There was just hurling action in the Allianz Leagues over the weekend and on this week’s Throw-In, Vincent Hogan, Donnchadh Boyle and John Mullane joined Will Slattery to look back on all the games. Galway’s resurgence under Shane O’Neill and their 3-12 scored in the second half to seal victory over Tipperary caught the eye the most and John Mullane reckons their potent forward line could be one to watch in the summer. Waterford have also been rejuvenated under a new manager and Liam Cahill’s philosophy and ethos were highlighted by Vincent Hogan and the panel when discussing the Deise’s new energy and attitude. May 10th sees Tipperary visit Waterford in their Munster Championship fixture and Liam Sheedy knows Tipp have an awful lot of work to do between now and then to come away with a win. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
Tyrone v Dublin being played in horrendous conditions with plenty of history between these teams, what could possibly go wrong? This week on the Throw-In, Ciaran Whelan joins Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Colm Keys to discuss the fall-out from the game. Plus the panel discuss Mayo’s failings and difficulties ahead for James Horan as they seek to re-build for the future. In hurling, John Mullane joins Will, Michael and Colm to discuss how the League format has taken the sting out of so many games and highlights the fact that managers are looking to bed down squad players at this time of year. Finally with the GAA Congress voting in its first ever overseas President as well as a host of rule changes, including the ditching of the black card in hurling, the Throw-In panel give their verdict on the effect of Congress’ decisions. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
Does Dublin have a weakness, the Padraig Joyce effect, cynicism in football, the state of hurling referees, Brian Lohan's direct route and the positive effect of the new camogie rules are all up for discussion on this week's Throw-In. Tomás Ó'Se, Brendan Cummins and Ursula Jacob join Michael Verney, John Brennan and Roy Curtis with all the latest opinion and analysis from the weekend GAA action. While Joe Brolly says Jim Gavin's baseball cap could manage this team, Brolly could be the waterboy reckons Ó'Sé and he believes it is scary for the other teams in the country looking to beat the Dubs. In hurling, Brendan Cummins applauds Clare's more direct approach but says the old failings of possession without being dominant still needs to be addressed. And leave the game alone the panel all agree on. The resurgence of Waterford, the strength of Wexford, and Clare's rising under Lohan, along with the traditional heavyweights, shows there's not much wrong with hurling. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
On this week's episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery and Michael Verney are joined by John Mullane and Frank Roche to review the latest weekend of Allianz League action. What was meant to be a hurling-only weekend also ended up featuring three football matches as inclement weather continues to cause havoc with the schedule. Limerick vs Waterford and Galway vs Tipperary were both called off last weekend, which will cause a delay in the hurling league later in the campaign. On the pitch, Wexford pipped Kilkenny in another dramatic clash between the sides, and Mullane thinks that Davy Fitzgerald's men now have a psychological edge in the rivalry. Mullane also thinks that Wexford's attacking defenders are transforming the sport, and thinks the Yellow Bellies are still firmly All-Ireland contenders. In football, the lads assess the state of play in the lower divisions, with the promotion and relegation battles extremely difficult to call in Division Two, Three and Four. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
Referees, umpires, cards and time-keeping all came under the microscope after this weekend’s Allianz Football League games and on this week’s Throw-In, Ciaran Whelan joined Will Slattery and Donnchadh Boyle to go through all the big talking points. Whelan slammed the Clifford sending off believing it was an easy cop-out to dish out two yellows. "Let's look at the context of the incident and see would it be the defender instigating this and if it is the defender, let's start punishing the defender and instead of the cop-out of just saying it's handy here to give two yellow cards,” he told Will and Donnchadh. “It was one of those classic GAA solutions to a classic GAA problem,” said Donnchadh Boyle. “I suppose at club level you kind of expect to see that sort of stuff and it's probably accepted really at that level but you do expect the county game, for everyone involved, referees, umpires, linesmen to be more sophisticated, to have seen all these tricks before and to call it for what it was.” The recurring failings of the Kerry defence also came to the fore, while in the Dublin-Monaghan game, timekeeping was a sore point for many from the Ulster side. For Dessie Farrell, it was a chance to blood young talent and Sean Bugler caught the eye of Whelan whom he likens to a Diarmuid Connolly. Meanwhile, Galway’s win over Donegal has people asking if Joyce’s Tribesmen are the sleeping giant of 2020? While looking to Division Two, with just two points separating top from bottom it could go right down to the wire in a dogfight in the final weekend. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
