Thursday 8 December 2016

Galway fans left wondering where Fenway fire was against Kilkenny

Published 30/11/2015 | 02:30

'The brawl, which looked contrived to create a stir about a meaningless exhibition, certainly made things more exciting'
'The brawl, which looked contrived to create a stir about a meaningless exhibition, certainly made things more exciting'

Watching the scenes in Boston last weekend, I couldn't help but wonder what would have happened if the same events had occurred at home.

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The brawl, which looked contrived to create a stir about a meaningless exhibition, certainly made things more exciting, as players seemed to disregard the rules in favour of entertainment.

It's our job to highlight indiscipline to bring some form of justice, and numerous red cards and possible suspensions would have left players and county boards in a nervous sweat.

You can't have lads wading in with headbutts and diving on top of each other and it's lucky it didn't get out of hand. They had poetic license abroad because if you did that at home, there's no way you could get away with it.

I'm sure many Galway people were wondering why they didn't show a bit of fire like that against Kilkenny in the second half if the All-Ireland final.

As regards the actual hurling, I can't see 11-a-side being the future of the game here, but as a PR exercise it certainly achieved its purpose.

Galway have put pressure on themselves next year but they won't get it as handy as they did in Boston.

The players made a statement of intent by getting rid of Anthony Cunningham, leaving a lot of people very hurt in Galway, and now they must get back at it and drive on in 2016.

Today is the deadline for the manager's nominations and I'm sure the likes of Michéal Donoghue and Mattie Kenny have assembled their backroom teams.

Picking a manager is a long process but there won't be that many contenders and Galway should know Cunningham's successor this side of Christmas.

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