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Replying To tommy k:  "I think you're referring to the Loughrea / Portumna final from 2006 - can't think of any infamous incidents in recent Loughrea / Thomas's games. Congrats to Thomas's today - some achievement to win 6 in a row Galway titles and they will want to push on now outside of Galway and try and win another AI title as they will feel they have underachieved in recent years on that front."
Thomas' v Loughrea 2012 final.

Low2Joe (Wexford) - Posts: 48 - 30/10/2023 19:51:33    2510974

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Replying To Galway9801:  "They may well be every but as much of a threat, but it's natural to feel more confident when the perceived best team is eliminated.
Kilkenny eliminating limerick in the 2019 semi would be a good example."
I get your point. But, a team of St Thomas's calibre , playing a semi-final or final of the AI Championship, shouldn't be too concerned about who they are up against.
By the way, I see they (St Thomas's) are 2nd favourites, behind Ballygunner, to win it.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 2392 - 30/10/2023 21:45:03    2510993

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "I am a lifelong supporter of LK Hurling and I can assure you the crowd at a an LK Final never exceeded 10.000."
I wouldn't disagree with that OTM, but did I not read some time, some place that the Cork county final could attract 20-30000 (is 36,000 the record) in the heyday (probably 1970s) of the Rockies, the Barrs, and the Glen?

Perhaps it was a Kitty the Hare story that I read instead. The Eve of All Hallows is nigh upon us after all!

Btw, when did Limk finals get the biggest crowds? Was when the Hartigan-Grimes-McKenna-led Liberties teams of the 1970s were in the march?

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1861 - 31/10/2023 01:58:27    2511002

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "What makes you think O'Loughlin Gaels will be less a threat than Ballyhale?"
Sounds like pure respect for Ballyhale not disrespect for OLG.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 31/10/2023 09:11:27    2511004

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Turloughs old failings came back to bite. No out and out forward threat. Jamie Holland and Conor Walsh completely anonymous from play. Brendan Phelan was dominated by Fintan Burke. Never even came close to registering a goal threat until Conor Walsh in the 61st minute. Their goal came from a 21 yard free. Wont beat Toms unless you rattle the onion bag.

Turlough saying the ref was bad and cost them ? Don't think so.

MapleSyrup (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 31/10/2023 09:26:08    2511006

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "I wouldn't disagree with that OTM, but did I not read some time, some place that the Cork county final could attract 20-30000 (is 36,000 the record) in the heyday (probably 1970s) of the Rockies, the Barrs, and the Glen?

Perhaps it was a Kitty the Hare story that I read instead. The Eve of All Hallows is nigh upon us after all!

Btw, when did Limk finals get the biggest crowds? Was when the Hartigan-Grimes-McKenna-led Liberties teams of the 1970s were in the march?"
I was at the 76 Cork Final. The pitch was only reopened a few months before. There was absolute bedlam. There was no way the crowd rested at 36,000 that day - it was away more.
As regards LK County Finals I would say 8.000 would be a record.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4252 - 31/10/2023 10:13:57    2511012

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Replying To MapleSyrup:  "Turloughs old failings came back to bite. No out and out forward threat. Jamie Holland and Conor Walsh completely anonymous from play. Brendan Phelan was dominated by Fintan Burke. Never even came close to registering a goal threat until Conor Walsh in the 61st minute. Their goal came from a 21 yard free. Wont beat Toms unless you rattle the onion bag.

Turlough saying the ref was bad and cost them ? Don't think so."
You are an Annaghdown man what do you know about hurling,

LottoPlus (Kilkenny) - Posts: 49 - 31/10/2023 13:31:13    2511054

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Replying To LottoPlus:  "You are an Annaghdown man what do you know about hurling,"
A wildly inaccurate remark and very childish.

As an Annaghdown man I share no ill will towards to Turloughmore and was cheering for the m to emerge victorious on Sunday.

That doesn't take away from any facts.

MapleSyrup (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 31/10/2023 16:32:42    2511083

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Replying To MapleSyrup:  "Turloughs old failings came back to bite. No out and out forward threat. Jamie Holland and Conor Walsh completely anonymous from play. Brendan Phelan was dominated by Fintan Burke. Never even came close to registering a goal threat until Conor Walsh in the 61st minute. Their goal came from a 21 yard free. Wont beat Toms unless you rattle the onion bag.

Turlough saying the ref was bad and cost them ? Don't think so."
There was a point in the second half where the Galway Bay FM announcers said Turlough hadn't scored in 18 minutes. Hard to win a County Final-or any match-when you have that long of a scoring drought.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 31/10/2023 17:53:00    2511091

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Replying To MapleSyrup:  "Turloughs old failings came back to bite. No out and out forward threat. Jamie Holland and Conor Walsh completely anonymous from play. Brendan Phelan was dominated by Fintan Burke. Never even came close to registering a goal threat until Conor Walsh in the 61st minute. Their goal came from a 21 yard free. Wont beat Toms unless you rattle the onion bag.

