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What's everyones thoughts for this year. Limerick are where they need to be and I'm fairly confident they are favourites again this year but it's hard to judge form just from club games so who knows.
I think having a backdoor takes huge pressure off too.

So how does everyone else see it going this year?

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 1236 - 09/10/2020 13:45:28    2296579

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Replying To Breezy:  "What's everyones thoughts for this year. Limerick are where they need to be and I'm fairly confident they are favourites again this year but it's hard to judge form just from club games so who knows.
I think having a backdoor takes huge pressure off too.

So how does everyone else see it going this year?"
Limerick the team to beat again this year I reckon. They will be hard to beat.

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 3406 - 09/10/2020 13:52:26    2296580

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Limerick or Tipp

From my own county's perspective, I'm not looking past Laois. I'm hoping we can make up for last years disaster result and get the win. We get past that potential banana skin, we can have a real crack at Leinster. I really don't think there's much between ourselves, Wexford and Kilkenny. We can all beat each other on any given day.

ConnollyDub (Dublin) - Posts: 2000 - 09/10/2020 14:03:31    2296583

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Replying To Fionn:  "Limerick the team to beat again this year I reckon. They will be hard to beat."
It's a lottery in my opinion. Tipp Limerick Galway top 3 but would nt write off Kilkenny Cork or Dublin either

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3037 - 09/10/2020 14:04:31    2296584

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Cork for the double football and hurling.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 14092 - 09/10/2020 14:26:51    2296594

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "It's a lottery in my opinion. Tipp Limerick Galway top 3 but would nt write off Kilkenny Cork or Dublin either"
It's the best and worst thing about it at the moment. Probably 8 out of 10 again this year with a genuine hope of going all the way.

Limerick finally have a winning team and everyone else decides to go be competitive at the same time. Typical

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 1236 - 09/10/2020 14:31:49    2296595

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Replying To Breezy:  "It's the best and worst thing about it at the moment. Probably 8 out of 10 again this year with a genuine hope of going all the way.

Limerick finally have a winning team and everyone else decides to go be competitive at the same time. Typical"
I'm laughing at your thoughts breezy but you are right. The hurling championship was never as competitive. For years you had 3 or 4 teams in mer Galway and 2 in Leinster cos when Offaly were up Wexford were down. Now you have still Galway Kilkenny Wexford and Dublin and the 5 in munster. Finally when Limerick back near the top of the ladder they all climbing up.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3037 - 09/10/2020 15:20:27    2296600

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Tipp or Limerick are the two stand out favourites.

Wexford next and then Galway imo.

I don't think we'll see an All-Ireland winner out of any of the rest.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13493 - 09/10/2020 16:20:20    2296608

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Cork for the double football and hurling."
15 years since Cork have won Liam.

They're a Div 3 Football team, it'll be awhile until their ready to win a Munster, let alone Sam.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13493 - 09/10/2020 16:23:17    2296610

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Replying To MesAmis:  "15 years since Cork have won Liam.

They're a Div 3 Football team, it'll be awhile until their ready to win a Munster, let alone Sam."
Mmm maybe mes, but this is the strangest of years, and they're a county that are capable do anything.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 14092 - 09/10/2020 18:36:17    2296623

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Impossible to call given its new territory for everyone. Tipp cship appeared strong this year but that's likely down to the fast sod. I think fast ground may suit Tipp more than most but I couldnt call it now. A lot might depend on what the weather is like and if its bad, who handles it best.
I think if Wexford can continue to improve their shooting then they have a right chance. Limerick are most definitely favourites but arguably have a less reliable free taker than some of the rest. The team to beat no that but for some reason I have a suspicion that it could be a team less obvious this year.
Very interested to see what Waterford do under Liam Cahill.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3587 - 09/10/2020 21:08:46    2296638

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Impossible to predict anything this year, my guess is there will be some opt outs before a ball is kicked and then we don't know how the extended time off will effect teams.

In the football I can't see past Dublin again, they are the most seasoned and experienced team and are bringing back nearly all their most important players. There are a few teams that can beat them but I don't think they will this year.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 2101 - 09/10/2020 21:21:58    2296639

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Mmm maybe mes, but this is the strangest of years, and they're a county that are capable do anything."
They're really not.

They're the same as the rest of us.

When was the last time their footballers or hurlers came from nowhere to win the All-Ireland? Decades ago maybe.

If they could find a couple of lads to help out Patrick Horgan they'd have a chance to be fair. Best comment I saw about their defeat to Kilkenny last year was "Cork let Patrick Horgan down again".

