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10 things we loved in the GAA this week

Here’s ten things we loved about the GAA this past week.

Stephen O’Hanlon’s goal

Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the country in your first senior game for Monaghan.

Joanne Cantwell v Joe Brolly

There was a collective eye roll across the nation as Joe Brolly tried to wedge in another monologue on the state of Gaelic football and what rules he would indoctrinate into the game during Sunday night’s Allianz League Sunday highlights show. Fortunately, Joanne Cantwell was on hand to lay down the law and get us back to the action. We love a good GAA rules debate, but when time is of the essence on League Sunday we’d prefer to see more highlights and less chat.

And Joe’s piece in the Sunday Independent

In fairness to Joe, his piece Sunday morning in the Sunday Independent was a fantastic read.

“At the final whistle, hundreds of those pesky kids who shouldn’t be allowed at football matches unless they work for AIB or are Sky ambassadors, poured onto the pitch. I stood there for ages, soaking it all in, never prouder to be a GAA man.”

Sean O’Shea’s sideline point

Captured beautifully by Sportsfile’s Stephen McCarthy

Conor McManus’ judo moves

New Jerseys

It’s hard to rank the latest crop of new jerseys from O’Neills, but Sligo have done a nice job standing out from the crowd with their new shirt

Tipperary also unveiled a new link, it’s beautiful and a nice throwback to the early 90s – but the sponsor is overdoing it.

Roscommon have come up with a classy new shirt and the sponsor blends nicely.

Sideline cuts

There were a handful of superb sideline cuts throughout the league at the weekend. This from Noel McGrath is one lovely example.

Eoin Murphy’s save on Patrick Horgan

The collegiate action

The Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups are heating up nicely after throwing in last week. Reigning Fitzgibbon champions UL are already knocked out, UCC are looking sublime and NUIG are likely to have a say come the business end of the hurling competition. Mary I have been in immaculate form as well and are looking capable of reclaiming their title.

In the football, IT Tralee stood out with the result of the first two rounds with a 6-20 to 1-9 win over IT Sligo. UCD scored 5-8 against CIT. UCC put 7-25 past Athlone. There’s been some incredible scorelines in one of football’s most entertaining competitions.

Camogie’s enhanced coverage

The Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League has majorly enhanced its online coverage, with live coverage streamed online. We’ve always been in favour of bringing matches that can’t be shown on television to livestreams on Facebook, YouTube or wherever is possible. It’s a small but terrific addition that will help grow the game around the country.

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