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It was a poor championship for me 27/08/15

| August 27, 2015

Well folks here we are at the end of the championship season and whatever about how good or bad it was for various counties I know it was not a good season for me. In fact many of you are probably already saying ‘what does he know about hurling’ given that I tipped Tipp to land the All-Ireland crown from way back.

Hands up I got it wrong but I have to say that Galway surprised me when they dumped my selection out of the contest at the semi final stage. To be fair it was one of the games of the year and one that will live in the memory for a long time to come.

Tipp were hot favourites to win but Galway had other ideas and the manner in which they took on their opponents could be an example for other teams in the future. They showed great spirit, guts and a never say die attitude which is vital if you are to overcome more fancied opponents in any game.

Their prize for all the effort is a final meeting with Kilkenny and I really cannot see them repeating their Tipperary success against the Cats. It would be great for hurling if Galway could land the crown and I think hurling people everywhere (except Kilkenny) will be shouting them on, but I just cannot see Kilkenny losing (knowing my luck this year that is probably a good boost for Galway)

Kilkenny even have the advantage of having beaten the westerners in the Leinster final and it will take a mighty effort from Galway to pull this one off.

However, they showed against Tipperary what they are capable of and if they can up their performance for a second game in a row and really take the game to Kilkenny then I suppose anything could happen and if they do manage to take Liam McCarthy back to the West there will be some celebration.

Whatever happens Galway have been the team of the year in this year’s championship and they have really improved as they year has gone on and they are now fully entitled to their place at the top table of hurling.

Turning briefly to the local championship I expect Oulart/The Ballagh, St. Annes, The Harries and Shels to battle it out in the semi-finals but there could be a surprise, but then what would I know?

Our camogie ladies went down to a good Galway team but they were really robbed y the referee who played six and a half minutes of extra time when the board showed just four minutes. Galway scored their winning point when the game should have been over. Hard luck girls you were robbed.

Enjoy the All Ireland!

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