Richie Power has gone to battle with Galway on many occasions in both the Leinster and All-Ireland championships and the former Kilkenny hurler spoke to the Independent about their credentials to win this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary.
Galway have been the most impressive team in Ireland so far this year. But the past has questioned their ability to cope with expectations. Power has been the beneficiary of this as Kilkenny beat Galway in All-Ireland finals in 2012 and 2015;
“They had our heads under the water, but they let us get back up for air.”
Galway failed to put Kilkenny away having led at half-time in both of those All-Ireland finals. Their inability to put teams away is a trait that has been synonymous with the Tribesmen. Many feel that 2017 is different and Galway will lift Liam McCarthy for the first time since 1988.
Power believes that Galway have plenty left in the tank ahead of Sunday’s game. They have put some impressive scoring tallies together so far, but this side are not in top gear as of yet;
“Galway have been in third gear so far. Now they definitely have a fourth and fifth gear. And maybe they have found that ruthless streak this year. I think they’ll get themselves in the position to win this game. From there it’ll just be a question as to whether they can see it out”.
So the Kilkenny stalwart is remaining unconvinced by Galway until they prove their doubters wrong. His experience of playing against them in big names adds great weight to his views.
Galway have failed to deal with expectation so often in the past and Sunday presents an opportunity to change the narrative surrounding Galway hurling.