Playing with fourteen men, the clash in Castlebar between Mayo and Dublin became a foregone conclusion, but for David Brady, who joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and John Brennan on this week’s Throw-In, the failings on the scoreboard over long periods of time is still a major cause of concern for his county. Also looking back on the football action, the panel discussed Kerry’s victory over Galway in Tralee with Padraig Joyce’s Galway a team re-invigorated and Kerry’s backline still looking porous. Plus there was a big win for Monaghan over Tyrone in the all-Ulster derby. In hurling, John Mullane was on the show with the sin-bin top of the agenda and all agreeing that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Plus there was also a discussion of the League revamp which has meant the edge and pressure has been taken away from many of the games. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
The Allianz Leagues began with a bang over the weekend and while it’s a new era for Dublin under Dessie Farrell, the rivalry with Kerry is still the one to watch in 2020. Tomás Ó’Sé joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Conor McKeon to look back on the drawn game in Croker as well as all the other football action, including Padraic Joyce’s opening win as Galway manager and Mayo’s draw with Donegal. However, it was the advanced mark that was generating most of the talking points with Ó’Sé calling for it to be scrapped. “Why is it being brought in now? Defensive football is not the blight it was,” he tells the panel. In hurling, John Mullane joined Will, Michael and Conor, and he believes Tipp’s surrender of a ten point lead against Limerick will prove to be a big psychological boost for John Kiely’s men if they meet again in the Championship. Plus, he sees good things happening for Waterford under Liam Cahill, “You’re going to see Waterford back challenging and will be able to put it up to anyone on their day,” he says. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
The Throw-In is back for another weekly series covering the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues. On this first show, Will Slattery and Michael Verney are joined by the Irish Independent's, Vincent Hogan and Colm Keys, as they preview the 2020 series. In football, how will Dublin fare in the post-Jim Gavin era, can Kerry start to fulfil their promise, and will Galway be challengers again? In hurling, can Limerick prove the doubters wrong, will Waterford build under Liam Cahill's guidance, and who can ever write Tipp or Kilkenny off? Plus, the lads also look back on the heroics of Corofin and Ballyhale in retaining their All Ireland club titles. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
On a special episode of The Throw-In podcast, Will Slattery is joined by Joe Davitt and Sean Potts to discuss The Herald's Decades of the Dubs annual.The book is a collection of The Herald's six-part series on the history of Dublin GAA from the 1950s to Jim Gavin's side completing a historic five in-a-row in 2019.Joe helped produce the annual while Sean was a contributor and both have a wealth of knowledge of Dublin GAA.The annual features in-depth interviews with Dublin legends like Mickey Whelan and Jimmy Keaveney, as well as player diaries from the likes of Alan Brogan and Ciaran Whelan.As well as that, there is an extensive collection of sensational photographs included, some from all the way back in the 1950s.
The Dubs did it. History was made and Jim Gavin achieved what the games' greats, Mick O'Dwyer and Brian Cody, couldn't do. The promised land of the 5-in-a-row was reached. For the final Throw-In of the season, Will Slattery and Michael Verney were joined by the Irish Independent's Donnachadh Boyle as well as Tomás Ó'Sé to reflect on the game and the Dubs' wider place in history. Plus, Cork legend, Bríd Stack, was also on the show to look back on the ladies final decider. "People talk about All Irelands will come for this Kerry team," says Ó'Sé. "But by who and how? The players have to make it happen, it won't just come." Eoin Murchan gets the Throw-In's final Rising Star award for the Championship with his incredible goal and stand-out performance and just shows how Gavin has been able to consistently renew and change the Dublin team across their five-in-a-row. "I retired in 2013 and thought this feeling wouldn't be back, but it is," Tomás Ó'Sé tells the panel. "It's just a feeling of being flat and depressed, it's hard to describe." It was also a double for Dublin GAA with the Ladies team winning their own three-in-a-row with victory over Galway. Despite a record crowd of 55,000+, it wasn't a spectacle to be enjoyed. Bríd Stack joined the lads with her analysis and believes that the narrow, direct running game on show didn't showcase the best of what Galway and Dublin are about. Does the end justify the means? Three-in-a-row will probably say it does. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
On the latest episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery and Michael Verney are joined by Donnchadh Boyle of the Irish Independent and Cork legend Brid Stack to look ahead to the All-Ireland football final replay and the ladies football final. Jim Gavin has some big selection calls to make, chiefly whether to change up his defence after it struggled to contain Kerry's vaunted attack. Youngster Eoin Murchan is one name tipped to come into the side, which could see James McCarthy shift to midfield and Michael Darragh Macauley drop to the bench. One of the key questions is whether Jonny Cooper marks David Clifford again after picking up two yellow cards in the drawn game. Donnchadh thinks Cooper will definitely be handed the man-marking job once again, with Gavin showing faith with his defensive general. In the ladies final, Dublin are huge favourites to beat Galway and complete three in-a-row, and Stack thinks they will be hard beaten. However, she also says that if Galway play at 100%, a shock could be on the card. The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gais Energy.
