The Indo has a short piece this morning about Conor Mortimer and his cruciate operation. Conor had the op last Friday and he confirms to the Indo that he’s looking to be back in action in time for the club championship later in the year. While he could, at least in theory, be ready for the fray at inter-county level before this, it appears all but certain that he won’t be lining out in the red and green at all this year.
With the emergence in the last few years of other forwards who are capable of getting their names on the scoresheet, we’ve become less reliant on Mort in that department. Indeed, over the past two years he has become a largely peripheral figure, in particular during the championship. But, then again, we’ve become fairly peripheral as a team in the championship over this period.
Mort is, however, still our second-highest scorer over the last fifty years (perhaps of all time) and it’d be great if this operation – which aims to sort out a problem that’s been bugging him since he was an U21 – were to extend an inter-county career that has in recent times looked to be fizzling out. Could he yet go on to knock Joe Corcoran off his perch? Time is still on his side in this respect but only just. Best of luck with the recovery, Conor.
In other news, what are we to make of the shenanigans in Galway? Colm Keys has a good piece in today’s Indo about it where he mentions the interview that Ray Silke did with SBB on TG4 yesterday, which lifted the lid on the significant problems within the Galway set-up. Their trouncing by a depleted Monaghan in the opening round of the league the weekend before last was the first public confirmation that all was not well with the Herrin Chokers and the departure of Kieran Fitzgerald and Niall Coleman from the panel will increase the pressure on an already under-fire Tomas Ó Flaharta.
Those of an unkind disposition might think that problems in Galway are good from our point of view, not least because it’ll make it more likely that we’ll skate by them when we (almost certainly) meet in June in the Connacht semi-final. As The Brother repeatedly points out, however, the stronger the competition is in Connacht, the better prepared counties from the province are when the time comes for jousting with the cream of the crop from the other three provinces. Seen in this light, a diminished Galway could prove to be every bit as bad for us as it is likely to be for them.