The footballers could develop into a decent team eventually but they're a Division 3 team on merit. Division 3 teams don't beat Kerry in Championship Football.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13493 - 09/10/2020 21:23:34    2296640

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I think Galway have a better chance of the double than Cork at the minute.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 2148 - 09/10/2020 22:08:25    2296645

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The majority seems to have written off Cork, Clare and ourselves but thats okay there hasn't been a ball struck in anger yet.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 2207 - 09/10/2020 22:21:02    2296646

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Replying To Breezy:  "It's the best and worst thing about it at the moment. Probably 8 out of 10 again this year with a genuine hope of going all the way.

Limerick finally have a winning team and everyone else decides to go be competitive at the same time. Typical"
Don't worry Breezy. 8 out of 10 night harbour genuine hopes of winning it but not all of those 8 have demonstrated a genuine capacity to win it. Dublin haven't won it since 1938. Waterford haven't won it since 1959. Wexford haven't won it since 1996. Cork haven't won it since 2005. Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kilkenny and Tipp have all won it since 2013. I'm not sure if Clare are now capable of winning it again. Take your pick from the other 4. That's where your winner will come from. Football at the moment is being dominated by one of the three greatest teams the GAA has ever seen. The other two are Kerry 1975-1986 and Kilkenny 2000-2009. It's hard to see past Dublin but the straight knock out format will give teams a glimmer of hope that Dublin can be taken out.

Greengrass (Louth) - Posts: 5796 - 10/10/2020 01:22:59    2296652

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Replying To MesAmis:  "They're really not.

They're the same as the rest of us.

When was the last time their footballers or hurlers came from nowhere to win the All-Ireland? Decades ago maybe.

If they could find a couple of lads to help out Patrick Horgan they'd have a chance to be fair. Best comment I saw about their defeat to Kilkenny last year was "Cork let Patrick Horgan down again".

The footballers could develop into a decent team eventually but they're a Division 3 team on merit. Division 3 teams don't beat Kerry in Championship Football."
I know what you're saying mes, but it's 7 months since the intercounty teams have pucked or kicked a ball in anger and even at that teams were only at 50/60% back then so there's bound to be a flattness, under normal circumstances I'd give us the nod against Cork in PUC but this is far from normal, we'll have 2 league games against monaghan and Donegal who may well have their sights set on the ulster championship to set ourselves up for having a lash at Cork, Cork are already as good as promoted so not a lot on the line for them either so we'll be going in blind.

In fairness i don't know anything about hurling really but this long lay off and winter ball plus teams maybe losing big players due to Covid could throw up an unusual winner or then again maybe not.

I wonder what odds you'd get from the bookies for a Cork double?

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 14092 - 10/10/2020 08:42:33    2296654

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Given the Covid situation in the North at the moment it is hard to see, imho, how 6 counties teams can take part. I am glad to see the GAA finishing the national leagues. It is a less risky bet in that if cases increase it can be scrapped. Regarding the championship, well Dublin in the football and Tipp in the hurling are favourites. I would like to see Galway or Mayo win the football. And the hurling, well that is more open.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 2315 - 10/10/2020 11:17:20    2296670

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Cork could be the surprise in Football. Beat Kerry and anything is possible.
A lot could happen in the hurling. Limerick are my favorites but there's 6 teams that could win it. Clare not one of them I think unless Brain Lohan can really surprise us.

ZUL10 (Clare) - Posts: 654 - 10/10/2020 13:15:29    2296686

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Hopefully lots of surprises in the football.

Agree with the opinion that if Cork can get rid of Kerry in Munster they could cause serious problems from whoever comes out of Ulster and Connacht. Otherwise Kerry will reach the AI final. Munster is simple. The Tipp/Clare conundrum could also come into play this year for the year thats in it.

If anyone beats Dublin it'll nearly mean more than winning the All-Ireland at this point. Dublin, if they are to be beaten, wont be beaten until the last 4 at earliest.

Bold prediction from me; watch out for Armagh. I've been saying it for years. One of the most talented footballing teams for years. If they can put all of the pieces in the right place they can become a big side. Also watch out for Monaghan. Donegal/Tyrone also obvious contenders with Down/Cavan being well able on the right occassion. Ulster is very interesting this year.

Leinster: Meath/Kildare can never be written off completely but either could be caught any day if they dont perform. Neither will beat Dublin in any case. Potential surprise packages in Offaly and Longford.

Young_gael (Meath) - Posts: 496 - 10/10/2020 16:13:41    2296697

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