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10 things we loved in the GAA this week

Some of the best bits and bobs from the past week of GAA action.

Kerry v Dublin

Remember what entertaining Gaelic football used to look like? Kerry and Dublin gave us a reminder of that on Saturday night, with a cracker in Tralee that ended up 1-18 to 2-14 in the Kingdom’s favour. It was end to end stuff, with the leashes very much off as both sides went blow for blow in a game which, in the grand scheme of things, won’t mean a whole pile in the 2019 campaign. So it was great to see them unshackle the defensive mind-sets and just go at it. More of this please, especially when the league caters for a less negative approach before the fire and fury of the All-Ireland championship.

This picture of a Shane Ryan and a little Kerry fan

Every week we plan to have a this what makes the GAA great moment. This week, Shane Ryan of Kerry provided that.

David Sherry’s winning score

This week we were served up a treat with the All-Ireland Senior Club hurling semi-finals. Ballyhale Shamrocks showed all their class in a victory over Ballygunner, while Cushendall and St Thomas’ of Galway went right down to the wire. And St Thomas’ winning score came from a very unlikely source… corner back David Sherry.

TG4’s coverage

Is simply second to none. This week, they served up Cushendall versus St Thomas’ and Ballygunner against Ballyhale in the club hurling, before showing Monaghan and Galway in the football with delayed coverage of Roscommon and Tyrone on Sunday.

In addition to all that, they had complete coverage of the club All-Ireland finals on YouTube. That was four games: Beaufort v Easkey (JFC), Kilcummin v Naomh Eanna (IFC), Castleblayney v Dunnamaggin (JHC) and Charleville v Oranmore-Maree (IHC). Sensational.

Niall Morgan’s point Part II

Will we reserve him a weekly spot now? This was even better than last week’s strike.

Jim Gavin

You know when you want to avoid someone, and just cross the street so you don’t have to avoid that awkward eye contact? Here’s Jim Gavin (black woolly cap with “Bainisteoir” on his back) blatantly ignoring the kerfuffle that insued at the final whistle of the Kerry and Dublin game. He appears in shot, then disappears for a seconds, before you see him walking off having avoided the whole thing.

Luke Meade’s goal for Mary I

Mary Immaculate overcame CIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final and this goal from Luke Meade was the highlight of the match. Incredible mazy run and finish from the Cork forward.

(GIF via SportsJoe.ie)

This hop ball between Monaghan and Galway

Love the referee here. “F*ck this lads, ye have it.”

 

GAA League Tables

If you’re not following @GAALeagueTables on social media yet, get on it. A very simple concept but until you start following them, you wonder how you ever lived without it. They provide up-to-date league tables from all divisions in the league as soon as they are available, making them easily accessible and very easy to read. Tremendous work.

The Junior B All-Ireland

Did you know that the Junior B has its own All-Ireland? It’s run by the Killeedy club in west Limerick and way beyond the glitz and glamour of this weekend’s All-Ireland finals in Croke Park, was hosted last week between finalists Cappamore of Limerick and Oylegate-Glenbrien of Wexford. The Leinster club won it 1-15 to 11 points, highlighting that even the Junior B clubs have All-Ireland aspirations.

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