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Derek McGrath: Waterford's approach has structure and flair - Irish Times

“People ask me does it irritate me. It doesn't really. It's just not true.” The last thing Derek McGrath needs right now is another question about Waterford's religiously-worked sweeper system. It's not the only reason Waterford are back in the All ...and more »

Ollie Canning says Galway no longer depend on Cannings alone - Irish Times

These are testing times for the impartiality of hurling analysts such as Ollie Canning. Sunday's All-Ireland final not only has younger brother Joe seeking that elusive title with Galway after years of trying, but their nephew Jack is also in the minor ...and more »

Seán Moran: Galway and Waterford have overthrown the establishment - Irish Times

The undertow from the football waves crashing down from the weekend tends to wash away some of the attention the hurling final would have got in the pre-qualifier era, but Sunday's unique All-Ireland pairing stands as its own monument. For a start ...and more »

Galway have lots of room for improvement – David Burke - Irish Times

This may be a novel All-Ireland hurling final for the country but for most of the Galway players, the All-Ireland final is no novelty. Runners-up in 2015, Galway had to watch last year as Tipperary, who had edged them by a point in the semi-final, went ...and more »

Eoin Murphy passes on lessons of 2008 to Déise young guns - Irish Times

Eoin Murphy doesn't mince his words when it come to recalling the All-Ireland final he played in. The Waterford selector was corner-back in 2008 and went into the final with an All Star already under his belt from 2006 and a growing constituency ...and more »

All-Ireland SHC final countdown: Murphy recalls skull fracture - Irish Times

Plenty of hurlers retire with lifelong battle scars and Waterford selector Eoin Murphy offered up a scary reminder of his at the county press event at the Granville Hotel. In April 2011, then aged 32, Murphy was struck in the head while playing for his ...and more »

Ciarán Murphy: League win over Waterford turned season for Galway - Irish Times

We filed into Pearse Stadium last April feeling a little swizzed, to borrow a phrase from Brian Kerr. It was one of the those rare occasions where the Galway footballers and hurlers were sharing a billing but it was only on the day before that it ...and more »

Get their match-ups right and Waterford will beat Galway in a shootout -

I'm really looking forward to Sunday. It's going to be one hell of a game. It's captured every neutral's imagination because it's such a unique pairing in the final. It's as intriguing as it gets. Galway have a bit of an edge experience-wise as they've ...and more »

Déise All-Ireland legends reckon Waterford have a chance - Irish Times

Although Waterford are about to play only their second All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in more than half a century, some of players involved in the county's last success are feeling bullish about the Déise's chances against Galway on Sunday. It is ...and more »

All-Ireland SHC final countdown: Mullane ready to go naked - Irish Times

Not long into the championship, after Waterford lost the Munster semi-final to Cork, their five-time All Star forward John Mullane merrily declared that “if Waterford win the All-Ireland, I'll jump on a horse in the nude and go down the quays”. When ...and more »