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While I always enjoyed the hurling column of Tony Considine over the years I have to say that he went way over the top in his analysis of last Sundays hurling All-Ireland between Kilkenny and Galway (Irish Examiner September 8)
He most definitely should not have said the following... “Whether they (the Galway hurlers) took sleeping tablets underneath the Hogan Stand, I dont know. They definitely took something. They were a completely different team upon the change of ends”
How dare he state as fact that the Galway players “definitely took something”.
I just could not believe that the above would appear in a column written by Considine who has penned a large number of fine pieces on hurling over the years.
I also find it very hard to believe that Considine met a Kilkenny man “departing the stadium and he said that even the hens wont eat out of the cup any more in Kilkenny. they are fed up with it.” What a stupid statement. Everybody knows that we really love hurling in Kilkenny and we love to win All-Irelands and we really appreciate the wonderful success of Brian Cody and our wonderful hurlers in recent years. And while we were so anxious to win the All-Ireland on Sunday we did feel a little sad for Galway in the end, as they have a number of wonderful hurlers. No doubt they will win in the very near future.
I also am taking issue with the heading of the column which I must say did not reflect the overall content of the article. It is not true to say that “Ruthless Kilkenny’s Monopoly is Hurting Hurling.” Instead Kilkennys dominance has played a big part in making the game more skillful and in the end it is their superior skill which has been the biggest factor in the All-Ireland success in recent years.
I am fed up with so-called journalists talking about the physicality of Kilkenny.Instead, they should be talking about their tremendous skill in all aspects of the game. It should be remembered that before the All-Ireland Kilkenny players were given only one yellow card during the entire championship while Galway platers were awarded eighteen.
As Considine said it is all about the team, and if the other counties intend to stay with Kilkenny in the future they should concentrate on increasing skill while developing team spirit. That is what it is all about.
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