Wednesday 26 September 2018

John Mullane: Galway can win back-to-back All-Irelands - but I have one worry about their title defence

12 May 2018; Galway full-back Daithí Burke in action against Conor Mahon of Offaly during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship First Round match between Offaly and Galway at Bord na Mona O'Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
12 May 2018; Galway full-back Daithí Burke in action against Conor Mahon of Offaly during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship First Round match between Offaly and Galway at Bord na Mona O'Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Sam Roberts

John Mullane believes Galway can win back-to-back All-Ireland hurling championships, provided they avoid injuries to key players.

Speaking on this week's episode of The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Mullane said injuries to either Daithi Burke or Gearoid McInerney would cause the defending champions 'serious' problems, which could derail their All-Ireland bid.

Galway opened their championship campaign by putting five goals past Offaly in a comprehensive win at O'Connor Park on Saturday in the first Leinster round robin fixture.

Former Waterford hurler Mullane was not impressed by the All-Ireland champions in the tie, but said Galway will improve as the championship goes on, and can retain their title if they avoid injuries to their top defenders.

"For large parts I thought they were really rusty," he said.

"I think they needed a game under their belt. But they have the firepower up front.

"The only worry I do have for Galway going on in this championship, if they pick up an injury to either Daithi Burke or Gearoid McInerney, they could run into serious problems."

"A bit like Kilkenny I think they're going to grow in this championship, One more win will effectively put them in the last six, and i think they can plan their campaign then for the month of July.

"They have the firepower there again to push on and do back-to-back All-Irelands."

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