TWEETS: Austin Gleeson was adored by every hurling fan despite Waterford's heartbreaking loss
The Mount Sion hurler is a superstar.
Every once in a while, an athlete comes along who just seems like they're born to perform and excel in their chosen sport. Austin Gleeson is that athlete.
The Mount Sion man was absolutely mesmerising in last Sunday's drawn All-Ireland Hurling semi-final with Kilkenny and he matched that performance level in tonight's replay. The bottom line though is that it's Kilkenny who will be playing their tenth All-Ireland final in 11 years after they beat the Déise by 2-19 to 2-17.
In what was an utterly captivating game of hurling, the 21-year-old once again proved why he's arguably the finest young talent in the game with another memorable performance.
Despite Gleeson's goal, it's Kilkenny though who will be competing against Tipperary or Galway for Liam McCarthy but the Waterford man has only enhanced his reputation as one of the finest hurlers in the game.
Fair to say that Austin Gleeson is the best young Irish sportsperson in any code or sport? Such an outrageous talent. #WATvKK
— Paddy McKenna (@PaddyMcKenna) August 13, 2016
Austin Gleeson hurls like the O'Donovans row. #PullLikeADog
— Adrian Barry (@WhosAdrianBarry) August 13, 2016
They could make a highlights package made up solely of Austin Gleeson flicking balls over Kilkenny heads.
— Eoin McDevitt (@EoinMcDevitt) August 13, 2016
Hard to compare sports @SecondCaptains but difficult to imagine a better athlete currently operating in Irish sport than Austin Gleeson...
— Brian Kelly (@brian_kelly22) August 13, 2016
— L. NíHéineacháin (@LaobhaoiseNihE) August 13, 2016
— Shane Stafford (@staffyshane) August 13, 2016
Hurling fans deserve to be able to see Austin Gleeson play 500% more championship games a year than he does. Incredible talent. #GAA
— John Ivory (@JohnIvory12) August 13, 2016
Austin gleeson could catch a cold in the desert! #GAA
— Adam McCarthy (@AdamMacCork) August 13, 2016
Austin Gleeson might well be my favourite hurler. The prototype of modern Gaels. #KKvWAT
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) August 13, 2016
— Jack Killeen (@J_KALL_) August 13, 2016