Series not over by a long shot, insists Glynn

DON’T tell Leighton Glynn that the international rules don’t matter. So proud is the Wicklow man of his involvement that missing out on the first test in Limerick last Saturday wasn’t even considered.

Even though Rathnew had a Leinster football championship outing the following day and Glenealy a provincial hurling tie on Monday, Glynn was always going to make himself available.

So it was, that the Garden County dynamo found himself playing three games in under 48 hours and while the first two ended in defeat to Australia and Skryne respectively, an injury time goal earned Glenealy victory over Carlow outfit St Mullins in the Leinster SHC.

He was betraying no sign of tiredness last night though; more an anxiety to make up for the disappointment of the Gaelic Grounds.

One of the stars of the successful tour of Australia in 2008, Glynn relishes the opportunity to test himself against professional sportsmen but more than that, is proud of the fact that he has been chosen to represent the country.

Wild horses wouldn’t have stopped him playing last weekend and although he emptied himself over the Bank Holiday weekend, he’ll be taking part in all the training sessions to be present and correct at Croke Park tomorrow.

“(We have) one session tomorrow” he explained last night. “We only did a session this morning and it was very light but I wanted to take part.

“The (game) Saturday night, I know people are saying it wasn’t that physical but there is a lot of running involved. Especially in the position I play. I’m up and down the wing.

“I didn’t think about the next two games but fortunately, I played all of the football and all of the hurling. I got through it.”

Such is his love of the hybrid concept and the opportunity it gives him to don the national colours, that he has taken much of the criticism following the 47-40 defeat to heart.

It wasn’t the fact that Australia won that prompted that criticism, rather than the fact that the Irish team was set up to defend in numbers and avoid physical contact. That was interpreted in some quarters as a lack of passion but Glynn is having none of that.

“I think I read or someone could have told me that it’s an embarrassment. There’s no way it’s an embarrassment, them lads that are playing for their country this year. They’re great footballers and we’ve given a tremendous amount of work over the last six, seven weeks and on Saturday we’re going to do our living best for our country. Anyone who puts on the jersey, anyone that’s in that training camp in Carton House really wants to play for Ireland.

“We have massive players on our team (like) Graham Canty, sitting there, winning an All-Ireland as captain. We know we didn’t perform and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves about that.

“There was a great crowd down in Limerick. We just needed to give them something to shout and we didn’t. Well we did, with five minutes to go which wasn’t good enough but we’ve talked about it today and tried to put it behind us and are focusing on trying to get things right from the start on Saturday evening.”

He reckons now that there was too much emphasis in the build-up on avoiding the tackle. Getting caught up in the rules of international rules made them forget about the advantages of their own code and led to them slowing the game down.

“There’s not really a whole lot in it, two scores. We’ll be a point off them if we score two points, two overs as you say for international rules. We only created one goal chance in Limerick and if we can create two or three goal chances we can win this series.

“We’re probably in a better position than Australia. We didn’t play well and people are probably not expecting us to play well on Saturday night but we’ll have a lot left in the tank and if we can create a few goal chances, play a good bit of Gaelic football, we can win the series.”

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