Sunday 22 July 2018

'Was there any allowance made for a draw?' - Galway manager Micheal Donoghue hits out at hurling schedule

8 July 2018; Galway manager Micheál Donoghue prior to the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final Replay match between Kilkenny and Galway at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
8 July 2018; Galway manager Micheál Donoghue prior to the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final Replay match between Kilkenny and Galway at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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MICHEÁL DONOGHUE has questioned the GAA’s hurling schedule after his Galway charges retained their Leinster SHC crown with a superb seven-point replay win over Kilkenny in Thurles,

 Whereas Galway have three weeks to prepare for an All-Ireland semi-final, the Cats are facing a third huge test on consecutive weekends – a quarter-final date with Limerick. 

"It is hard for any team to come out three weeks in a row," said Donoghue, clearly happy to avoid that route.

"You’d think when the fixtures were made, was there any allowance made for a draw?" he added.

"Even with the weather we’ve had, putting the match on at three o’clock ... what was wrong with putting it on at five o’clock with the players’ welfare in mind?"

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