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[ # ] Ger Loughnane bad mouthing Kilkenny
September 5th, 2007

Ger Loughnane has been stirring up more controversy recently accusing Kilkenny of dirty play. He’s accused them of striking late with the hurley and then referees letting them away with it. and Wexford’s manager John Meyler, whose team played Kilkenny 4 times this year, .

It’s hard to know what Loughnane is up to here other than more attention seeking or perhaps sour grapes. You’d think he’d be concentrating more on improving Galway’s lot than having a cheap shot at the best team in the country. There’s very little evidence to back up what he says and when Wexford, who’ve played them more than anyone and been hammered more than anyone, don’t have any complaints then that’s enough said. Loughnane’s famed Clare backline of the late 90s hardly took any prisoners when it came to negating star forwards and he was telling us all how he was going to put more of that aggression in Galway so that just makes his comments all the more perplexing.

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[ # 1331 ] Comment from Dave [September 6, 2007, 11:13 am]

Hardly any evidence? Come off it!

Eddie Brennan was lucky to be still on the pitch to pick up his medal last Sunday. I think the Limerick bainisteoir, Richie Bennis, said it best during the week when he said Kilkenny play “on the edge”.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of physicality but one does think that Cody doth protest too much.

[ # 1332 ] Comment from Dave [September 6, 2007, 11:15 am]

As for Loughnane’s motives… I think he has one eye on next years championship.

He never says anything by accident does Ger.

[ # 1342 ] Comment from [September 6, 2007, 2:40 pm]

I don’t usually agree with Loughnane and in this case it’s very much a pot and kettle case. As Dave rightly says his Clare side were more than a little loose with the stick.
The evidence on Sunday is clear though. Eddie Brennan did what he did, unprovoked in the first 5 minutes. So you must say that Loughnane was proved right.

[ # 1367 ] Comment from Larry [September 7, 2007, 9:34 am]

One incident hardly constitutes evidence. That stuff goes on all the time with every team. Damien Reale was practically assaulting Eoin Kelly in the Limerick Tipp saga . I’m not saying it was ok but to use it as a basis that the whole Kilkenny team is dirty is just nonsense. Loughnane has lost the plot in recent years, trying to be too controversial. He failed with his first year in Galway and more than likely he’ll fail again in his second.

[ # 1369 ] Comment from Dave [September 7, 2007, 11:00 am]

An Moltoir has a good article over on An Fear Rua.

It certainly wasn’t just one incident, another was Noel Hickey’s hideous chop on Fitzgerald just after he pulled up. The ultimate example of Kilkenny cyncism.

[ # 1370 ] Comment from Larry [September 7, 2007, 12:08 pm]

That’s a good article alright. I’m still not convinced by it though. Kilkenny may play a more physical game but I think the top level of hurling has gone that way every since Clare emerged in 95. Everyone has their own methods of pushing the rules and testing the ref. The reality is we mightn’t be having this conversation if Kilkenny hadn’t such an easy route to the title. Limerick weren’t anywhere near good enough on the day to beat them, it was going to take Waterford or Cork.

[ # 1375 ] Comment from Dave [September 7, 2007, 1:33 pm]

Every top team pushes the rules to the limit, it’s up to the authorities to enforce them.

At least you’ve conceded that KK “may play a more physical game”.

[ # 1376 ] Comment from Dave [September 7, 2007, 1:38 pm]

That being said I don’t think Waterford would have had a hope of containing Kilkenny. Comerford would have had Prendergast for breakfast.

Cork perhaps; if they couldn’t raise their game for KK they never will, but judging by this summers form they wouldn’t have done it either.

I think the two finalists were worthy of their places this year.

[ # 1379 ] Comment from Larry [September 7, 2007, 2:17 pm]

I’m not a Kilkenny man either so I’m not blindly defending them, I just find the emphasis on them a bit heavy handed.
I wouldn’t neccessarily say they couldn’t have been beaten, while they did look very impressive they had a very easy schedule, they had two meaningful games, and didn’t have to play either of cork & waterford.

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