One strike and you’re out


In the aftermath of Waterford’s great win today over Kilkenny, I was gleefully pondering the new rules which see yellow cards removing players from the fray by forcing them to be substituted. Only eight of the team that started the All-Ireland final started out for Kilkenny today, and yet three of them – Tommy Walsh, Jackie Tyrrell and Eddie Brennan – were sent to the line (the latter for a straight red) after a coming-together with a Waterford player. Was this a question of payback for the humiliation of the All-Ireland final, drawing the fight in the hope of a quid pro quo as they both went off? Truly a devious plan and one that worked perfectly, right? Ha ha!

Then I saw Declan Prendergast pull on Brennan on TG4.

Okay, time to step back and remember that anything I write here is for the ages. It was a poor moment from Declan Prendergast and he will be lucky if he doesn’t get a six month ban for deliberate striking. We can also look forward to the hyperbole that characterises happenings like these taking the shine off a great win. Sigh . . .

Still, a great win. Did I mention it was a great win? Nice one, Waterford.