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Tipp’s hunger, Cork’s lack of aggression and Dublin’s season on the line

The faith Liam Sheedy showed in his Tipp players was repaid in buckets with their impressive seven point win over Cork on Sunday and Brendan Cummins joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle on this week’s Throw-In podcast to discuss their chances for the 2019 Championship. “The intensity is what impressed most,” said Cummins. “We spoke about how fast Cork were but it’s very hard to show your speed when you don’t have the ball. Tipp knew if they brought the aggression they’d...


The 2019 Hurling Championship Preview

The 2019 Hurling Championship starts with a bang this weekend and with so many contenders in the mix in both the Leinster and Munster Championships, the winners of this year's Liam MacCarthy is anyone's guess. This weekend, will Kilkenny's season be on the line against Dublin and will the question marks over Tipperary be shown up against Cork? Can anyone stop Limerick? And what about Galway and Clare? On this week's show, Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Vincent Hogan preview the likely...


The 2019 Football Championship Preview

The 2019 Football Championship is upon us and all focus is on the Dubs as they attempt an historic 5-in-a-row. But who can stop them and will the be surprises in store in the provinces and Super 8s? Joining Will Slattery and Michael Verney are INM's Conor McKeon and Colm Keys as they go through the contenders for this year's Sam Maguire, give their predictions for the Championship and highlight the some of the Rising Stars likely to make an impression over the summer of 2019. For more from...


Mayo cross a threshold, Limerick's scary heights, and Galway's camogie title

It's certainly not an All-Ireland, but for Mayo, their first League title since 2001, meant the world to them after ten lost finals since 01. Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Colm Keys look back on Mayo's magnificent win over Kerry and ask if the summer will finally be theirs as well? In the hurling League final, Limerick scored a clinical and comfortable victory over Waterford and John Mullane says they laid down a marker for the Championship and haven't even reached their peak yet. Plus,...


League Finals Preview Live Show with Joe Brolly & Jamesie O’Connor

Joe Brolly and Jamesie O'Connor joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle for a special Live Throw-In League Finals preview from the Croke Park Hotel. Not just focused with on the pitch matters, the panel also dealt with sports psychology, how some players didn't quite take to it in Joe and Jamesie's time and the best player management techniques. You don't want to miss Joe Brolly's Jim Gavin impression and stories from after the 2018 All Ireland final, plus the panel...


Why a sweeper is needed to beat Limerick, Kerry are playing without fear, and Cork’s decline

Limerick's aura of invincibility has continued into this year's League campaign and John Mullane joins Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Frank Roche on this week's Throw-In to assess his own county's chances against them in the final. "It’s the acid test for Waterford," he says. "They have to really up their performance to challenge this Limerick team and use the same template as Dublin by clogging up the middle third. Croke Park suits both teams but you'd have to side with the form team,...

Dublin’s problems, Corofin’s greatness and Waterford’s quiet success

For the first time in the Jim Gavin era, Dublin are not going to be competing in a League final, but, after defeat to Tyrone, are we reading too much into the Dubs’ defeat? Vincent Hogan, Conor McKeon and Ciaran Whelan joined Will Slattery on this week’s Throw-In to look back on all the weekend Allianz League action with Whelan pointing to the forward line as his main source of concern for Dublin. Kerry’s rise, Tyrone’s turn-around and Mayo’s potential are all pointing to what could be a...


Offaly’s fall, Tipp’s consistency problem, and Wexford face up to Kilkenny

Whilst the hurling quarter final line-ups have finally been decided, it’s the other end of the League that’s been getting most attention. Offaly’s defeat to Carlow sees them slipping down to Division 2 and it could be a long way back for the once formidable county. On this week’s Throw-In, Will Slattery was joined by Brendan Cummins, Conor McKeon and John Brennan, as well as former Wexford camogie star, Ursula Jacob, to look back on all the weekend League hurling and camogie action....


Bonus Ep: Joe Brolly on the desecration of the game at underage level

Joe Brolly joins the Throw-In for a bonus episode this week in which he describes the nihilism of Gaelic football by certain counties and which is even seeping into underage schools' teams. Pointing the finger at Fermanagh and Galway in particular, he says, "Every time Galway or Fermanagh win a game it’s a dagger through the heart of Gaelic football." With schools' teams now even pulling 15 players behind the ball, Brolly castigates those who espouse such philosophies in Gaelic football....


Kerry's Class of '92, Mayo's headaches, and watch out for Cork hurling

The postponement of games in yesterday's Division 1A hurling is going to cause headaches, consternation and a potential fixture pile-up that John Mullane believes is going to affect club players the most. John joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney, Roy Curtis and Tomás Ó'Sé on this week's show and voiced his anger at the problems that could be caused. "With no gap week in the schedule it means the clubs are going to be affected and club players going into the unknown again. It's totally...


