division.

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Re: The 2018 National Hurling Leagues Discussion Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2018, 02:35:05 PM »
Big game in 1B this Sunday is the Offaly Laois game in Tullamore. Great to have a decent rivalry back between these2 counties.
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Re: The 2018 National Hurling Leagues Discussion Thread
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2018, 02:00:03 PM »
Tight in the Offaly Laois game, think Tipp should beat the Cats! Nowlan Park not a fortress anymore
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« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2018, 02:34:18 PM »
Joe Quaid should resign at half time, Carlow 3-09 Kildare 0-01. Both counties were at a similar level a few years back and at underage level Kildare have been making a small bit of progress.

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« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2018, 02:56:23 PM »
The Cats are licking their lips and sharpening their claws!! Fair intensity to this game
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« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2018, 03:07:04 PM »
Games turning on its head!
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« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2018, 08:07:39 PM »
The pitch in Cork looked terrible today!!

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Re: The 2018 National Hurling Leagues Discussion Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2018, 08:40:10 PM »
Tight in the Offaly Laois game, think Tipp should beat the Cats! Nowlan Park not a fortress anymore
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« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2018, 11:07:11 PM »
The pitch in Cork looked terrible today!!

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« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2018, 01:14:10 PM »
Someone could have done themselves a mischief on that pitch, plus if anything the state of it didn't suit Cork as much as Waterford.

Time to give that farm in Naul a shout for a new surface already.

Maurice still not hurling well either.


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Re: The 2018 National Hurling Leagues Discussion Thread
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2018, 10:27:17 AM »
Some cracking games this weekend.

Galway v Limerick - can Limerick finally get promoted.

Laois v Dublin - can Laois get a vital win to prevent a relegation play off.

KK v Wexford will be some battle in 1a considering the cats got some of their mojo back last time out and Davy will have Wexford going all out.
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Re: The 2018 National Hurling Leagues Discussion Thread
« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2018, 10:49:24 AM »
Some cracking games this weekend.

Galway v Limerick - can Limerick finally get promoted.

Laois v Dublin - can Laois get a vital win to prevent a relegation play off.

KK v Wexford will be some battle in 1a considering the cats got some of their mojo back last time out and Davy will have Wexford going all out.
Galway have been taking it easy. Not sure they want to get promoted. They like 1B cos you can test out players at little cost. And still win the league. The setup is nuts.
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« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2018, 02:20:51 PM »
Some cracking games this weekend.

Galway v Limerick - can Limerick finally get promoted.

Laois v Dublin - can Laois get a vital win to prevent a relegation play off.

KK v Wexford will be some battle in 1a considering the cats got some of their mojo back last time out and Davy will have Wexford going all out.
Galway have been taking it easy. Not sure they want to get promoted. They like 1B cos you can test out players at little cost. And still win the league. The setup is nuts.

Depends where you are in terms of team development.

Galway can live in 1B for a year or two as they've got a settled spine of the team by and large in their prime and are hardened championship campaigners whereas Limerick aren't.
They're a young and mostly untested team who haven't really had a good run in the championship for a few years now and need to be in 1A to get that on a regular basis.
The restructuring of the Munster and Leinster championships to round robin may help Limerick in this regard, but they really need out of 1B.

IMO the structure is good for the likes of Laois, Antrim and even Dublin and Offaly who really need to rebuild as they get competitive games and also get a crack at some bigger fish in the same division and maybe get a playoff place for another day out against a 1A team.

I wouldn't be rushing to change the hurling leagues just yet.