David Collins wasn’t surprised by Jonathan Glynn’s frank remarks in the aftermath of Galway’s sensational quarter-final win over Cork.
Half-forward Glynn, when quizzed on Galway’s scoring dependence on Joe Canning directly after that victory, offered RTÉ’s Joanne Cantwell a gloriously off-the-cuff response.
“It’s fucking bullshit, as you can see yourself,” spouted the 22-year-old before apologising for the expletives.
Glynn, maintains Collins, wore his heart on his sleeve when rubbishing suggestions of a one-man attack, just as the Galway hurlers did that afternoon in Thurles. And just as they have done all summer.
“A lot of guys are trained in media and lot of guys are well able to say what they need to say. But asking a guy a question like that, coming straight off a match, after winning by 13 points, a man of the match performance, what answer do we really expect from Johnny Glynn?” reasoned the Galway captain.
“Johnny’s honest. You get what you see and that’s what you want in a young fella.”
The interview, taking place as it did within minutes of the final whistle at Thurles, had achieved viral status by the time the Galway bus pulled out from underneath the Kinane Stand.
“I think he got plenty of abuse in the dressing-room after the match, not to mind on the bus. It was all over the place within a couple of minutes.
“His goal typified our attitude — it was a case of go down and take it to Cork and put it up to them. That’s where we wanted to go and that’s what we did.”
Collins, who didn’t start the All-Ireland quarter-final owing to a hamstring injury, could hardly believe his eyes as Glynn sauntered past four red shirts and threw the ball over the head of centre-back Mark Ellis to find the net 49 seconds in.
“I was looking at it kind of going ‘this is not happening’. I was around when Kevin Broderick was finishing up, and straight away I turned to one of the boys and said ‘that was a serious Kevin Broderick incident’.
“How he got away with it, how he didn’t get milled going through, is another thing.
“Obviously I’ve trained with Johnny — and taking Johnny Glynn down is like taking a crane down. You’d want to be taking him from the ankles down to get rid of that fella.”
Now in his 12th season operating in the maroon and white, Collins reckons Galway’s aggressive approach has been central in their return to August fare.
“The aggressive approach is more so set at training because when you look at our training panel that is there, the 30 guys that are there, it’s so hard.
“I’m coming back from injury to get back on that team, that’s where it’s stemming from. Lads are bringing that intensity to training all the time. Cunningham is picking the team on training form.
“Look at (Conor) Whelan coming in on training form, scored 1-2 against Cork, so that’s what it’s going to take. The aggression levels from Galway this year have been fantastic.
“When you’re in an All-Ireland final, as we were in 2012, lads think you’re going to be here every year.
“When I look back to 2005, we thought we would be in All-Ireland finals year on, year on. It just didn’t happen.
“I have seen a lot of managers come and go. We all use the excuse that it is the manager’s fault in Galway but how is it the manager’s fault if we go through manager after manager?
“Your attitude has to be right, the hunger and the desire has to be there, and the intensity you bring to training every night has to be there.
“When Galway are like that, in that zone, we’re dangerous. That’s why we’re here where we are.”
Wing-back on the last Galway team to score a championship win over Tipperary back in 2005, his memories are much fresher of the counties most recent championship meeting — Tipp coming from six points down midway through the second period to win by nine last summer. Collins believes two points from the man he was marking, Lar Corbett, were key. “He wasn’t going great and the next thing he picked off two points from a simple pick up.
“I’ve watched the game a few times. You pick out little things, mistakes that were made, how you rectify them, what you’ll try not to do the next day.
“The ability of the Tipperary forwards to win primary possession, that’s key to the battle.
“We are going to have to work like lunatics.”
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