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“Lots used to be made concerning amateurs against professionals. There’s nothing amateurish about how they prepare.”

Australian trainer Chris Scott has been impressed by Ireland’s operation in Perth.

“I thought the refereeing was vain. Michael Murphy was tortured all day. He was being dragged all over the place without having a free. I don’t mind a guy being targeted when he receives pay. There was no cover for him today.”

Michael Murphy obtained no defense from the referees, according to Irish manager Joe Kernan.

“It is an incredible honour to be asked to play on your nation. If it’s in Jupiter, we’ll go to Jupiter – wherever it is on we’ll attempt to strike it.”

Clare’s Gary Brennan outlined exactly what it means to him to pull on the green jersey.

“Winning four Munster club names, it is a phenomenal accomplishment. The only team we’re behind today is Blackrock, that are among the greatest teams ever to play, be it in club or county level. For our men to be only one behind them and to acquire as much as we’ve won because 2011 just shows how challenging they men are.”

Shane O’Neill and Na Piarsaigh continued their winning ways against Ballygunner.

“To be honest we don’t have any complaints. They left everything on the area and they did their very very best. That’s all you can ask of fellas every day that they go out.”

Gunners manager Fergal Hartley could not have asked for much more from his players.

I saw him two weeks ago. Today again I think that he scored 1-3 – yeah, incredible.”

“They took the game to us and had a right go at all and you have to admire them for this.”

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny took his hat off to the Wexford champions.

“We are moving into a game at which we’ll be completely written off. We are in a situation where we won’t be favourites but having said this, we’ve got a bit of work to do over the next few months and we won’t be moving in there gently.”

“We went to put high balls into the square to find out if it would work. We did perform. Sometimes they come off and they don’t. We were just lucky today they did come away.”

Beneath Jason O’Reilly’s advice, Cavan Gaels netted five goals in their dramatic Ulster Club SFC semi-final playoff success over Derrygonnelly Harps.

“It was always a childhood dream to play for Kerry and to do so for so long fills me with amazing pride. I have been so lucky to play with some of the best players that the sport has ever seen, and will be forever grateful for sharing yet another incredible journey together.”

“He has been an excellent servant for Kerry stretching back to 2004, winning five All-Irelands on the manner. He has had remarkable success at heart level. His kicking ability has ever been his biggest advantage. His ball is next to none and he is the greatest stylist. I want him all the very best for the future.”

Eamonn Fitzmaurice paid tribute to the 32-year-old.

“They’re probably aware of the number of games we have to play at the Munster championship following year too. It plays a part in these decisions. In certain years, these contests can be convenient if you are trying to blood players. If we had been inside, we’d still be trying to acquire it but we’re from it today and we’ve got different targets.”

Tipperary star ahead Seamus Callanan backed his management’s decision to withdraw in your Munster SHL.

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