Galway hurlers come in for criticism
A leading Galway hurling official has lashed out at the performances of Anthony Cunningham's men in 2013 and says they fell well short of expectation.
The hurling committee secretary in Galway, Pat Kearney, said their senior championship performances this year were "bad." Kearney also took a swipe at the "technical and scheduling issues" which are being offered as excuses for the Tribesmen not succeeding and said the GAA had gone "overboard with this stuff."
Kearney, in his address to the annual convention, doesn't mince his words when discussing the performances in 2013 of a side which had drawn the All-Ireland final the previous year.
"The expectation of success in 2013, was just that. As the year progressed, we saw an inconsistent series of displays in the Allianz League, ending in a comprehensive defeat in the semi-final against Kilkenny.
"Our championship performances against Laois, Dublin and Clare were, to put it simply, bad, and I am not going to continue further commentating on technical and scheduling issues as to why we can't succeed as I consider as an organisation at club/county level, have gone overboard with this 'stuff' – to put it in layman's terms," said Kearney.
He said he hopes Galway can bounce back in 2014 and promised that all teams would be adequately resourced and backed to meet the challenges.