Saturday 16 December 2017

Tribesmen critique hot off the press

"A meek effort. Mouse-like. Devoid of heart, ideas, courage. Management too slow in making changes. Could be years before confidence is restored in Galway hurling.

"While the management and players may feel slighted by the ire directed at them -- they may even feel that it's unwarranted, given the sacrifices they believe they make -- it is nothing more than they deserve.

"If they cannot accept and understand it, then that arrogance -- which is totally unfounded without an All-Ireland senior medal in their back pocket -- will ultimately define this current crop of players."

Strong words, which the Galway players will have read yesterday.

Of course, manager John McIntyre will have seen them much earlier as they are from this week's 'Connacht Tribune' where he is Sports Editor.

He would have prepared Stephen Glennon's match report for publication, hardly the most pleasant of tasks since it included criticisms of himself.

As for Mr Glennon, do enjoy covering junior 'B' games from now on!

Carroll honours late dad ahead of big day

Brian Carroll has a big day tomorrow when Offaly hurlers take on Cork.

But first he has a very personal engagement this evening to honour his father, Pat, who died at the age of 30 in 1986. The Pat Carroll Memorial Library will be officially opened in Coolderry NS at 7.30.

A plaque will be unveiled by Pat's mother, Angie, after which Brian will launch a specially produced book which honours the great Offaly hurler and provides what is essentially a club history, compiled by Offaly County Board chairman and Coolderry man, Pat Teehan.

Brian, who was only two when his famous father died, pens a lovely tribute, recalling how he grew up watching videos of Offaly's first All-Ireland win in 1981.

"For me, the team of the 80s were my real heroes. Those men had no egos and knew the importance of the team ethos," he writes.

Evergreen Brennan an example to managers

Derry manager John Brennan (69) isn't just a great example of positive ageing but could teach his younger managerial colleagues something about relaxing since many of them look so oppressed on match-days.

During last Sunday's parade in Clones he wandered along the side-line, shaking hands with the opposition (Paddy O'Rourke) and every 'maor' in sight.

He tapped his heels in time to the music and climbed onto the railings behind the dugout to greet his son-in-law and kiss one of his three grand-children.

Come game-time, it was all business and there was one amusing incident where he had an argument with his stop-watch, which was eventually flung to the ground.

But, by day's end, Derry were back in their first Ulster final since 2000, and Brennan stood up in the deserted stand, grinning beatifically down on the victory setting with cute grand-daughter in his arms.

A nice end to a good day.

Irish Independent

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