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10 things we loved in the GAA this week

All the best bits and pieces from this weekend’s GAA action.

10 things we loved in the GAA this week

This strike from Fergal Whitely

There was a lot to love about the Leinster SHC opener between Dublin and Kilkenny. The Dubs were fantastic, raising their game to within a few minutes of beating Kilkenny in the opening group game of the new format. Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney were superb in the forward line, while the wing-back line of Dublin were immense.

But this ground strike from Fergal Whitely, pick that out!

 

Conor Moore on The Sunday Game

The best Ger Loughnane impression you’re ever going to see.

Johnny Heaney’s winning goal against Mayo

It was far from a classic, but what a beautifully worked goal from Galway to edge an intense affair against their Connacht rivals.

The support for Tom Parsons

We’re not going to insert nor link to his injury, but just mention the tremendous show of support from around the country for Tom Parsons after his gruesome, season-ending injury against Mayo.

Parsons has been one of the best footballers in the country over the past five or six years and it’s a shame to see a player of his quality and character go down. Best wishes Tom, we’re really hoping for a speedy recovery.

Laois’ extra-time win against Wexford

Wexford had the opportunity to put the game to bed down in Wexford Park, but Donal Shanley chose to pop his penalty over the bar to put the Yellowbellies a point ahead late into injury time.

Having hauled themselves back from ten points down, Laois stormed forward – accompanied by marauding goalkeeper Graham Brody – and Gareth Dillon steadied himself to slot the equalising point with the last kick of the game.

Laois controlled extra-time, aided by a Kieran Lillis goal, and ran out six point victors. A hugely impressive win from the pit of a ten point deficit to progress to a quarter-final clash with Westmeath. An incredible second half performance from the Laoismen.

Wexford’s retro jerseys

Beautiful. GAA – more retro jerseys please.

Wicklow’s first championship win in 5 years

Wicklow defeated Offaly 1-20 to 1-15 after extra-time in their Leinster first-round tie at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Sunday, progressing to a quarter-final tie against Dublin.

Unfortunately, that fixture will not be held on home turf in Aughrim despite a home draw, but regardless it was a momentous moment for Wicklow GAA – their first Leinster win in five years.

A special word to goalkeeper Mark Jackson, who nailed seven points on his championship debut. He now gets to face arguably the greatest ever, Stephen Cluxton, in Portlaoise in two weeks time.

This picture of the Dublin and Kilkenny players

This point from Wicklow’s Garry Byrne

Wicklow beat Mayo on a score of 1-20 to 2-11 in the Christy Ring this weekend. Did Byrne mean this? Who cares, what a strike. If that was TJ Reid or Joe Canning it would go down as one of the greatest ever.

Newstalk’s new GAA show talking tactics ahead of Dublin v Kilkenny

Newstalk introduced a new web show last week hosted by Shane Stapleton. They quickly got to work, getting the tactics board out for a really great conversation on the battle ahead for Dublin and Kilkenny. More of this please!

Did we miss anything cool or interesting? Send us a tweet @gaawrap!

 

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