A side cut at the GAA weekend.
On Saturday night Jack Grealish scored a point for Galway in their comfortable win over Laois in the Leinster Hurling Championship, putting them just one win away from a place in the Leinster Hurling Final.
Over in Birmingham another Jack Grealish was on duty for Warwickshire the same day they went to Armagh in their Nickey Rackard Cup clash. He scored 4-2 but failed to prevent his side’s defeat, while another Jack Grealish, once in the Republic of Ireland youth team, scored for Man City in a 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday. The latter, Jack Grealish, has strong GAA connections and last year joined a campaign to help save Birmingham’s Pairc na hEireann pitch.
A rivalry in name only
Another routine day for Dublin against Meath at Croke Park yesterday and figures from @GAA_stats show how one-sided the rivalry has become. Dublin have now beaten the Royals eight times, but before that they had only managed to win four in a row without some sort of Meath revenge.
Dublin have now beaten Meath eight times in a row.
Before this run, their best was four in a row, which they did three times:
1919-1924, 1955-1963 & 1974-1980.
— GAA Statistics (@GAA_Stats) May 15, 2022
A look at the Irish in the AFL
Conor Nash was in action in Hawthorn’s 23-point loss to Richmond, where he had 19 disposals, but despite his efforts, the Hawks are now 13th in the rankings, eight points behind the top eight teams at the bottom of the reach the finals of the regular season.
Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor were both in action for Geelong against St Kilda but couldn’t avoid falling by ten points and are now seventh. Darragh Joyce, a Kilkenny native and former Minor Hurling All Ireland winner, did not play for the Saints in that game.
Dublin’s James Madden has not played for the Brisbane Lions but they are second in the table, four points behind leaders Melbourne.
The Irish in the AFL: Darragh Joyce (St Kilda), Zach Tuohy, Mark O’Connor (both Geelong), Conor Nash, Fionn O’Hara (both Hawthorn), Cian McBride (Essendon), Colin O’Riordan, Barry O’Connor (both Sydney Swans ). ), Callum Brown (GWS Giants), James Madden, Deividas Uosis (both Brisbane Lions).
GA on TV
Another weekend of GAA action with hurling taking center stage, starting with today’s Leinster MHC finals pairing, which sees Laois take on Offaly.
The last qualifying spot in Münster will also be decided this weekend. Clare and Limerick are already in the final, but Waterford, Cork and even winless Tipperary can all still qualify for the All-Ireland stages. There’s also action from Leinster as Galway meets Dublin, as well as the U20 All-Ireland final between Limerick and Kilkenny.
Leinster MHC Final: Laois v Offaly, O’Moore Park, 7.30 TG4
Leinster MFC Finals: Kildare v Dublin, MW Hire O’Moore Park, 7.30 TG4
Leinster SHC: Galway – Dublin, Pearse Stadium, 6.0 Sky Sports Arena
Clare vs Waterford, Cusack Park, Ennis, 4.0 RTE2
Tipperary v Cork, FBD Semple Stadium, 4.0 RTE2
All-Ireland U20HC Final: Kilkenny – Limerick, FBD Semple Stadium, 1.30 – TG4
Number of the week: 100
22-505 – The number of goals and points scored by Cork’s Patrick Horgan in the Championship to become the competition’s all-time top scorer. Former Galway star Joe Canning (who previously held the record 27-487 (568) and himself had beaten Henry Shefflin’s 27-484 (565 points) record in 2021).
The Glen Rovers man became the hurling championship’s leading points-scorer last year, while in 2017 he overtook Christy Ring as Cork’s all-time championship scorer.
Quote of the week #1
“Right now there’s a narrative that Gearóid is playing on the sidelines or doing x, y or z, and it feeds into people’s decision-making. It has to stop because it’s going to have a huge impact and it’s just disappointing, really disappointing to see a player like that.” – John Keily on the incident of Gearoid Hegarty being sent off in the draw against Clare.
Quote of the week #2
“I hope it takes off like a meteorite” – GAA President Larry McCarthy on his wishes for the Tailteann Cup.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/something-from-the-weekend-jack-grealish-times-three-the-hateful-eight-for-meath-and-has-a-meteorite-been-launched-41654534.html Something from the weekend: Jack Grealish times three, the hateful eight for Meath and has a meteorite been fired?