Okay, Monday morning, work to be done and all that. Very little on-field stuff to talk about (certainly nothing of the green and red variety), though when I read the match report this morning about Mark Vaughan’s 1-6 against Corofin on Saturday, I couldn’t help but be reminded about the blonde one’s late, late equalising point in Crokes’ Dublin semi-final clash with with Vinnies back in October. Vaughan had been worse than useless in that game up till then but that one moment of magic kept his side in it and he then proceeded to cut loose in the replay five days later. Although the XMG boys wouldn’t necessarily agree, that late free in Crokes’ drawn game with the then holders of the Andy Merrigan Cup could well have been the moment when the All-Ireland Club title began its shift from dis side of Dublin to dat side.
Off the field, meanwhile, the pantomime down in Cork continues to drag on … and on and on. Someone should tell these prima donnas that the panto season is now well over and that it’s high time to sort out this sorry mess. This is about hurling, for chrissakes, it’s not the Middle East, though, in that context, I fancy George Mitchell’s chances of bringing harmony to that part of the world quicker than a solution will be found on Leeside.
Surely the time has now come for HQ to deploy the nuclear option to sort out these pesky rebels: both sides should be given a short period, say two weeks or so, to come up with a solution, failing which ALL Cork teams (the lot, football as well as hurling) should be turfed out of all inter-county action and left out in the cold until this squalid little squabble has been cleared up.
The fact that the incoming President of the GAA, Christy Cooney, is a Donkey Ayter himself makes it unlikely that HQ would be inclined to use the stick in this way but he’d have the thanks of GAA people in the 31 other counties, as well, one suspects, of many within Cork itself, if he was to administer tough medicine of this kind to these self-centred, egotistical quarrelers. If he did, we’d soon see how tough and uncompromising both sides in this ridiculous, tiresome dispute really are.