The highest scoring hurling match ever?
What might be the highest scoring game of hurling ever, the Donegal bandwagon has one dissenter and Kildare’s epic summer road trip continues.
The highest scoring game of hurling ever?
It hasn’t been a great year for Dublin hurling, to say the least. Relegation from Division 1A and a short and not very sweet Championship would have even the most devoted of small ball fans in the capital wishing they could fast forward to next year and start again.
But anybody who rocked up to see the Ballyboden St Enda's senior hurlers play St Vincent's in the league at the weekend saw a hurling feast and certainly the highest-scoring game we have heard of in a long time.
The final score was Ballyboden 10-26, St Vincent’s 5-10. That’s 51 scores in 60 minutes and with 81 points scored it is well over the point-a-minute rate.
To find out exactly what happened in Páirc Uí Mhurchú on Saturday night we gave Ballyboden a call and spoke to Brian O’Regan, who saw the game.
Brian told us that the game was the final one for captain David Sweeney before he emigrated and they wanted to send him off on a high. That said, despite the massive score, Sweeney, playing centre-back, didn’t get on the board himself.
Brian was also able to tell me that the game wasn't that intense an affair but they did effectively break the scoreboard, with the goals side only going to nine. The final score, according to the board, was 9-29 as they accommodated the final goal on the points side of the board.
It is certainly the highest tally we can ever recall seeing. Any better ones out there?
At least one person doesn’t fancy Donegal to win Sam
After their breathtaking display in the Ulster final there has been a rush to crown Donegal as favourites for the All-Ireland crown. Add in Dublin’s below-par show and if some pundits are to be believed, Jim McGuinness’ side are now an unstoppable force in the 2012 Championship.
We imagine that Jack O’Connor, James Horan and one or two other sideline patrollers would privately disagree and one Wexford footballer is not joining the Tir Chonaill love-in just yet.
Adrian Flynn has reminded everyone that there is a team from the south, with a provincial title, who shouldn’t be overlooked.
Is Flynn right? Time will tell but fair play to him for sticking his neck out.
Kildare to hit the road again
As we have spoken about before, Kildare’s lack of a suitable home stadium means they spend more time on the road than Bruce Springsteen.
After opening up their campaign with a trip to Portlaoise to play Offaly, Geezer’s lads went to Dublin, Cavan and Portlaoise again on Saturday. Now with Sligo next up the GAA have scheduled the game for Hyde Park in Roscommon.
Sligo will be very familiar with that venue as it is where they lost to Mayo in the Connacht final just a few short weeks ago. Kieran McGeeney will be hoping his road warriors can keep it up.