Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Dublin will target Waterford in the physical stakes. Rushe, Chris Crummy, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte are all big, powerful men. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford were having a superb year, arriving into a Munster final on a high, until all of a sudden they were beaten twice in three days. They (...)

Kieran Bergin battles past Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin in last year’s replayed All-Ireland final. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kieran Bergin is adopting a light-hearted view on the injury sustained by fellow Tipperary defender Pádraic Maher, at least for now. Maher injured hi(...)

Seamus Callanan: “he’s toughened up and his confidence has just grown”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

With five Munster hurling titles to his name, John Leahy can afford to question Tipperary’s now three-year wait since their last one. Although that w(...)

Tipperary will hope Padraic Maher gets on the front foot against Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

So, round three for Eamon O’Shea and Tipperary. You would easily forget looking at the bookies’ odds that it’s Limerick who have won the two so far(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan was last year’s Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The school where Richie Hogan teaches on Dublin’s northside is about 10 minutes on a bike from the Clontarf seafront where we’ve arranged to meet. Thi(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

 Pádraic Maher claims the sliotar ahead Tipperary team-mate  Ronan Maher and Kilkenny’s  Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A match at  Semple Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

TIPPERARY 2-22 KILKENNY 1-13 It’s always a bit pointless describing Allianz League matches the following spring as “revenge” or “consolation”(...)

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton: replaces Seán Currie at Croke Park for the Division One match against Tyrone. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin football captain Stephen Cluxton returns for his first match of this season’s league and will keep goal as the holders take on Tyrone at Croke (...)

The Tipperary duo of  Denis Maher and Kieran Bergin challenge  Iarlaith Tannian of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash at  Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20Two Tipperary goals just after half-time helped them to stave off a strong closing quarter by Galway in this robust league e(...)

  Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary collide in the drawn All-Ireland hurling final on September 7th at Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28, Croke Park, September 7thIn heaven, all hurling matches come down to the last puck. It’s not supposed to be like that ba(...)