I ended up at Croke Park this afternoon where Galway and Kilkenny played out a draw in an absorbing All-Ireland hurling final. Stalemates in hurling deciders are rare birds – this was the first one to occur since way back in 1959 – and with Galway on the rampage in the first half it didn’t look like a draw was on the cards today either. Likewise, when Kilkenny came roaring back into it after the break, it seemed only a matter of time before they’d put down the Tribesmen’s stubborn challenge but somehow Galway clung on and fully deserved the draw that Joe Canning secured with that late, late free.
There was, as you’d expect, a marvellous atmosphere at HQ today where Galway brought a large, boisterous crowd with them. They easily outshouted the Cats’ followers by 2:1 and it was great to see a team from the west giving their supporters plenty to shout about on All-Ireland Sunday. Hopefully, it’ll be a similar story when the replay takes place in three weeks time. Let’s hope too that we’ll have plenty to shout about ourselves when we get our own big day out at Croke Park a week ahead of this.