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28th Jul 2018

If you know anyone who doesn’t appreciate hurling, show them Peter Duggan’s filthy antics

Conan Doherty


How? Why?

Imagine spending your life not watching hurling. Never don’t watch a game of hurling. Never don’t.

Galway and Clare was an All-Ireland semi-final so the territory that comes with commands that it’ll be pretty spectacular anyway but it grew into a bloody joke by the end of it.

From Clare’s comeback to their half time stunt, from Donal Tuohy’s save to that mad man running around with a number 2 jersey on having invaded the pitch in extra time, the game was breathless, reckless, limitless. This was hurling at its very best and when hurling is at its very best, sometimes you have to honestly ask if there is a better spectacle on earth?

Clare 1-30 Galway 1-30

The sides will have to do it all again after 90 crazy, crazy minutes at Croke Park and, to be honest, nobody will complain.

Clare’s Peter Duggan was awarded man of the match for his inspirational performance. It was him who knocked over the free with the last touch of the game to force extra time and it was him who took on four Galway men and volleyed over an audacious piece of skill after juggling the sliotar at the other side of men whilst he was taking shoulders from all angles.

It was pure composure, pure ability, pure class. It was Peter Duggan at his very best and it was, like all his moments of intervention were, absolutely crucial to the outcome of the game.

Perhaps draw left it on an anti-climax but, Christ, Peter Duggan would not have deserved to lose this match.

The more times kids get to see him play, the better.

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