Time to set up this thread. Kicking off in earnest this weekend with the big Leinster Hurling Championship clash between Laois and Antrim in O Moore Park.
In other news, Martin Comerford has announced his retirement from Intercounty hurling. He did some service for Kilkenny but was running on empty last year in fairness. Some paw on him to be fair to him and got some big scored for Kilkenny when they needed them.
It’s a pity Laois haven’t built on the progress that Rigney was making at one point. Laois improving would copper faster Leinster’s status as the premier hurling province. Although it’s currently well ahead of the shambolic Munster set up apart from the hang sangwich brigade.
Galway bought back James Skehill and Keryll Wade to the panel. Wade will be very interesting if fulfilling his underage promise. Gerlock fooked him around when he was in charge so it’s good to see him back. Tannion will miss the Leinster Chship after breaking his hand at the weekend.
Following have been axed from the panel John Grealish, David hayes, Niall Cahalan, Joseph Cooney and Brian Murphy. Niall Cahalan looks hard done by but the rest simply not up to it.
The air around Galway is tinted with confusion and chaos Laz…
Niall Healy and Keith Kilkenny have left the panel. James Regan from St Thomas has been brought into the panel. I heard that Alan Kerins trained with the panel yesterday morning??? (at 6am)
I’ll hold all my fire till the season is over as McIntyre & Co deserves this year to prove themselves. He is getting a year more than Noel Lane ever did. However, after what I witnessed in Pearse stadium against Tipp I am no way confident of getting too far this year.
Our best performance under this management was below in Tullamore against KK in 2008 when the KK machine was running like clockwork. Thats 3 years ago. Thanks to SO.
Rigney left Laois in fine fettle last year and its a crying shame to see the likes of Zane Keenan, Tommy Fitz, Mick McEvoy amongst others leave the panel since then. The loss of Cahir Healy has been hard felt also as has John O Loughlin. Rigney put pride into the thing and while I had heard great things about Fennelly, the players seem baffled by the man and to a man are frustrated as hell with his set up. I’ll keep my powder dry for now as like most I go in hope on Saturday, but all signs point to a first ever win for Antrim in the Leinster Cship.
Its a shame because I’d liked to have seen a full strength Laois side have a chance have a crack off a top tier side like Wexford.
Its not even 2 years since Kilkenny beat Galway in Tullamore KP.
The pirty about the Hurling championship is we can’t get too excited unless a nobody like Dublin or Limerick win a big game, then the summer will take off. Until that happens I fear it’ll be shadow boxing once again until the 2 quarter finals.