Three of the four All-Ireland finalists have now been decided. The Mayo For Sam campaign has not yet ended for 2016 and Tipperary could hold their heads very high despite defeat. Like every other Monday it is time to look at the fallout from the GAA weekend.
It is rare that the losers of the semi-final receive more credit then the winners, but that was very much the case yesterday in Croke Park. Despite losing, Tipp were clapped off the pitch like winners. They had the better of proceedings for large parts of the game but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. It is the end to the story of the 2016 summer. Tipp may be out of the championship, but they should be very proud of their efforts.
Mayo were not impressive yesterday and really stumbled over the line to a win over Mayo. Whatever about the manner of their victory, Mayo are still in an All-Ireland final and are a potential 70 minutes away from lifting Sam Maguire. Their manager Stephen Rochford has done a good job so far. He was in a very difficult position when appointed. He took over from a management team that was ousted by players and has put Mayo in a position they failed to get to last season.
The Black Card
More bad press arrived for the black card after Robbie Kiely’s dismissal. By the letter of the law, it was a black card so criticising the referee is not fair. If the rule is there, Kiely had to go but the punishment is becoming too sufficient. There is no way that type of tackle should see a player leave the field. The black card needs to be reassessed and maybe it is time for the sin bin.
Antrim Under 21 Hurlers
Another hammering occurred for Antrim in the All-Ireland under-21 semi-final. 5-25 to 1-8 was the final score in Thurles on Saturday. The gap is widening by the second and Antrim are getting less and less competitive with every year at all levels.
The RTÉ commentator received nothing but negative press during his commentary of yesterday’s game between Mayo and Tipperary. Twitter was littered with comments, all negative even from some intercounty players.
The fact that Tommy Carr is making money off commentary gives me some hope of one day bring an astronaut
— Jack McCaffrey (@jackmcc93) August 21, 2016