Thursday 22 February 2018

Banner star Colm Galvin rubbishes Ger Loughnane's ‘fluke’ jibe

Colm Galvin doesn't agree with Ger Loughnane's opinion on their 2013 triumph
Colm Galvin doesn't agree with Ger Loughnane's opinion on their 2013 triumph

Jackie Cahill

Clare star Colm Galvin has taken issue with former manager Ger Loughnane’s claim that the Banner County’s 2013 All-Ireland senior hurling success was “the greatest fluke of all time”.

Loughnane made his comments in the wake of last month’s Munster semi-final victory over Limerick and while Galvin admits that Loughnane is not the only pundit or observer to put forward that view, he doesn’t agree with it.

With traditional heavyweights Kilkenny and Tipperary suffering early championship exits, Clare took their chance and stormed to September glory through the back door.

Galvin said: “Not just Ger – so many people have said it over the years that maybe it was a fluke and it wasn’t what it was. I don’t think it was.

“It was a great year for us individually and as a team. Davy [Fitzgerald] did a great job with us and people are going to talk about you anyway so there’s nothing you can do about that.

“They’re going to have their own opinion at the end of the day and it’s up to us to prove them wrong in a Munster final, show we’re worth our place in a Munster final, and hopefully be good enough to win it.”

Clare are chasing a first senior provincial title since 1998 when they lock horns with Cork in Thurles on Sunday.

And 24-year-old Galvin admits that it “irks” the current group that they haven’t yet conquered Munster.

He said: “It’s the one medal we really don’t have and it really irks me that we don’t have it.

“It’s one of those medals that every player who goes out there wants.

“Looking back on 1995 and 1997, and the teams they had, you’d be looking to try and emulate that.”

A bullish Galvin insists Clare have had their fill of the back door – and want to return to Croke Park for the first time since 2013 by going the direct route.

The Clonlara dynamo said: “We’re not going in to make up the numbers.

“We’ll make it perfectly clear that we’re going in to win and hopefully the work we’ve done will give us a chance of winning. We’ll be treating this as do or die.

“We like to put pressure on ourselves because it makes us bring the best out of each other.

“We’re looking forward to it as a group and it seems to be a very happy camp.”

Galvin is also confident that the presence of former Cork goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack in the Clare camp can help counteract Anthony Nash’s pinpoint puck-outs.

He said: “We’ll be hoping to use his knowledge in terms of what way Nash will set up and try and stop him being so effective in the game.

“We’ll be trying to curb Nash’s puck-outs; they seem to be a big basis of their game.”

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