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Vincent Hogan: Nowhere to hide as Waterford and Galway strive to keep All-Ireland hopes alive

Axe swings menacingly over Fitzgerald and McIntyre as Waterford and Galway strive to keep All-Ireland hopes alive in Thurles showdown

Published 23/07/2011 | 05:00

It has been 13 days since Waterford found themselves reduced to a play-thing in that junky old bowl by the marina and no one can truly say if Tipperary left them in a cupboard or a bin.

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Davy Fitzgerald took a leap of faith calling his Monday morning meeting for Dungarvan, knowing it had to represent a contravention of their natural condition. On the bus out of Cork, he told the players that anyone seeking solace in drink that night would, essentially, be removing themselves from the panel.

This was a gamble. The caricature of Waterford hurling across the years is one of unsaintly beauty. Conformity, supposedly, brought them out in hives. Losing a Munster final by seven goals would, historically, have been taken as a licence for decadence and epic self-pity.

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