LISTEN: Galway’s shooting prowess outsmarts Waterford’s sweeper system

Galway’s shooting prowess outsmarts Waterford’s sweeper system.

Waterford’s sweeper system came up shot in yesterday’s All Ireland final as Galway’s sharpshooters simply took on long range shots with deadly accuracy.

Derek McGrath’s tactic of playing with an extra defender came under scrutiny from a number of commentators throughout the season but despite this, it was sufficient to lead the Déise to their first decider in nine years.

Gearóid McInerney negated Waterford talisman Austin Gleeson while Joe Canning’s ten point haul coupled with David Burke adding four points from mid field was enough to lead the Tribesmen to a first All Ireland title since 1988.

As part of our usual Monday morning GAA review we caught up with the Weekly’s Observer’s Matt O’Callaghan who says Galway’s scoring ability proved crucial.

“They seem to have perfected the art of getting points and getting them from all angles and getting them from all sources. The spread of scores amongst the Galway players yesterday was excellent. The is a whole new dynamic in Galway. There was a time for a number of years up to probably this year when they were so dependent on Joe Canning for scores but now there are so many players on this Galway team that can step up to the plate and chip in with scores.”

Waterford had used a sweeper system to great effect this season and nobody can begrudge their employment of the system as it brought them all the way to the 2017 hurling showpiece. Unfortunately for the Déise they came up against a team with vast scoring arsenal.

O’Callaghan also signalled Galway’s defensive efforts and progression during the year.

“Austin Gleeson will have been disappointed with his performance, he was one of the players Waterford would have looked at for inspiration. I think this has been very obvious as this year has progressed. It was even noticeable between the first and second time Galway played Limerick in the league. The most notable aspect about Galway on that occasion was how they had improved defensively.”

You can hear Matt’s review in full on the link below.

 

 

Social Sharing

Posted in

FIXTURES | Second Round of games set for 3Dental Ladies Football Championships

The second round of the 3Dental senior, intermediate, junior A and junior B championships take place across the ...
Read More

Treaty Talk EP195 | Club Hurling Championship Second Round Review & 2022 Top 10 Hurlers

Episode 195 of the podcast has a special guest with Matt O'Callaghan on holidays. Jack Neville is joined ...
Read More

PREVIEW | Newcastle West and Monaleen prepare for fascinating battle in Premier Intermediate Championship

The Rathkeale of the clash is the third of four games in the championship this weekend. Monaleen and ...
Read More

HIGHLIGHTS | Bruff overcome sloppy start to see of Dromin Athlacca in PIHC

Bruff and Dromin Athlacca played out an entertaining game in front of the Limerick GAA TV cameras on ...
Read More

Sporting Limerick to livestream legends charity clash between Tipperary and Limerick

The game takes place on Saturday afternoon in Boher with all proceeds going to Crumlin Children's hospital. "Old ...
Read More

PIHC Preview | All eight sides in action as round three set to take place in heatwave this weekend

The PIHC will be the only Limerick hurling championship taking place this weekend. As the football championship returns ...
Read More

Limerick native set for Meath Hurling manager’s job

The Bruff man will be taking over his first managerial role at the Leinster county. Limerick's Seoirse Bulfin ...
Read More

Talking Points | Doon and the ‘Well back on track, Na Piarsaigh statement, Ballybrown on fire | Limerick SHC Round Two

Two teams remain undefeated after a pair of rounds in the top tier of Limerick hurling. After missing ...
Read More