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Six things we loved in the GAA this week

Some of the best stuff from around the world of GAA this week.

Old School Commentary

Thanks to the lads over at Balls.ie, they’ve snipped some of Willie Hegarty’s amazing commentary during the final moments of New York’s nail-biting Connacht SFC tie with Leitrim

Unless you were lucky enough to find yourself in and around New York on Saturday evening, the GAA community on these shores had to stick on the wireless to get a grasp of the action, and Willie’s commentary on Shannonside FM didn’t disappoint.

This point from Jamie Clarke

Paul Kimmage in the Sunday Independent

He’s one of Ireland’s greatest journalists, and this Sunday Kimmage turned his attention to the GAA, specifically the treatment of youth players in a particular Galway club.

Kimmage doesn’t hold back, and although we’d wonder was it right to pound so much on one singular club, it does raise a very important debate in GAA – and will hopefully lead to clubs all over the country bucking up their standards in youth development.

This mini-documentary with Shane McNaughton

The Newstalk team delivered this excellent mini-documentary on former Antrim hurler Shane McNaughton, who has gone from breaking balls on the hurling field to breaking a leg on Broadway.

The return of the Munster U21 championship

In terms of entertainment and pure hurling action, the Munster U21 campaign is right up there with the best. It returned on Monday evening, with Limerick beginning their defence of their title with a victory over Clare.

The Joe McDonagh Cup

The newly-formed competition threw in for the first time this weekend, and there was no shortage of action.

Westmeath beat Laois for the first time in exactly 50 years (yes, EXACTLY 50 years…), coming out one goal victors on a score of 2-21 to 1-21.

There was a barnstormer in Navan, with seven goals between Meath and Antrim – unfortunately for the Royals, five of those went Antrim’s way, who ran out 5-25 to 2-18 winners.

Finally, Carlow beat Kerry 0-21 to 0-18 in Dr Cullen Park. It was a super round of action in the new second tier of hurling, with a combined scoring of 10-124 in the three games – that’s an average of 51 points a game so far. We were really looking forward to this competition and it’s delivering on action already.

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