With Galway winning their first All-Ireland camogie title since 2013, beating Kilkenny 3-14 to 0-17, it wasn’t a result that the Throw-In panel had predicted. Joining Will Slattery and Michael Verney to look back on the three 2019 camogie finals was Dublin’s Aisling Maher, and Ursula Jacob, Wexford’s former All Star. Although it was a heart-breaking third final defeat in a row for the Cats – with manager Ann Downey stepping down in the aftermath - It was a great match with two high-performing and high-scoring teams showcasing the best of the sport in front of a record final crowd. Niamh Kilkenny was at the fulcrum of Galway’s persistence, scoring, setting up scores, standing up and leading from the front. Plus a special word must also go to Westmeath who claimed their first Intermediate title as well as Kerry for their first Junior camogie title - especially as they have just the one adult club with the players all from the Clanmaurice club. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
It’s a repeat of the 2013 final with Galway v Kilkenny facing off in the 2019 Camogie All Ireland final on Sunday and Dublin’s Aisling Maher and former Kilkenny All Star, Elaine Aylward, joined Will Slattery and Michael Verney on this week’s Throw-In to preview the game. It’s the best attack (Kilkenny) against the best defence (Galway) and promises to be a tight game with Kilkenny seeking revenge for their League final defeat to Galway earlier in the year. Kilkenny made amends beating their opponents in the opening group game in Athenry in June and are favourites to pick up their first camogie title since 2016 having suffered two subsequent All Ireland defeats at the hands of Cork. But, Aisling Maher believes that Galway have that bit more focus and mental strength this year, though whether they can hold out the Kilkenny forwards is another matter. While both Aisling and Elaine are predicting a Kilkenny victory they are hoping for a flowing, open and skilful game to showcase the best of what the game has to offer on its biggest day of the year. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
It was one of the best football finals of the decade and Dublin and Kerry get to do it all again, but did Kerry leave it behind them? Ciaran Whelan joined Michael Verney, Frank Roche and Conor McKeon to look back on the 2019 All Ireland final and he reckons both teams have room to improve for the replay on September 14th. "These Kerry forwards are a special talent and operating at a different level to what Dublin have been used to," says Whelan. "Dublin will improve. They won’t be happy with that level of performance. But Kerry will also get better. Is this the start of something special from them?" All the panellists tip Dublin to win the replay but Kerry's belief will be real going into the game and it's all set up for another tension-filled, dramatic finale. History is still on the line. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
On the eve of the 2019 All Ireland Football Final, the Throw-In previewed the potential history-making clash between Dublin and Kerry live from Croke Park. Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó’Sé, Alan Brogan and Martin Breheny joined Will Slattery and Michael Verney to give their verdicts on Dublin’s 5-in-a-row chances and how Kerry can hope to live with the Dublin machine. Plus, the panel answered audience questions on the greatest players never to have won an All Ireland, how this Dublin team compares to Mick O’Dwyer’s Kerry greats, and even how Joe Brolly introduced Tomás Ó’Sé to TV punditry! For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
This is the big one. Dublin v Kerry. All Ireland football final. Dublin going for history for 5-in-a-row. The Kingdom standing in their way. Are Dublin the greatest football team ever? Will Micko's Kerry greats finally be outshone? Joining Will Slattery and Michael Verney on the Throw-In as they look ahead to the football final was Martin Breheny, the Irish Independent's GAA Editor, who will be attending his 100th All Ireland final. Martin looks back on some of the highlights from the previous 99, his favourite moments and best teams. He remembers when journalists could go into the team dressing-rooms after the final, could ring up players or managers any time for an interview, and even when he got to eat, stay, travel and go to mass with the Galway hurlers in 1987. Plus, he compares this Dublin team to the Kerry 5-in-a-row chasing team in 1982. He backed Kerry in May for the All Ireland but won't reveal whether he's sticking with that prediction - you'll have to read it in Saturday's Indo he says! For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