Turlough saying the ref was bad and cost them ? Don't think so."
As a neutral at the game I have to disagree re the ref when turloughmore were a point up with a few minutes left there were at least 3 as blatant as a foul as you will ever see go unpunished all 3 were well within Walshes range and had a major bearing on the outcome and this was also the opinion of most of the people around me

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 214 - 31/10/2023 19:06:00    2511096

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Sounds like pure respect for Ballyhale not disrespect for OLG."
Exactly.
Every other team would be delighted if, say, Man City were eliminated from the champions league.
That's not a poor reflection on the team who beats them, who themselves could end up winning it,, but it's still great to see the team everyone else is concerned about head for the exits.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1614 - 31/10/2023 20:14:31    2511107

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Replying To minor77:  "As a neutral at the game I have to disagree re the ref when turloughmore were a point up with a few minutes left there were at least 3 as blatant as a foul as you will ever see go unpunished all 3 were well within Walshes range and had a major bearing on the outcome and this was also the opinion of most of the people around me"
As a "neutral" sitting in the Turlough section i think you meant to say...

Turlough led once in the game for a very short period of time.
Their forward line over 64 minutes registered 6 points from play.
Brendan Phelan destroyed.
Couldn't deal with the high ball which led to 2 goals.
No foul on Ronan Burke which led to Toms goal being ruled out.
No impact from their bench.
Sean Linnane who started midfield for Galway v Limerick a few months ago was quiet.

MapleSyrup (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 01/11/2023 10:21:07    2511136

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Replying To MapleSyrup:  "As a "neutral" sitting in the Turlough section i think you meant to say...

Turlough led once in the game for a very short period of time.
Their forward line over 64 minutes registered 6 points from play.
Brendan Phelan destroyed.
Couldn't deal with the high ball which led to 2 goals.
No foul on Ronan Burke which led to Toms goal being ruled out.
No impact from their bench.
Sean Linnane who started midfield for Galway v Limerick a few months ago was quiet."
I wasn't sitting anywhere I was on the terrace and have never been a Turlough fan and never will and I was judging the people around me by the club colours they were wearing and I still maintain that the ref had a bearing on the result

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 214 - 01/11/2023 10:54:45    2511150

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Replying To Trump2020:  "There was a point in the second half where the Galway Bay FM announcers said Turlough hadn't scored in 18 minutes. Hard to win a County Final-or any match-when you have that long of a scoring drought."
I think you will find that Thomas's went 30 minutes without scoring

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 214 - 01/11/2023 10:55:54    2511151

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Replying To LottoPlus:  "You are an Annaghdown man what do you know about hurling,"
You are also an Annaghdown man Lotto. And a Kilkenny man. Your identity is known. And you know very little about hurling too it may be said.

GalwaysFinest (Galway) - Posts: 190 - 01/11/2023 11:07:06    2511153

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Replying To minor77:  "I think you will find that Thomas's went 30 minutes without scoring"
Really? That's amazing. It's probably after they ran out to a quick early lead then Turlogh came on strong.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 01/11/2023 23:56:49    2511235

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "I was at the 76 Cork Final. The pitch was only reopened a few months before. There was absolute bedlam. There was no way the crowd rested at 36,000 that day - it was away more.
As regards LK County Finals I would say 8.000 would be a record."
Thanks for that OTM. I recall that back in the early 1980's or late 70's, you could have up to 5,000 people watching a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane JUNIOR club hurling championship game in South Limerick, especially a final.

All North Cork and most of West Tipperary would be at such a feature, such was the rivalry between these great foes (great friends off the field actually for the most part). There would probably be more "outsiders" than actual Limerick people at these encounters.

Ardpatrick-Kilfinane has changed its club name to Blackrock since then, and that kill-all/do-or-die/no man shall pass mentality seems to have waned someehat these days in the younger generations, for better or for worse.

However, I can recall some of these great clashes with particular relish still. Let's say, to a young wide-eyed American, a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane hurling match was as close to a Shilleagh fight as I ever got!

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1861 - 02/11/2023 01:25:04    2511236

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "What makes you think O'Loughlin Gaels will be less a threat than Ballyhale?"
I don't think anyone serious left in the competition will think that about the Gaels or underestimate them. However, being there-done that…experience is also a big factor, especially in AI club hurling, as sometimes the conditions/pitches can be quite challenging and very inconsistent.

You can say "sauce fir the goose is sauce for the gander", but the likes of Henry and TJ, both of whom have accounted for so much of Ballyhale's success are actually a different breed altogether!

I'd feel more confident having to shape up against O'Loughlin than Ballyhale.

…my team would still lose ingloriously!

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1861 - 02/11/2023 01:41:19    2511237

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Usual rubbish with the Leinster Championship fixtures. What a coincidence that Wexford and Kilkenny play each other in the last round again? Some joke. Handy start for our lads anyway.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 625 - 03/11/2023 09:54:55    2511378

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Replying To galway19:  "Usual rubbish with the Leinster Championship fixtures. What a coincidence that Wexford and Kilkenny play each other in the last round again? Some joke. Handy start for our lads anyway."
The suggestion being that the game in Wexford was fixed in 2019.
If we were good enough that day in Parnell park it would not have mattered.

SixtiesKid (Galway) - Posts: 300 - 03/11/2023 10:53:12    2511391

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