"That's what hurling is all about. It was a man's game out there, toe to toe, and that's what it was today."
The International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia won't take place this year.
Competition favourites Antrim overturned a one point half-time deficit to see off the challenge of Roscommon in round 2A at Dunloy.
Here are our previews for this weekend's hurling clashes across the country and abroad.
Kildare manager Joe Quaid has made two changes to his starting team for Saturday's Christy Ring Cup round 2B encounter with Wicklow in Arklow.
The draws for this year's Kildare senior and intermediate football championships took place last weekend.
26th April Leixlip v Balyna 1.08 v 1.08
The GAA has confirmed its panels of referees for the 2016 Championship in Hurling and Gaelic Football.
Kildare manager Joe Quaid did not mince his words following his side's Christy Ring Cup defeat to Antrim.
Despite the disappointment of losing the Division Three final, Kildare manager Cian O'Neill admitted there were a few positives to take from the game.
As Dublin, Tyrone, Clare and Louth celebrated league success over the weekend, we select our football team of the week...
The performance of referee Noel Mooney in Saturday's Allianz FL Division 3 final left a lot to be desired, according to Kildare manager Cian O'Neill.
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A great day to be Irish ... and particularly a Dub!
Our senior ladies edged a step closer to a semi final spot this evening with another away win this time against Kill on a scoreline of 3-09 to 3-05.
"They are the athletes people came to watch today, and for them to be treated that way I don't think was appropriate."
Clare corner forward Eoin Cleary held his nerve to kick the winning point in the 75th minute to earn a 2-17 to 1-19 win over Kildare.
The draws for the second round of the Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups were made this evening.
There were wins for London, Roscommon, Meath and Antrim on the opening day of the 2016 Christy Ring Cup competition.
Reigning champions Kilkenny are safely through to the semi-final stages of the Leinster MHC while Wexford are celebrating a thrilling extra-time victory over Dublin.
All roads led to Croke Park this weekend as the first two of the NFL finals took place.
Clare manager Colm Collins has kept faith with the team that lost to Kildare last time out for this evening's Allianz FL Division 3 decider against the Lilywhites.