Another game, another title for De La Salle. Remember when winning the Harty Cup was a scarcely conceivable target for Waterford hurling? Going forward, you cling to the truth that a) 13 of the 15 players are from Waterford, and b) all the evidence suggests they fear no one, twice coming out on the right side of one point games in the All-Ireland final against our betters in Kilkenny and Tipperary respectively.
And yet, it is important to celebrate it for what it is now: a Waterford team of any stripe winning a senior hurling All-Ireland. Even if none of this team graduate to the inter-county senior ranks, they have done us all proud and should be able to enjoy the plaudits without being pressurised into being the next Great White Hope of Waterford hurling.
There must have been quite a debate in the boardroom of TG4 as to what to call their flagship Gaelic games programme. This discussion was clearly won by those who felt calling it CLG Beo might have confused people – very, very confused – flicking past who are unaware of what the Irish is for ‘GAA’. And if only one person stuck with TG4 today because of this, then it was worth it as they saw De La Salle and Thurles CBS serve up a tremendously entertaining clash in Nowlan Park, the game finishing level after extra time. Having thoroughly enjoyed last weekend’s camogie match as well, it shows that even the lowest hurling match is more pulsating to my sensibilities than just about anything any other sport can provide. Let’s hope DLS make it a bit less entertaining next time round by just walking all over Thurles.