Tribe boss Micheal has a pop at GAA over fixture schedule
Super GAA pullout inside!
MICHEAL DONOGHUE was unhappy with the scheduling of the Leinster SHC final replay - despite watching his Galway side retain the Bob O’keefe Cup.
The reigning All-ireland champions saw a 12-point lead just before half-time reduced to only one by the 55th minute.
But Galway kept their cool to win their third Leinster title and progress to the All-ireland semis at the end of the month.
Kilkenny will play for a third week in a row this weekend when they face Limerick in the quarter-finals and Donoghue had sympathy for his counterpart Brian Cody.
“It’s hard for any team to come out three
weeks in a row,” said Donoghue. “When the fixtures were made, was there any allowance for a draw?
“The GAA would have nothing without the players, they are the most integral part of it.
“Even with the weather we’ve had, putting the match on at 3pm, what was wrong with putting it on at 5pm with the players’ welfare in mind?”
A defiant Donoghue (above) also put up a robust defence of his star man Joe Canning, who hit five wides in last Sunday’s drawn final and six yesterday.
“It’s easy for people, reporters, to look and see what Joe does on placed balls,” he said of Canning who did score 10 points in the replay including six frees.
“You have to look at the work he does off the ball, he’s an integral part of our team. We measure him by what he does off the frees as well and we’re very happy with what he does.
“I’ve said it many times, this group doesn’t care what’s said outside of the group.
“We can’t control that, we just try to control what happens in Athenry when we’re training.
“What’s said about us, what’s written about us is irrelevant, we’re just always trying to get the performance.
“It’s going really well for us, it’s been a brilliant week for Galway hurling with the under-21s winning as well – there was a massive connectivity with that group.
“All credit to Kilkenny for coming back but our boys showed no panic, their determination and quality and bravery to use the ball at that stage was very evident.
“They totally understand the responsibility that goes with wearing that jersey.”