Hello everyone and welcome to our discussion this week about Sunday’s hurling final. The general consensus seems to be for a Kilkenny victory, but I am sure there are plenty of Galway fans out there who would totally disagree. They certainly seem to have been signaling their disagreement in our poll (http://poll.fm/3vn1n).
You may have to excuse Shaun Cronin’s late entry to our blog as he is on holidays in Spain furiously trying to access a computer, in the meantime, we have Coilin Duffy here who will be providing live commentary for us from Sunday’s game.
Good afternoon. There was plenty of talk about the 'Drive for Five' in Kilkenny a few years back as they went in search of five in a row. Galway have their own 'Drive for Five' this weekend as they go in search of a fifth title. It's going to be hard for them to do it.
To start off, if Galway are to maximize their chances of winning they have to replicate their start from the Leinster final. But Kilkenny will be ready for that, so how do you see it going?
Accomodation very much snapped up this weekend in the capital. Even the camogie and Gaelic Football All-Ireland weekends are close to having the 'No Vacancies' signs up!
Hello, all greetings from sunny Spain. It´s warm here but you can bet the action on the pitch Sunday will be far hotter!
Galway need to rattle Kilkenny early on. Basically if either side makes a runaway start to this game I can't see a comeback. Anthony Cunningham's charges done just that in Leinster final. Lightning doesn't strike twice or does it?
They always say there is a big game in Galway don´t they. Sunday will show if there is a second. For them to win they need to be dogged early on and do exactly early on in the Leinster final and limit Kilkenny to far out shots while taking every scoring chance they get!
Also, the Tribesmen went For the most part 3-3-3-3-2 in the Leinster final. Do you think they will do that again or do they need to come up with another surprise?
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@Shaun Cronin - was Galway's big game just their Leinster final. Speaking to some of their players in the lead up to this game they have pointed towards the failures of being able to deliver big performances consistently in the past. Sunday will be a huge test of their character once again
What about the younger players on the Galway side? Much has been made of the stat that 17 of the squad are Under 21. Will inexperience be a factor on Sunday?
Ya Pete, Interesting tatics but Damien Hayes loves that free role to roam where he wants to pick up breaks. He can be one of the deciding factors on Sunday, if Kilkenny let him in the game.
Galway's Greg Kennedy believes his side need a bit of needle to reach the pitch of the game. But the Cats seem to thrive on the intensity of a game, so do you see this working for the Tribesmen?
Speaking of Kennedy, he was the Galway Minor All-Ireland winning captain in 1994. Galway have done very well at this level and at Under 21 level in recent years. Why is it taking so long for them to make the Senior breakthrough?
What about Galway's puckouts? Who can you see the Galway keeper Skehill aiming towards for the Tribesmen?
Not since 1997 when Clare beat Tipperary in provincial and All-Ireland finals have a county beaten the same team twice in an All-Ireland SHC. Interesting but useless fact or relevant?
I've to head off here. The search for tickets continues! Thankfully I have mine in the bag! Looking forward to two intense games on Sunday - the Minor game between Dublin and Tipperary also at 1.15 where Dublin are searching for a first title since the 1960's! See you back here for a live blog from around 3.15pm on Sunday!
Michael Rice is out of the decider, so who do you think should take his place, Cillian Buckley or Richie Hogan?
Talk seems to favour Buckley, its hard to see Hogan breaking back into the forwards after that semi-final display!
The pressure on Joe Canning must be enormous, do you think he will cope and what of the rest of the Galway team?
Declan Ryan left the Tipp job over the weekend. The right move for the Premier County? Who do you see taking over?
Ya Joe will carry the can for Galway good or bad, they have to play him on the edge of the square to win. Goals will win it on Sunday no doubt and Galway will need to hit Joe early and often to win. Fergal Moore and Johnny Coen need to be on form in corners as Shefflin and Taggy Fogarty are in top form.
And what of Gilroy's departure from the Dublin Football post? Do you think he had taken them as far as he could get? Your favourite to replace him?
On Ryan probably time to go, Tipp seemed to be unable to push on after their win in 2010 and he wasn´t getting the best out of them. As always loads of names have been throw out there; Ken Hogan, Richard Stakelum, Dinny Cahill or a return for Nicky English and Liam Sheedy are all possible.
On Gilroy, slightly suprised thought there was another year in him. Seemed hard for Dublin to get going this year after winning the All-Ireland. It´s likely they will stay within county though with u-21 boss Jim Gavin the heavy favourite
Anyway, we will wrap up for this week with predictions. I am going to be a coward and go for Kilkenny. Shaun?
I´m going Kilkenny too Pete can´t see Galway catching them twice in a year. Kilkenny by 5 for me. Now back to the pool!
It seems we are outnumbered according to our poll Shaun. poll.fm/3vn1 Wouldn't be the first time. Anyway, thanks for looking in and here's to a great final on Sunday. Enjoy the pool Shaun.....