GAA National Hurling League Division One Preview & Betting Tips | Shane Dowling
GAA Hurling Ambassador, Shane Dowling, gives his weekend tips and predictions in the National Hurling League.
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🗣️ "They underperformed in recent years. They need silverware, if you don't, it's never a good season!"@dowlerznap previews Tipperary v Dublin in National Hurling League Division 1 on Saturday.
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He said: “Dublin have been going fairly well in the league so far and a lot of people have complimented them over the last few weeks.
“From a Tipperary perspective, they just about got over the line against Kilkenny.
“They have a lot of new players that they are trying to blood in. The difference between Tipperary and Dublin at the minute is that Tipperary have new faces, they are under a new manager who is trying to get a settled team ahead of the Championship.
“Dublin are under Mattie Kenny for the last number of years with the same core group of players and I think this is a big year for the Dubs. They have underperformed over the last few years and Kenny knows he needs to get a big year out of them.
“You’d like to think that Dublin are probably ahead of Tipperary over the last couple of years and in the league so far this year and I think its going to be far from a difficult evening for Dublin at Semple Stadium. If you’re looking for value, then Dublin at 7/4 has to be it and I’m going for the Dublin win.”
🗣️ "They have got off to a great start in the league, but I’m not sure I’d be as confident about them this week"@dowlerznap previews Galway v Wexford in National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday.
📺 TG4, 2pm.
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“I’m not sure I’d be so confident about Wexford this week as I was last week, but they have got off to a great start in the league. The only thing that Pearse Stadium in Galway and Wexford Park have in common is that they’re both very windy locations.
“There is always a massive breeze going down the pitch. While Galway are always at a huge advantage playing at home with the conditions, I don’t think it will phase Wexford as much as they are used to similar conditions.
“In saying that, Galway had a huge win against Limerick. They were extremely physical. Looking at this weekend a lot will think Galway are going to win, but I think the Wexford boys are really going to see where they are at after this game. They won’t be driving to Galway just to try and put in a performance, they will want to make three from three.
“Galway and Wexford over the years have always been great games. Galway know where they are after beating Limerick, but they will need to back up that performance this weekend.
“I think it’s going to be a close game and over the last few weeks a lot of the games have been close. I think Wexford will at least cover the handicap of +4 at 10/11.
🗣️ "Limerick will want to win & Cork will want to get one over them, it has the makings to be a great game"@dowlerznap previews Limerick v Cork in National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday.
📺 TG4, 3.45pm.
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“I’ve been making excuses for Limerick over the last couple of weeks saying they are a number of weeks behind teams for various different reasons, but John Keily put that to bed in his last post-match interview. He said they had seven weeks work done, so there is no excuse. If he is not using that as an excuse, then I certainly won’t be. They’ve had an extra week off now.
“They will be going for it this weekend. They have to get a win on Sunday to try get the show back on the road.
“From a Cork perspective, over the last couple of years they have been beaten a number of times by Limerick. Cork have got off to a good start in the league and I think this is going to be a smashing game.
“Limerick are going to want to win and Cork will want to get one over them, so it has the makings to be a great game.
“Teams won’t be afraid of Limerick anymore if Cork beat them. They will be going into games firmly believing they can beat them. It’s only six weeks away from the start of the championship, but I do believe Limerick will win this weekend.
“They have had a bit more time and had a week off, with more work under their belts. I was at the Limerick v Cork game last year and Limerick were very good that day.
“I think Limerick will win, but it will be very disappointing if Cork don’t put up a big show and I would fancy the visitors with a +3 handicap at 10/11.”
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More about the author:
In 2016 he won a Senior Club Hurling Championship with Na Piarsaigh. He won four Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship titles as well as five Limerick Senior Hurling Championships.
He also won a prestigious All-Star award in 2014.
In July 2020 Dowling sadly announced his retirement from inter-county hurling due to knee issues aged 27.
He currently appears on RTE and other media outlets as a hurling pundit.