Sunday 18 February 2018

Gleeson's award down to opinion not conspiracy

Austin Gleeson. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Austin Gleeson. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Austin Gleeson's selection as Hurler of the Year didn't go down well in Tipperary, which is understandable since All-Ireland winners always think that they should top award lists too.

Several former Tipperary players vented their disappointment immediately after Gleeson's success was announced. Darragh Egan went so far as to hint at a conspiracy against Tipp's top two contenders, Seamus Callanan and Pádraic Maher.

"In our location here and our rivalry with other counties, I can't see where we're going to get a lot of votes from. I can't see too many of the lads (from Kilkenny, Galway, Cork, Offaly, Clare) voting for Tipp lads, especially if Tipp have beaten them in the championship," said Egan.

Strange that. Kilkenny beat most rivals several times over many years, yet won lots of Hurler of the Year awards so why should Tipperary be any different? Could the explanation for the selection of Gleeson (left) be down to something as simple as a majority of his peers believing he deserved the honour? That makes more sense than the 'nobody loves us' claims from Tipperary.

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