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#A Closer Look

# a-closer-look - Monday 4 September, 2017

Analysis: Galway deserving All-Ireland winners as Waterford system buckles under intense heat

The Tribesmen were deserving winners of this September decider.

# a-closer-look - Thursday 31 August, 2017

Analysis: Waterford's 'Brick' Wall, Galway's physical edge, style wars - All-Ireland final preview

This should be a cracking decider between two teams with contrasting styles.

# a-closer-look - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Race For Sam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland football glory

Mayo, Kerry, Tyrone and Dublin are left in the hunt.

# a-closer-look - Monday 14 August, 2017

Analysis: Waterford's homework done, Cork's strengths nullified, game-changing moments

Waterford showed composure and maturity to kill off the challenge of 14-man Cork.

# a-closer-look - Monday 7 August, 2017

Analysis: Galway's magnificent defensive wall, costly Tipp errors, Canning's wonder winner

Galway were deserving winners of yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final.

# a-closer-look - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

Race For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glory

Galway, Tipperary, Cork and Waterford are all still in the running.

# a-closer-look - Monday 24 July, 2017

Analysis: Tipp vulnerable but mojo returning, Clare meltdown, 'Brick' the unsung Waterford hero

There were good and bad signs for Tipperary against Clare, while Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was Waterford’s unsung hero in their victory over Wexford.

# a-closer-look - Monday 10 July, 2017

Analysis: Cadogan and Horgan are Cork's weapons of mass destruction against wasteful Clare

The Rebels were deserving winners of yesterday’s Munster senior hurling final, keeping it simple again and relying on a tried and trusted system.

# a-closer-look - Monday 3 July, 2017

Analysis: Wexford suffer in black period as Galway's simplicity and aerial power wins the day

Wexford, while bringing serious intensity and physicality to yesterday’s Leinster final, crumbled under pressure and Galway will take some stopping in All-Ireland race.

# a-closer-look - Monday 19 June, 2017

Analysis: Cork's diagonal ball weapon, more superb defending, 11-week break hurts Waterford

I wondered if Cork’s performance against Tipp was a one-off but they improved even more to see off Waterford.

# a-closer-look - Monday 12 June, 2017

Analysis: Wexford in bullying mode, Kilkenny attack doesn't function, Lee Chin the leader

Wexford asked the majority of the questions, and had the answers when required, against the Cats at Innovate Wexford Park.

# a-closer-look - Monday 5 June, 2017

Analysis: Clare emerge as All-Ireland contenders but Limerick must rethink strategy

Clare varied their play very well yesterday but Limerick would profit from a more consistent, direct approach.

# a-closer-look - Monday 29 May, 2017

Analysis: Men against boys as Galway devour Dublin to confirm All-Ireland hurling credentials

This was impressive stuff from Galway but Dublin were desperately poor and naive in Tullamore.

# a-closer-look - Monday 22 May, 2017

Analysis: Nash the catalyst as Cork's Rebel rising too much for a Tipp team lacking aggression

Cork’s defending and use of possession was much improved compared to last year’s meeting between the counties.

# a-closer-look - Monday 24 April, 2017

Analysis: How Galway's defensive brilliance obliterated Tipperary's league title dreams

Confirmation, if needed, yesterday that Galway are genuine All-Ireland contenders.

# a-closer-look - Thursday 4 August, 2016