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Time for Galway to stand up and show what they can do



YOU wouldn’t want to be Einstein to figure out the level of intensity Kilkenny can be expected to bring to Nowlan Park on Sunday when they host Galway in a crunch Leinster hurling championship round-robin tie (2pm).

The Tribesmen can be braced for a ferocious challenge from the Cats who are still smarting from failing to come out on top in any of the counties’ three provincial championship collisions in 2018. A draw in the Leinster final was the best Kilkenny could do before losing the replay by seven points (1-28 to 3-15).

Galway had already mastered them (1-22 to 2-11) in the earlier round-robin series, leaving Kilkenny with some serious scores to settle. Nobody does revenge like them and it’s easy to imagine Brian Cody stoking their motivational flames this week.

Whatever about Kilkenny losing to the men from the West in Thurles, Croke Park or Pearse Stadium, the prospect of falling on their sacred own turf would be a serious non-runner and probably borders on an affront to their core traditional values.

Against a background of growing local pessimism about the team’s championship prospects, Galway are undoubtedly under pressure to deliver a big statement at the home of Kilkenny hurling.

Of course, Joe Canning’s continuing absence complicates Galway’s hopes of maintaining their recent superiority over Kilkenny, while the form of several key individuals remains a worry, but with the stakes so high on Sunday and a lot of pride at stake, David Burke and company should not be lacking in drive.

Yet, there is a responsibility on the Micheál Donoghue led management to heed the hard evidence of the outings against Carlow and Wexford. Some surgery needs to be carried out and the word on the grapevine is that Galway will have a few changes in personnel for the trip to Kilkenny.

See full preview this week in Tribune Sport.


Hurling semi-final is off



Tomorrow’s County Senior Hurling semi-final is off, after Gort GAA Club officially informed Galway GAA that they will not be fulfilling the refixed fixture against St Thomas’.

A statement from the Galway County Board today (Saturday) confirmed Gort’s position, and asked patrons not to attend Kenny Park, adding that ticket refunds will be issued this week.

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Galway U20s aiming to end long All-Ireland title famine



Galway U20 hurlers bid to secure the county’s first national title at this grade in a decade when they clash with Munster champions Cork in next Tuesday’s All-Ireland final at Semple Stadium, Thurles (7:30pm).

Under the old U21 grade – changed to U20 in 2019 – the Tribesmen won 10 titles, but, despite a plethora of All-Ireland minor crowns in the last decade, they have failed to swell the tally. Indeed, their only All-Ireland final appearance in this time was in 2016, when they lost out to Waterford on a 5-15 to 0-14 scoreline.

The inability to transition minor successes to the U20/21 grade has, perhaps, become more acute with the seniors’ failure to build on their memorable All-Ireland win of 2017 but, in any event, Galway U20 boss Jeffrey Lynskey says the pressure to succeed – and the ambition – is no different from that in any other Galway set-up.

“Yeah, look, every Galway manager is under pressure to win matches and win All-Irelands,” he states. “It won’t be from a lack of prep or work on Tuesday night. What we got to do is make sure we are right ourselves, individually and collectively, and go out and represent Galway and put in a performance that hopefully will get us over the line.”

Most of the discourse in the lead-in to this All-Ireland showdown, however, has been dominated by Covid-19. Originally scheduled for Saturday, August 7th, the fixture had to be pushed out by 10 days when it was confirmed a member of the Cork squad tested positive for Covid. The HSE decision subsequently instructed all members of the Cork camp to quarantine.

As that story was breaking, Galway were also hit with a case of their own and they, too, have had their preparations disrupted by a similar scenario. “So, they (players affected) have been in isolation,” confirms Lynskey. “We have followed all protocols and worked with our team doctor and the HSE.

“All the lads are due back this week and you are hoping we will have a clean bill of health by Thursday (today). Look, I don’t think there is a team out there that hasn’t been affected by Covid. We were down eight lads the last week, but it gave us a chance to work with other guys, in particular the (2020) minors. So, we have been working away with them.”

While those forced to stand out with Covid issues only missed two sessions, Lynskey notes that they will still have to be monitored upon their return.

“The team will be picked on who is healthy and who is able. I spoke to the Dublin management and they found with the lads who they had coming back (from Covid), their energy levels weren’t there. So, we will be monitoring the lads closely over the next couple of sessions. It is not easy, but you just have to deal with it and adapt.”

All going well, it will be the hurling rather than any other issue that will take centre stage next Tuesday. After wins over Kilkenny (1-18 to 1-13) and Dublin (2-15 to 0-15) in the Leinster semi-final and final respectively, Galway can enter this clash against favourites Cork with a great degree of optimism.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the Galway-Cork preview, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Difficult draw for champs St Thomas’ in senior title race



COUNTY SHC champions St. Thomas’ will have it all to do to defend their crown after they were drawn in a group containing two heavy-hitters in Cappataggle and Liam Mellows – along with the team that last dumped them out of the senior championship in 2017, Killimordaly.

St. Thomas’ claimed a famous three-in-a-row last year when defeating a resurgent Turloughmore in the county decider and, while they have avoided the 2020 finalists, they have been pitted against last year’s semi-finalists Cappataggle and 2017 winners Liam Mellows.

Both Cappataggle and Liam Mellows have consistently competed at the business end of the championship in recent years, with Cappy pushing Thomas’ all the way in last year’s semi-final, with the champions just edging the contest on a 1-15 to 0-17 scoreline.

While St. Thomas’ also saw off Killimordaly by 1-23 to 2-16 in the quarter-final stage in 2020, they will still be wary of a Killimordaly outfit that dumped them out of the championship at the preliminary quarter-final stage in 2017.

In the aftermath of that defeat, Kevin Lally took over the managerial reins and in the ensuing three years St. Thomas’ cemented their status as one of the county’s top clubs with three senior championship title wins on the bounce.

Over the winter, however, there has been a change in management, with Lally and trainer TJ Ryan stepping down and former hurler Kenneth Burke, who has a growing reputation as a mentor and coach, taking over.

Burke is also a son of former manager John Burke and what he offers is a continuity from two previous managerial set-ups that have been hugely successful.

The 2021 senior and intermediate championships commence on the weekend of September 11 and 12 and, as always, they promise much.

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