Galway forward Davy Glennon sat down to speak to us and reflect on the team’s National Hurling League win last month and look ahead to the challenge of trying to clinch a first All Ireland for the county since 1988.
It was a seriously impressive win for Galway in the league final over All Ireland champions Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds which made most people sit up and take notice. The Tribesmen dismantled the favourites all over the pitch that day from numbers one to fifteen, having come in to the showdown somewhat under the radar. They missed out on promotion to Division 1A for next season as a result of a loss to Wexford in 1B but since then gathered the momentum to win every game, including defeats of Waterford, Limerick and Tipp.
Speaking of the NHL victory and the importance of bouncing back from the disappointment of losing to Davy Fitz’ charges, Glennon said:
“Winning the league was a great lift, starting the year off on the right foot. It’s April so it’s early on in the year. There’s a long summer to go, hopefully we can make it a long summer and make it successful. Hopefully come September we’ll be there.
“The Wexford loss was tough but we obviously had to regroup as a panel. Our goal was our next game which was Laois and then we had Kerry and we had to drive on from there and pick up as many wins as possible and we did. It was a roll and it kept rolling and obviously we came out on top, we had a great win.”
The Mullagh clubman expresses the appreciation the squad have for Micheál Donoghue getting the best out of them and how important a factor the support from around the county is to them.
“Winning does create a great morale around. The more you win, the more confidence you get. Clubs around Galway are really getting behind us and hopefully for the coming year everyone will come out and get behind us and drive it on.”
Of his own position in the team which hasn’t always been in the first 15 in recent times, Glennon remains coy when asked if he is becoming frustrated. He puts the team before himself. He accepts that it is only natural for it to be tough to be consistently picked in a top team.
“Look, if you’re coming in and just coming back from an injury there’s obviously only 15 players can go out on to a field but the remainder of the players there who aren’t on the starting 15 who are pushing them on, that’s what makes a good team. The more competitive it is, the more competition you have for a place in the team, that’s what makes you a better player.”
The maroons take on Dublin on 28th May in their Leinster championship opener and the nippy and versatile Glennon is taking nothing for granted ahead of the clash, insisting Micheál Donoghue and his charges are looking no further than that date. When asked if the Tribesmen are eyeing up a Leinster crown already to go with their league title, he emphatically responds:
“Absolutely not. It’s one game at a time. Dublin have club players back from Cuala who’ll be a massive addition when they were missing in the league. They’re going to bring great confidence to Dublin. They’re going to be full of confidence coming into the championship for them and it’s going to be a great game. It’s all up for grabs on that date.”
The age old question of whether Galway can live up to the hype surrounding them will be asked from here all the way to September should the men from the west make it that far in the championship. The team is certainly being talked up since their dominant displays in the latter stages of the league, especially in the final. Having been the only team to give the Premier a stern test in last year’s championship, could 2017 be Galway’s year for Liam?
“I think we can, yeah.
“Look, it’s only April, you don’t win any All Ireland in April. It’s All-Ireland final day that you want to be there and you want to be winning. We can only take what comes. Winning does bring a good morale and we’ve got off to a good start, hopefully the summer can be long.”
Davy Glennon was speaking to Pundit Arena at #SportsMind2017.
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