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Good Week/Bad Week
Where else can we start? 3 wins in the Championship so far. Unlucky not to beat Westmeath in normal time, let alone extra-time. Home draw for the third successive qualifier. This man O’Dwyer, he’s a keeper. Now I think the County Council should put up diversions for the Down game. Make them travel every little back road and village in the county. Knacker them out. I’ll put that to my councillor today.
Okay. Alright. I know Dublin won their 5th Leinster Title in a row, but how refreshing was it to watch a contest for a change. The smallest winning margin since 2005, you have to give enormous credit to Kildare for the way they reacted after going 1-03 down after 6 or 7 minutes. And where it’s due, credit to Dublin for playing 50 odd minutes with 14 men after Ger Brennan’s rush of blood to the elbow. (Although, still not as impressive as beating an Ulster Side with 13 Men)
God it was miserable over the weekend. Anyone see the Sunday game? Wexford, Galway Camogie match? How they managed to play on a pitch like that is beyond me. Rain fell heavily across most games played this weekend and it’s a wonder how not even one was called off. Rumours of people arriving in Aughrim on dingys are as yet unconfirmed though.
GAA Current Account
Two games yeilded 130,000 people alone, Croker & Thurles. add that to the 70 odd thousand that went to the rest of the games and it left the GAA with a nice little pay packet for HQ. I wonder what 5% of it is…?
As Kerry waits on the outcome of Donaghy’s injury, questions were asked in the latter end of their Qualifier against Longford. Only back from a long layoff, he fell awkwardly (as a longford played fell awkwardly on him) and once off, Kerry had nothing to show up front.
We’ll wait and see. But his reaction to Donnelly’s wind-up could leave him watching the majority of Dublin’s Championship from the stands.
Bad week? Bad year. O’Flatharta stepped down as Westmeath manager after 4 years in charge following their 10 Point arrears to Meath. 2009 saw a massive decline in the County with injuries & players stepping down, atrocious league campaign and the defeat to their biggest rivals on their own turf. It was never going to be a Happy Ending.
A third Ulster team will have to travel to Fortress Aughrim™ in as many weeks. Forget Hill 16, theirs nothing more intimidating than The Car Park End™.