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GAA Previews: Offaly returns to senior hurling

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Mike Fitzpatrick

12:30 p.m.

Jr. Football ‘A’

Rangers vs. Down

This junior tie features two sides anxious to impress their strength upon their rivals. Having reached the championship semifinals last year, much expectation will be pinned upon the shoulders of Denis Tuomey’s Rangers, especially after their convincing win against Fermanagh a few weeks ago. Down, however, may not roll over so easily, and rumor has it that there may be a number of new faces in the Ulster side’s camp on Sunday. Expect a tough encounter with Rangers snatching the win.

2 p.m.

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Senior Hurling

Offaly vs. Tipperary

This year is Offaly’s first year in senior hurling in quite some time, though their performances last season while winning the junior title were so impressive that senior hurling should hold no anxieties for them. Tipp possess an impressive forward line, one that rifled in five goals against Clare, though Offaly’s back line should be well prepared for them. Expect to see a stubborn Offaly side eventually overcome by Tipperary.

3:30 p.m.

Senior Hurling

Offaly vs. Tipperary

Cavan provided the shock of the season in easily defeating champions Leitrim. Anthony Reihill’s men will be out to provide another shock. Tyrone, however, are unlikely to let lightening strike twice. Having already narrowly defeated last year’s finalists Stamford this season, Tyrone will no doubt come on strong against Cavan, and if Mike Slowey is playing for the Tyrone men, the Cavan backline had better come prepared. Tyrone to win.

5 p.m.

Senior Football

Clare vs. Longford

Clare played a revitalized Roscommon side earlier this season and were well beaten. Longford’s only outing so far this season had to be called off with only minutes remaining due to a serious thunderstorm. A tie, by the way, which until then was a classic, with the Longford men leading Sligo by 3-7 to 1-11. Expect Longford to inch past the threat of Clare.

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