A sideline cut at the GAA weekend.
On Saturday evening, Jack Grealish scored a point for Galway in their comfortable win over Laois in the Leinster hurling championship that put them within one win of a place in the Leinster hurling final.
Over in Birmingham that same day, a different Jack Grealish was in action for Warwickshire as they went down to Armagh in their Nickey Rackard Cup clash. He hit 2-4 but couldn’t prevent his side’s defeat while on Sunday, yet another Jack Grealish, once of the Republic of Ireland underage set-up, scored for Man City in their 2-2 draw with West Ham. The latter Jack Grealish has strong GAA links and last year joined a campaign to helped save the Pairc na hEireann pitch in Birmingham.
Another routine day out for Dublin against Meath in Croke Park yesterday and the numbers from @GAA_stats show just how one-sided the rivalry has become. Dublin have now won eight on the spin against the Royals but previously they had only managed to ever win four in a row without some sort of Meath revenge.
Conor Nash was in action in Hawthorn’s 23 point defeat to Richmond where he had 19 disposals but despite his efforts the Hawks now sit 13th in the ladder, eight points off the top eight sides who enter the finals at the end of the regular season.
Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor were both in action for Geelong against St Kilda but they couldn’t stop them losing by ten points and they now sit in seventh. Kilkenny native and former minor hurling All-Ireland winner Darragh Joyce didn’t feature for the Saints in that game.
Dublin’s James Madden didn’t play for the Brisbane Lions but they sit second in the table, four points off leaders Melbourne.
The Irish in the AFL: Darragh Joyce (St Kilda), Zach Tuohy, Mark O’Connor (both Geelong), Conor Nash, Fionn O’Hara (both Hawthorn), Cian McBride (Essendon), Colin O’Riordan, Barry O’Connor (both Sydney Swans), Callum Brown (GWS Giants), James Madden, Deividas Uosis (both Brisbane Lions).
Another weekend bursting with GAA action with hurling taking centre stage starting with tonight’s novel Leinster MHC final pairing that sees Laois take on Offaly.
This weekend will also see the final qualifying place in Munster decided. Clare and Limerick are already in the final but Waterford, Cork and even winless Tipperary can all still progress to the All-Ireland stages. There’s also action from Leinster as Galway face Dublin as well as the U20 All-Ireland final between Limerick and Kilkenny.
Leinster MHC final: Laois v Offaly, O’Moore Park, 7.30 TG4
Leinster MFC final: Kildare v Dublin, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 7.30 TG4
Leinster SHC: Galway v Dublin, Pearse Stadium, 6.0 Sky Sports Arena
Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, 4.0 RTE2
Tipperary v Cork, FBD Semple Stadium, 4.0 RTE2
All-Ireland U20HC final: Kilkenny v Limerick, FBD Semple Stadium, 1.30 - TG4
22-505 - The number of goals and points Cork’s Patrick Horgan has scored in the championship to become the competition’s all-time top scorer. Former Galway star Joe Canning (previously held the record with 27-487 (568) and he himself had surpassed Henry Shefflin's tally of 27-484 (565 points) in 2021.
The Glen Rovers man was already became the hurling championship's leading point scorer from play last year while in 2017, he overtook Christy Ring as Cork's record scorer in championship.
“There’s a narrative there at the moment that Gearóid is playing on the edge or doing x, y, or z, and it’s feeding into people’s decision-making. It needs to stop, because it’s going to have a big impact and it’s just disappointing, really disappointing, to see a player do that.” - John Keily on the incident that saw Gearoid Hegarty sent off in their draw with Clare.
"I hope it takes off like a meteorite” - GAA president Larry McCarthy on what he wants for the Tailteann Cup.