Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney pore over the big stories of the weekend in Club Talk: Hurling — as St Thomas’, Blackrock, and Clonkill are among the county title winners.
Blackrock won a sensational Cork hurling final on Sunday, ending 18 long years of hurt.
The secret is out about star forward Alan Connolly who scored 0-13 points, though it was a contribution of 3-5 from the bench that changed the game for the Rockies.
Manager Fergal Ryan said after the game that they had debated long and hard about starting certain players, and certainly their cavalry was key to this famous win.
For Glen Rovers, it was disappointment in the Rebel County decider for a second season in a row.
Patrick Horgan and Simon Kennefick were among the scorers, but it was more misery for the Glen.
In Galway, Turloughmore had themselves in a winning position against St Thomas’, but the latter hit the final three points of the game to secure their three-in-a-row.
Daithi Burke came off during the first half and came back on late in the second, and we discuss the impact this had on Turlough’s in their first final appearance for 30 years.
Clonkill did likewise in Westmeath as Niall Mitchell made a shock return from injury to score two goals, while there were also county wins for Wolfe Tones, Carrick, Knockbridge and Setanta.
Cork SHC final
Blackrock 4-26 Glen Rovers 4-18 (AET)
Longford SHC final
Wolfe Tones 3-10 Longford Slashers 1-6
Galway SHC final
St Thomas’ 1-14 Turloughmore 0-15
Westmeath SHC final
Clonkill 3-16 Castletown-Geoghegan 2-16 (AET)
Leitrim SHC final
Carrick hurling 2-15 Clainin Iomaint 0-18 (AET)
Donegal SHC final
Setanta 2-19 St Eunan’s 2-13
Louth SHC final
Knockbridge 3-16 St Fechin’s 2-14
Video time stamps (approx)
02:30 Galway SHC final
14:00 Daithi Burke injury
17:00 Cork SHC final
30:00 Westmeath SHC final
34:00 Club title kings
36:00 Lazarus-like recoveries
40:30 Conahy on top in Kilkenny JHC final
44:00 Round-up of other SHC finals