This week, and every week, we take a look back on the Top 5 Hurling Moments of the Week and with the commencement of the NHL we had no shortage of brilliant moments. Here’s the run down:
5. Cannings Cuts:
Galway ran out comfortable winners against Dublin this weekend even without their Portumna contingent. The Portumna lads are resting up following a massive result against Na Piarsaigh in the Club Semi Finals. The highlight of that match was Joe Canning’s delightful sideline cut 40 minutes in. A skill that is so often overlooked as a scoring option due to the difficulty involved. Canning has somewhat trademarked the skill and displayed it again on the big stage.
4. Snowed in:
The Fitzgibbon Cup games came thick and fast midweek and it coincided with the cold snap. DCU and UCD were caught particularly cold on the wednesday with the arrival of a snow storm during their match. It displays once again the need for a clearly defined winter break, from December through February, for the benefit of the sport. Such a break would force county boards to get all fixtures played out through the season on time and on schedule, something the GAA unfortunately seem incapable of doing at present.
3. Galway make their point:
With the NHL starting up this weekend there were no shortage of talking points during the first round of games. Galways expert point taking was a highlight and with a score of 28 points (22 from play) it appears Anthony Cunningham has the Tribesmen on course for a big season in 2014. Niall Healy, Jonathan Glynn and Cathal Mannion were particularly impressive in a game which saw all their starting forwards put their names the scoreboard. Impressive stuff.
2. Laois making waves:
The surprise result of the round. A great first half performance for Cheddars men stood them in great stead for the eventual late surge from Offaly. Too little too late for the Faithful who have some soul searching to do. No doubt they would have liked to throw Ger Loughnanes controversial comments right back at him but for them they’ll have to wait another while to do that. For Laois, this is a massive result. Calls for a Laois man to take the helm have long been called for and the arrival of Cheddar Plunkett appears to have vindicated these calls. Another force in Leinster, a great sight. They surely have Munsters championship in sights for excitement levels this year.
1. Davy’s men back with a bang:
Clare and Kilkenny played out the tie of the round on Sunday in what could prove to be an enduring rivalry over the coming years. Davy Fitz had his men mentally and physically ready for a war and they came out on top with a particularly impressive display. The display of this weeks matches came from Colin Ryan, who finished with a personal tally of 1-9. He also managed a penalty save from Shefflin in the second half. The Cats were by no means below par and their own performance will not have disappointed Brian Cody, with early season rustiness the likely reason for some missed opportunities. More of the same come the summer please.
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