With a new restructuring of the format, the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship looks to be very interesting. So bring on those match days, the picnic in the car and the post-match analysis on the journey home. But be sure to make it in in time for The Sunday Game!
Last year’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was sheer brilliance, with many shocks and great moments. We take a look at some of the stand out #StyleOfPlay moments from last year. Who do you think will shine this year?
Stephen O’Keeffe’s save against Seamus Harnedy
They had momentum on their side going into the next game against Waterford. At halftime, they led by a point.
Joe Canning’s winning point against Tipperary
A great moment from the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
Johnny Coen hand passed the sliotar onto Canning, who took his shot and despite being under pressure from the Tipperary players, he secured the point.
It was the fifth point in a row for Canning in this Semi-Final, and it secured Galway’s place in the All Ireland Final, that they then went onto win.
Austin Gleeson’s point against Cork
Watch how he slides onto his knees to retain possession, gets back up and takes his shot to score this sensational point.
Damien Cahalane’s solo run
The Rebels added another two points before the final whistle, securing the Munster title going to Cork.
Shane O’ Donnell’s goals against Limerick
When Shane O’Donnell is running towards a goal line, there is very little you can do to stop him.
He made a name for himself, famously scoring a hat-trick in the All Ireland final in 2013. In this match against Limerick, he nestled two goals in Limerick’s net, and put Clare back in the Munster Final. The last time the Banner was there was 2008.
Michael Cahalane’s goal
In the final few minutes of the Munster Championship opener between Cork and Tipperary, the teams were level, 1-25 each. Michael Cahalane came off the Cork bench and secured himself a goal and a victory for the Rebels.
But it was a lot more significant than that.
Michael Cahalane was one Cork’s outstanding young talents. He had to step away from the panel due to illness after an ultrasound discovered he had an enlarged heart and had contracted a viral infection.
Medics told Michael that he wouldn’t be able to play again, but last year he was given the green light to return to Hurling. He came on in Thurles and scored the winning goal. An incredible moment for the Bandon man.
Colm Callanan’s save against Noel McGrath
Since Tipperary already scoring a goal early on in the game, Callanan was determined that this would not be repeated.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 6, 2017
Austin Gleeson’s Goal against Cork
Watch how he sprints down the pitch, beats four Cork defenders and ultimately the Cork keeper Anthony Nash to score another goal for Waterford.