Womens Rugby World Cup – Review

The tournament moved to Belfast this week after a successful opening week in Dublin. The games today were well supported considering the inclement conditions. It was a day where Ireland’s tournament hit rock bottom with a comprehensive thumping from Australia, England and New Zealand advancing to the final with two contrasting encounters. Hawkeye Sidekick reviews … More Womens Rugby World Cup – Review

All Ireland U21 Hurling Semi-Final Review

Two contrasting All Ireland U21 Hurling semi-finals this evening at the sublime surroundings of Thurles. Kilkenny hardly broke sweat in a fifty-two point victory over a hapless, confidence derived Derry outfit while Limerick battled through an excellent encounter against a Galway side by four points. Hawkeye Sidekick reviews the action. I think for the organizers … More All Ireland U21 Hurling Semi-Final Review

Women’s Rugby World Cup Reflections

I think it is fair to say that the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup has being fully embraced by Ireland; excellent crowds, superb atmosphere and all teams extremely complementary of the hospitality and tournament linguistics provided so far. The front runners have flexed their muscles, the hosts have struggled for form and continuity while the … More Women’s Rugby World Cup Reflections

All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final Preview: Cork vs. Waterford

After the drama of last weekend, this weekend sees the second All Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final with Munster kingpins Cork facing a Waterford side who have steadily built confidence through the qualifiers. Hawkeye Sidekick previews the action. How have Cork managed the five week break? A key factor in the lead-up to this fixture. Several … More All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final Preview: Cork vs. Waterford

Guinness Pro 14: Scottish Teams Preview

Before the announcement that the Guinness Pro 12 league would expand to fourteen teams, the most off the field news in the league came from Scotland where Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors announced new head coaches and several marquee player arrivals and departures to boot. Hawkeye Sidekick casts his eye on the goings on in Scotland … More Guinness Pro 14: Scottish Teams Preview

Guinness Pro 14 Preview: Italian Clubs

Benetton Rugby and Zebre arrive in the newly revamped Guinness Pro 14 format with questions a plenty on their competitiveness. For Zebre, a conscious decision to become a development team. For Benetton Treviso, the aim is to become more competitive and climb up the conference standings. Hawkeye Sidekick casts an eye on the off-season goings … More Guinness Pro 14 Preview: Italian Clubs

All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final: Galway vs. Tipperary

The first of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Finals takes place this Sunday. NHL champions Galway take on reigning All Ireland Champions Tipperary in an eagerly anticipated tussle. Hawkeye Sidekick looks at both teams and wonders if this Galway’s time to deliver. Offense wins games, defense wins championships The often used cliche but I think … More All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final: Galway vs. Tipperary