It was another poor weekend of hurling. Galway and Clare did play out a somewhat tense affair, but it was only good in comparison to the rest of the last two championships, it was a poor game in general. We still want to note some of the good performers, so here are the Top 5.
- Adrian Tuohy – Galway
He was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up but Tuohy took the championship hurling like a duck to water. He really looked at home in the Galway side and performed very well. He made significant contributions to both defence and attack and fully justified his inclusion in the team.
- Jamie Barron – Waterford
A Man of the Match nomination was long in the waiting for the Waterford midfielder. It was recognition for the type of performances that he has putting in non-stop for the last two seasons. Barron has been outstanding for the Deise and was again yesterday. His link play and use of the ball is top class and he helped himself to two points yesterday.
- Kevin Moran – Waterford
Moran led the Deise team by example yesterday. He was definitely one of the few composed figures in the side and he showed great calmness and leadership. While a lot of the Waterford players were guilty of erratic shooting and poor use of the ball, it was Moran who settled the ship and he played a real captain’s role.
- Joe Canning – Galway
When Joe Canning is on song, people are usually talking about his classy scores and terrorising of defences, but yesterday was the opposite. Canning only got one score from play, but it was the rest of his game that stood out. His leadership around the middle as well as his general use of the ball was first class.
- David Burke – Galway
The stand out player on the pitch in Thurles yesterday afternoon was Galway midfielder, David Burke. Colm Galvin may have hit 0-5 from play in an attacking sense, but in the middle third there was only one man. Burke was everywhere and he showed a maturity that had not been seen before. He was excellent and Galway need him to continue this against Tipperary.