Amazing stat for Joe Canning in club quarter-final. Woeful for Portumna. 5 years ago

Amazing stat for Joe Canning in club quarter-final. Woeful for Portumna.

How could you expect to win with a stat like this?

Four-time All-Ireland club Champions Portumna were dumped out of the Galway senior club Championship by Craughwell at the quarter-final stage on Sunday.


The adverse weather conditions from Storm Brian rolled over into Sunday, creating a windy, inclement setting in Kenny Park, Athenry, and this proved a huge hindrance on the usually deadly Portumna forwards, who managed a 4-21 tally in their last 16 clash against Castlegar last weekend.

Let's not forget, each and every one of their six forwards have donned the maroon and white of Galway at different stages in their career. Cousins Kevin and Damien Hayes were stars for many years, particularly under the John McIntyre regime between 2008 and 2011.

Corner forward Ronan O'Meara was a Galway minor when he was under-16, and has represented the under-21s and intermediates in recent times.

Andrew Smith captained the Tribesmen in 2015, and then you have the attacking behemoths that are Joe and Jack Canning, who need no introduction.


On Sunday, Joe Canning was the only one of these forwards to register a score, with the favourite for Hurler of the Year raising twelve white flags, albeit with 10 of these coming from placed balls. These 12 were Portumna's only white flags in sixty two minutes of hurling.

The Craughwell backs played out of their skin, with former Galway defender Adrian Cullinane dominating in his sweeper role, according to the Galway Bay FM commentators.


Thomas Monaghan impressed up front, as did the evergreen Niall Healy, and eventually they ground out a 0-15 0-12 victory over the Portumna men.

There's no show like a Joe show, but even the real JC needs some back up.