Clare midfielder Colm Galvin has hit back at Ger Loughnane’s recent criticism of the Banner hurlers. Loughnane stated that Clare’s 2013 All-Ireland was “the greatest fluke of all time” but Galvin doesn’t agree.
With Clare back in a first Munster final in nine years, you’d expect the mood to be more positive. However, the Banner are entering this final in a rather strange mood.
While Cork have been extremely impressive in their two wins, Clare didn’t perform quite as well. A struggle against Limerick has caused some doubts.
The Clonlara club hurler has, however, rubbished any claims of a fluke 2013 All-Ireland triumph when speaking to John Fogarty of the Irish Examiner.
“We’ve done nothing yet to say that we’ll beat Cork. It’ll be on the day that we’ll have to prove ourselves once more and that 2013 wasn’t a fluke because we’ve heard that from a lot of critics. It wasn’t really a fluke, it was the way we were playing. It was the momentum we had behind us that year, which was a help, and now Cork have that momentum behind them, so it will be very hard to stop them.
“We don’t listen to them. You are always going to get that no matter what team you are. You can let it affect you or let it drive you on and that’s what we’ve done; it doesn’t affect us. We go off and do our own business, we train very hard, and there is good morale among the group.”
A Fitzgibbon Cup winner with Mary I the past two years, Galvin feels the drop in results is due to a number of other factors.
Rather than the idea that their All-Ireland was a fluke, Galvin feels the lack of success is due to a dip in effort. As well as this, he feels other sides figured out their system.
“We are not stupid. We go back and we look and every team now has a GPS system and you are looking at the intensity and the distances.
“Maybe people copped onto our style of play when we were playing with a sweeper and stuff, and maybe that just didn’t work for us when teams copped onto it.”
Galvin has more often than not delivered when Clare needed him most. Blessed with natural speed, he may be the perfect player to foil Cork’s youth and pace.
Clare take on Cork this Sunday in the Munster final, when the Banner will be chasing a first Munster title in 19 years. The game in Thurles is expected to be a sell-out.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena