22 Iuil 2009.
MY COUNTY – RIGHT OR WRONG!!
This blog agrees with the Antrim manager Liam Bradley.The selection by the powers-that-be of Tullamore as a venue for the football play-off against Kerry on Sunday is a disgrace. Parnell Park on Saturday makes better sense particularly as the senior and minor hurlers are there. My guess is that the wily insiders from the Kingdom would not have been satisfied with the potential velocity of that occasion. Antrims Gaels from both codes would relish it.
But Parnell Park it is, for the hurlers one day and Tullamore it is, for the footballers the next day. We will just have to make the most of that.
I thoroughly enjoyed Clones last Sunday. I know the players are disappointed but this blog thinks they were brilliant. It would have been better if we had won but our team gave 100 percent. Once you do that then no one can have any legitimate cause for complaint.
It was always going to be a huge challenge to beat Tír Eoghain. They didn’t get to be All Ireland Champions for nothing. But this is the first summer in a very long time that this blog can recall the footballers still in the running at the end of July. And for that we thank them all.
The hurlers have usually longer summers. Given the defeat by Laois the next game is crucial. So we need to beat Offaly. And that won’t be easy. I’ve nothing against Offaly. Not in the least. But my first love always has been hurling. It’s a magical and skilfully awesome sport. Nearly as good as Camogie.
Footballing success is great. But every silver lining has a cloud as Richard has remarked when he is grumpy. Which isn’t too often, to be fair to him. But he thinks this years footballing success could be to the detriment of hurling. That would be a pity. Especially because it does not have to be so.
Aontroim can successfully promote both hurling and football and we can have teams to bring Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy to the north east. The talent and tradition is there. Resources and structures will develop in a more accelerated and broader way now that the support has kicked in.
And by the way this blog always believed that the support was there. And in Clones the Aontroim supporters were mighty. They also did our county proud.
So good luck to the minors against Gallaimh. And to the seniors. A win against Offaly on Saturday will steady the hurlers. And a win against Kerry on Sunday will be aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh dream come true for the footballers. And for the rest of us.
Come on the Saffrons!! Aontroim Abú!