IN the second instalment of a five-part series, Patrick Earley reflects on his most memorable Galway senior hurling matches over the last 15 years. This week he puts the spotlight on those big games rated from 12 to 10.
2017 Allianz National Hurling League Final
Sunday, April 23, Gaelic Grounds
This was a significant day in Galway’s all-conquering season where they stamped themselves as genuine championship contenders, dismantling then reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary by 16 points in a blistering display at the Gaelic Grounds.
It had been an underwhelming campaign for the Tribesmen who failed to gain promotion from Division 1B and looked set to exit the league with a whimper when trailing a second-string Waterford outfit by 10 points at Pearse Stadium in the league quarter-final.
Micheál Donoghue’s side managed to turn that game around though and after comfortably disposing of a poor Limerick challenge in the semi-final, Galway ripped Tipp asunder in the decider.
Had they exited the league to Waterford at that quarter-final stage, it would have been highly improbable that the campaign would have unfolded in the manner it did.
The league decider with Tipp was the stage where Galway produced the kind of physicality that would become a theme in the championship, as the Tribesmen bullied Tipp into submission, limiting the Premier county’s inside forward six to a mere 0-6 from play.
Galway led 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time, with Joe Canning and Conor Whelan in sublime form but it was Jason Flynn who provided the X-Factor in the second half and less than a minute in, he rattled the roof of Darren Gleeson’s net to set Galway on their way.
Flynn’s second goal pushed Galway 2-17 to 0-11 in front after 56 minutes with Cathal Mannion adding further gloss to the scoreline with Galway’s third goal late on.
Galway were simply sublime but Tipperary were wretched in equal measure, much of which was down to the Tribesmen’s greater hunger, physicality and desire.
Galway wanted that piece of silverware more than their opponents for they knew the springboard it could provide for a potentially fruitful summer campaign.
It was the beginning of a run which would lead players and fans to their greatest summer ever, only they didn’t know it yet.
Galway: C Callanan; A Tuohey, Daithí Burke, P Killeen; P Mannion, G McInerney, A Harte (0-2); J Coen (0-1), David Burke (0-1); C Mannion (1-1), J Canning (0-9, 0-3 frees, 0-2 ’65s), J Cooney; J Flynn (2-1), N Burke, C Whelan (0-5). Subs used: J Glynn, J Hanbury, C Donnellan, T Monaghan, S Loftus.
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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
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