Antrim spend years lulling opponents into false sense of security
What is up with this summer’s hurling championships?
Under-21 Hurling All-Ireland Semi-finals:Antrim’s recent record
Every time we reckon we’ve seen it all, something else crazy and unpredictable is hurled before our eyes.
September Road had the pleasure of sitting in Croke Park on the day in 1989 when the Antrim seniors shocked Offaly (and the hurling community) by reaching the All-Ireland decider.
It was a wonderful day (so long as you weren’t an Offaly fan) and it’s always stood out how many Antrim people are in Thurles every summer to watch big Munster championship hurling games.
Despite a year in which underdogs have had the upper hand in so many games, the Antrim under-21s have, without a shadow of a doubt, produced the shock of the season with their defeat of Wexford (1/80 to win).
And if you are in any doubt, just take a look at Antrim’s under-21 hurling semi-finals results in the recent past.
It’s great to see Antrim back in a major hurling final.
“CURSE OF 1951”: MAYO ON COURSE TO FINALLY LAY OLD SUPERSTITION TO REST
With Mayo winning
yesterday, there will be talk (lots and lots and lots of talk) about the “Curse of 1951”.
The story goes that the Mayo team, celebrating retaining the All-Ireland title in ’51, failed to pay proper respect when they passed a funeral along the road to Castlebar, prompting the local priest to curse them (as you would), promising they’d never win another title while any of that team were still alive.
A little harsh you’d have to say.
Three of the side as still with us, and, whether it’s this year or not, hopefully will be when a Mayo footballer walks up the steps of the Hogan Stand on final day again.
It’s just a story, of course, Mayo’s failure to win an All-Ireland title in the six decades since has had much more to do with their inability to kick the ball between the two white posts than any supposed curse.
And, anyway, here’s a much better completely rubbish reason for Mayo not
winning this year . . .
it’s Rob Heffernan’s fault.
Ireland has claimed three gold medals at the World Athletics Championships.
A month after Eamonn Coghlan won the first in 1983, Dublin claimed the Sam Maguire Cup. A month after Sonia O’Sullivan claimed gold in 1995, Dublin were also back on the podium at Croke Park. Now, a month after Heffernan returns from Moscow with Ireland’s third gold medal?
Well, it makes as much sense as the “Curse of ‘51”.
In fact, maybe Clare could take Heffernan’s victory as a good omen too, as they last claimed the Liam MacCarthy Cup soon after O’Sullivan’s victory in the 5,000 metres.