Joe Canning lead by example as he shot 1-8 to send Galway through to the All-Ireland semi-final after defeating Clare today but his post-match interview was arguably more impressive than his on-field exploits.
After inspiring Galway to get the better of Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare side, Canning wished his opposing manager the very best with his recovery from a health scare.
Remarkably, Fitzgerald made it to the sideline in Thurles today after suffering a health scare in relation to his heart during the week, which saw him spend a period of time in hospital in Dublin.
Canning, who played under Fitzgerald during his days as an LIT student, paid a touching tribute to the Clare bainisteoir and wished him well in his recovery.
The Portumna All-star went on to emphasise that hurling is only a hobby at the end of the day and that ”our health is our wealth”
”What was said about us, I suppose, in the last couple of weeks, we had to answer that, but there’s more important things in life than sport. We’re amateur players at the end of the day and our health is our wealth, so it was great to see Davy on the line again today and that’s what it’s all about. ”
”We only play this game for a hobby at the end of the day, that’s all it is. I went through it myself with my mother last year and my dad at the moment, so as long as people are healthy on the sideline. It’s great to see Davy and we wish him the best in his recovery as well. ”
“There are more important things in life than sport” – Joe Canninghttps://t.co/mmTFkdo0gt
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) July 24, 2016
His interview, which can be seen above puts perspective on the hurling action today. A touch of class from Canning. Well played.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena