It will be no consolation to Tipperary fans, but today’s instalment between themselves and Galway was yet another epic endorsement for the game of hurling.
The physicality may have overshadowed the skill at times, but the battle that both teams produced showed why Irish people believe that hurling is the greatest game in the world.
This was the third year in a row that the two sides played out the game of the season. On all three occasions, one single point separated the sides.
A late winner was the order of the day in all three games. Yet again it went down to the wire, and while Tipp will be disappointed to have lost, they should be proud of their efforts and contribution to a classic.
It came down to the final seconds, but just as it looked like fans would be treated to another game between the pair, up stepped Joe Canning to deny fans a replay but, more importantly, secure Galway’s passage into the All-Ireland final.
Once again, Tipperary and Galway served up a classic. Now, with Waterford and Cork ready to do battle in the second semi-final, the excitement surrounding the hurling season is hitting fever pitch.
Galway, without an All-Ireland title in nearly three decades, will be favourites to re-gain the MacCarthy Cup but will need another epic performance to create history.
The only negative – barring any draws, there are only two games left in the 2017 All-Ireland SHC. However, before we look ahead, we should sit back and dwell in the brilliance of today’s clash of two of the sport’s giants.
Here is what hurling fans had to say about the game;
— Tribesmen GAA (@TribesmenGAA) August 6, 2017
— Peter O'Connell (@Westclarepage) August 6, 2017
Hurling > anything else…
— Paudie O Brien (@Paudie09) August 6, 2017
— Brendan Cummins (@BrenCummins1) August 6, 2017
— Cóilín Duffy (@coilinduffy) August 6, 2017
Wow. I’d say even Neymar wud b lukn 4 more money if he was involved in that epic. Unrale match. Congrats Gallimh. Tipp went out fightn #GAA
— Paul Collins (@paulcollinstipp) August 6, 2017
Ah lads. Can these two just play every year? Epic. Joe!!
— Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) August 6, 2017
This is hurling country
— Ken McGrath (@kenmcgrath78) August 6, 2017
We now look forward to the second semi-final between Cork and Waterford. If we get half the drama next Sunday, we are set for another memorable championship match in Croke Park.