For a work in progress, the hurlers of Cork will gladly accept the destiny that awaits them this Sunday. A first All-Ireland semi-final in three years. A litmus test against Kilkenny, who won’t be so obliging as their most recent opponents, but beatable arch-rivals all the same.
After Galway lost to Waterford in Thurles on Saturday week last, Joe Canning met his father, Seán, and told him he had hurled his last for the county. He then informed his team-mates in the dressing room and a disappointing day that brought the end of Galway’s championship was compounded by the end of the career of their greatest player.
When Waterford reached the All-Ireland final in 2017 it sparked something miserable. Instead of heralding a new beginning, it only saw them return to their all too familiar place back in the pack. From that All-Ireland semi-final win in ‘17, they wouldn’t win in championship again until last winter.
Once more unto the breach for Mayo. Championship final day in the Nicky Rackard Cup and Keith Higgins will suit up once more in Croke Park but this time as a hurler rather than a footballer.
Tonight in Thurles, with the safety net removed, the hurling diehards of Dublin hope while the people of Cork expect. But even if Kieran Kingston’s Rebels are 1/4 favourites, there is pressure on Mattie Kenny’s underdogs too.
In his autobiography Standing My Ground former Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Brendan Cummins recalled Liam Sheedy’s words when the team regrouped in their Nowlan Park dressing-room at half-time in a routine league match.
KILKENNY and Wexford minor hurlers served up a thrilling Leinster final at Netwatch Cullen Park, with the Cats just hanging on for a two-point win to retain their title and record their 59th provincial victory in the grade.
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