Tipperary is basking in the glow of an incredible 2019 season for them with the U20s picking up their own All Ireland title just a week after the seniors success and this week’s Throw-In with Will Slattery and Michael Verney looks back on the weekend action. And the future is bright for Tipperary hurling judging by the U20s devastation of Cork in the final with an amazing four goals in the opening ten minutes. Jerome Cahill was one of a trio, including Jake Morris and Paddy Cadell, who claimed senior medals in Croke Park and they will be looking to make their mark on Liam Sheedy’s team in the next few years. Meanwhile, for Cork, with no underage All Ireland hurling since 2001, they need to start winning again to quell any doubts about themselves moving forwards. Will and Michael also review the Ladies football semi-finals with 10,000 in attendance for the first Ladies semi-finals to be held in Croke Park between Dublin v Cork and Galway v Mayo with Dublin and Galway winning out. Like the men’s team, Dublin Ladies are building their own footballing dynasty seeking a three-in-a-row while their opponents, Galway are in their first final since 2005. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy. ** Join the Throw-In Live in association with Bord Gáis Energy on Saturday, August 31, from Croke Park for the best All Ireland football final preview, analysis and stories from the dressing-room. It’s the perfect way to get in the mood for the final and to hear some of the biggest names in the game give their predictions on the night. You can be there with Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó Sé, Alan Brogan, Martin Breheny, Michael Verney and Will Slattery as the show looks ahead to the big game. Plus, there will be some great prizes up for grabs on the night, including two pairs of tickets to the All-Ireland Final. Tickets are free but limited so you’ll need to apply before August 28 to avoid missing out. If you can’t make it on the night, the show will also be recorded and broadcast live on the Independent.ie’s Facebook channel so be sure to tune in. You can register for your free tickets at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ **
The hurling decade started with Tipperary and has now ended with Tipp as All Ireland champions once again. Brendan Cummins joined Will Slattery, Colm Keys, Frank Roche and Donnchadh Boyle on this week's show to assess Tipp's dominance over the Cats in recent years. After all, this has been the most successful period for Tipp since the 1960s and have the shackles of the past been finally thrown off and is this Tipperary team the benchmark for future generations? "The experience of the players along with the younger firepower has upped their game management," believes Cummins. "All-Ireland medals are won by the teams and players that keep their composure the most. Who can keep their head when the pressure is on? That’s why Liam MacCarthy is heading back to Thurles this year." The panel also gave their nominations for Hurler of the Year - Seamus Callanan was the overall pick, with no surprises there - and gave special mention to their Rising Stars with Tipp's youngsters and Galway's minors deserving special mention. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
All Ireland hurling finals are something very special and this year promises to be no different. It’s the return of the heavyweights: Tipperary v Kilkenny, Liam Sheedy v Brian Cody III. No manager has beaten Brian Cody in two finals so will this be the year that it happens? Previewing the 2019 All Ireland Hurling Final with Will Slattery and Michael Verney on this week’s Throw-In are Donnchadh Boyle, Conor McKeon and John Mullane. While the panel believes it’s ‘as 50-50 as you can get’, they are edging towards Tipp’s greater firepower to get them over the line. All will be revealed come Sunday…. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
For ten minutes it was 'footballing perfection' as the Dubs blitzed Mayo to leave them in the dust. Was it as good as Dublin have played under Jim Gavin and what chance does Kerry have of stopping them in the final? Tomás Ó'Sé joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney, Conor McKeon and Donnchadh Boyle to look back on the weekend semi-finals and Ó'Sé reckons there's too many what-ifs for the Kingdom to win. "Do Kerry press forward? You have to target Stephen Cluxton, but do you trust the Kerry defence? There’s so many fires for Kerry to put out all over the pitch," he says. The panel also discusses the future of Mickey Harte and whether he is still the best person to lead Tyrone football, plus they give their picks for their Rising Stars. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy. *** Get FREE tickets to The Throw-In Live in Croke Park in association with Bord Gáis Energy on Saturday, 17 August *** Following on from the success of the recent Throw-In Live in Gorey in association with Bord Gáis Energy, we’re coming to Croke Park on Saturday, August 17. Join Joe Canning, John Mullane, Eddie Brennan, Brendan Cummins, Will Slattery and Michael Verney as they look ahead to the clash of the heavyweights, Tipperary v Kilkenny, and Sheedy v Cody III. It promises to be a great night of hurling chat, craic and stories from some of the game's legends. We will also be giving away All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final tickets plus signed Kilkenny and Tipperary jerseys on the night. Tickets are free but places are limited so to be in with a chance of joining us on Saturday, August 17 in Croke Park, just register here: https://competitions.independent.ie/get-free-tickets-to-the-throw-in-live-in-croke-park-in-association-with-bord-gais-energy-on-saturday-17-august.html Doors open at 6pm and the live show is 7-8pm. If you can't make it on the night, the event will also be recorded and broadcast live on Independent.ie's Facebook channel so be sure to tune in.