Sunday 11 December 2016

Last weekend showed pure beauty of the GAA

Published 02/07/2015 | 02:30

Kieran Martin
Kieran Martin

Two things happened last weekend that showed us the passion and beauty of the GAA. If you weren't moved by them you may as well head off and watch sumo wrestling.

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First, Wexford, playing in Division 4 next season, beat a Down side on their way to Division 1. Huge kudos to David Power and his team for pulling off a major shock.

And it just shows what's possible if you give the weaker counties home advantage in the qualifiers, as I believe the GAA should do in every round. We need to help these counties out and if we do we'll have more counties competing for the big prizes.

Then there was Westmeath's epic comeback for their first ever win over Meath in the championship. It was glorious.

I was so impressed by Kieran Martin after he moved into the forwards - the way he ran directly, he was like a beast.

And there was the youth and exuberance of John Heslin, who went for a goal right at the death when a more experienced player would have tapped the ball over the bar for the insurance point.

What would have happened if he'd hit the post and Meath swept up the field to score a goal? Their shot at history would have been ruined. I'm just glad it worked out for them.

The pace that Dublin played with in hammering Kildare was just incredible and they have gone to a completely different level. Players like Jonny Cooper, Philip McMahon and Jack McCaffrey play with such speed, intensity and coordination, it's incredible.

Diarmuid Connolly is a joy to watch and I'd like to mention Ciaran Kilkenny, who kicked four awesome points and is really taking his game up a notch.

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