Hanley plays down three-in-a-row

August 19, 2019

Galway manager Brian Hanley and Kilkenny manager Richie Mulrooney shake hands. ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

Brian Hanley has downplayed Galway's historic three-in-a-row of All-Ireland minor hurling titles, insisting the grade is about developing players rather than winning silverware.

Mindful of the county's failure to build on minor successes in the past, the Athenry man told the Irish Examiner after yesterday's emphatic victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park: “It means nothing.

“If we didn’t win that game, but had six of them playing in future and starring and lifting Liam MacCarthy, I’d have been fine with that.

“A friend of mine said that if he got a euro for every time he was asked: ‘Whatever happened to that good Galway minor?’, he’d have a lot of money. So we kept reiterating that in our dressing room. We can’t let them take the eye off the ball now, they’ve got to move on and the only way to do that is in the gym and through hard work.”

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