Dublin the victims, Mayo's reality check and Tipp's new low

When is a home venue also a neutral venue? That's the square peg in a round hole that the GAA have managed to do and it's drawn a lot of criticism, including from Peter Canavan on this week's Throw-In. "Dublin are getting away with it and it shouldn’t be the case," he told Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle. "If, for example, Dublin were to play Tyrone in Clones as a neutral venue it changes things completely." On the pitch, Mayo were given a reality check by the Dubs, which...


Limerick are 'the top one', is Cody's Kilkenny empire crumbling, what Davy Fitz has done for Wexford

Limerick are "the top one", Is Cody's Kilkenny empire crumbling, what Davy Fitz has done for Wexford Limerick's comprehensive defeat of Kilkenny was the big talking point from the weekend’s Allianz Hurling League action with former Galway boss Cyril Farrell believing that the reigning All-Ireland champions are definitely the team to beat. Their place among hurling's top three has been questioned by some in recent weeks but Irish Independent columnist Farrell rates them as "the top one" after...


Jim Gavin’s risky gamble, Kerry’s Achilles heel, Cork’s decline and Tipp’s performance of the week

Kerry’s defeat of Dublin in Tralee on Saturday night was the biggest talking point from the weekend’s Allianz Football League action, but for Tomás Ó’Sé, there’s still an Achilles heel in the Kingdom that needs to be addressed. “It’s a great positive start from Kerry,” he told this week’s Throw-In podcast. “They’ve a young team and beating Dublin will mean more to Kerry and yet, despite cleaning out Dublin in the first half, they were still only two points up and Dublin coasted in for two...


One-paced Tipp, Páirc Ui Chaoimh disgrace, and Mayo building for the future

The confidence and feel-good factor for Limerick shows no sign of abating after their impressive ten point win over Tipperary in the weekend Allianz Hurling League action and on this week’s Throw-In, the panel are tipping John Kiely’s players for another strong summer. Joining Will Slattery and Michael Verney on the show was Colm Keys and John Mullane though Mullane cautions about reading too much into the early part of the season. “We’ve been here before,” he says. “Remember Tipp in 2017?...


Putting doubts into Dublin, Kerry tighten up and hurling's shadow-boxing

After the opening round of Allianz Football and Hurling League games, Tomás Ó Sé and Brendan Cummins joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Conor McKeon to review all the big games. Is it too early to raise question marks after Dublin's defeat to Monaghan in Clones and are Kerry going too defensive after their dour victory over Tyrone? In the hurling, Brendan Cummins says the shadow boxing is going on until the summer and Tipperary against Clare in Ennis in the Munster Championship will be...


Allianz Leagues Preview 2019 - Do Kerry need to toughen up? Can Tipperary overcome their demons?

It's time for the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues once again and the Throw-In is back for another series of analysis, reaction, interviews and reviews with the journalists and columnists from, the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent. On this week's show, Will Slattery is joined by co-presenter, Michael Verney, as well as Vincent Hogan and Donnchadh Boyle to make their predictions for the hurling and football leagues. In the football, all eyes are on Kerry under the...


Dublin star Noelle Healy on winning back-to-back All-Irelands and importance of finally beating Cork

On this week's episode of the Throw-In, Will Slattery looks back on the All-Ireland ladies football final with Dublin star Noelle Healy. Dublin secured back-to-back titles after finally getting over the line against Cork, after losing three consecutive deciders to the Rebelettes in 2014, 2015 and 2016. However, on this occasion Dublin were able to beat their biggest rivals, and Healy admits that the prospect of finally beating Cork was spoken about often in the pre-game build-up. Healy...


Cork come out on top, refereeing controversy and camogie at a crossroads

On this week's episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery is joined by Limerick defender Fiona Hickey to discuss the All-Ireland camogie final between Cork and Kilkenny. For the second year in-a-row, Cork defeated Kilkenny by a single point in the decider but this year's contest was marred by a controversial refreeing performance by Eamon Cassidy. Hickey says that Cassidy's performance took away from the occasion and that the association needs to look at the rules of camogie now that players...


Dominant Dubs, where Tyrone went wrong and All Star predictions

On this episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery is joined by Frank Roche, Colm Keys and Alan Brogan to discuss Dublin's win over Tyrone in the All-Ireland final. Talk of the tactical battle dominated the build-up to the game and the panel assess whether Mickey Harte went about beating Jim Gavin's men the right way. Alan Brogan thinks Harte got some of his match-ups wrong while Frank Roche says that Tyrone's poor shot selection was a big factor in their defeat. Talk has already turned to...


Football final preview: Is there any way for Tyrone to stop Dublin's four in-a-row charge?

On this week's episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery is joined by Donnchadh Boyle of the Irish Independent, Conor McKeon of The Herald and ex-Monaghan midfielder Dick Clerkin to preview the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Tyrone. The lads start by discussing the low-key build-up to the showpiece game - is the lack of interest down to the state of football or due to Dublin's dominance? A lot has been made of Mickey Harte's record in finals and the influence that could have on...