As expected injury has ruled former hurler of the year Joe Canning out of Galway’s do-or-die NHL clash with Tipperary tomorrow as Shane O’Neill places his faith in 14 of the starters that claimed victory over Cork last time out.
When I was walking out of Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening, I noticed some action on the 4G pitch. I knew it couldn’t be some club training so soon after the match so I went over to investigate; it was 13 Tipperary substitutes going hard at it.
This was a canter for Galway as Shane O’Neill picked up a convincing victory in his first National League game as manager, although playing against Westmeath’s 14 men for all of the second half softened his side’s route to victory at Pearse Stadium.
Everyone wants to know at what stage of the All-Ireland series Joe Canning will make his return — but has anyone stopped to consider the growing possibility that Galway might not see beyond Leinster, putting paid to any late-summer running of The Joe Show?
Anthony Daly I was below in Cork the day that Galway played Carlow two weeks ago. It never even entered my head to check the result because I thought it was a foregone conclusion. Yet when I heard Carlow were just three points behind with eight minutes remaining, I honestly wasn’t that surprised.