What they said about Galway
Before the Leinster SHC semi-final against Dublin, three legendary figures in Galway hurling spoke to the Irish Independent with forthright views on the current hurling set-up.
The Tribesmen appeared to answer their critics in the qualifiers, but Sunday's surrender against Waterford has seen the questions brought up by Conor Hayes, Brendan Lynskey and Noel Lane (below) resurface.
(Manager in 2005 All-Ireland final):
"In Galway, the individual is lauded ahead of the team. That individualism is in them. When the pressure comes on, they'll revert to type and cover their a***s. People will be down my throat now when they read this. I don't care, let them talk away.
"I've seen it at close quarters and that breaks out in them."
(Selector with Ger Loughnane):
"Why are we afraid to put up our hand to catch the ball?
"What is wrong with these guys? God Almighty, fine, you might get a few broken nails or broken fingers. We got them and played on with them.
"I cry with vexation at what's happening in Galway hurling.
"Our players are a little bit on the shy side. Afraid to put up their hands or a little bit cowardly."
(Manager in 2001 All-Ireland final):
"I think we're on very thin ice here. There's an awful lot of doubt in the county. The current team are at a crossroads. You'd have to question if they have that savage will to win. Galway have had so much success at minor, U-21 and club level, the public are kind of wondering 'What the hell is going on?'"