What they said ... the weekend in quotes

November 05, 2018

Ballygunner's JJ Hutchinson celebrates at the final whistle of the Munster club SHC semi-final victory over Ballyea at Walsh Park, Waterford. ©INPHO/Ken Sutton.

“I certainly don’t remember a game like it in the history of Ballygunner and I’m involved in the club for 27 years. Great stuff but there are no medals being given out today.”

Fergal Hartley and Ballygunner are left standing following an epic Munster Club SHC semi-final against Ballyea.

“I would say if you step back, there should be a lot of physical and mental fatigue but at this point in time there isn’t any of it. We just need to hand in there for two more weeks.”

Na Piarsaigh continued their winning ways against Clonoulty-Rossmore and Paul Beary is now switching his focus to a Munster final showdown with the Waterford champions.

“Our shot to score ratio was poor, but our wides were coming from straight in front of the goals, so we knew we weren’t doing a big pile wrong.”

Scotstown hadn’t their shooting boots on against Burren but manager Kieran Donnelly’s side still finished with three points to spare over the opponents.

“We didn’t turn up in the first-half. It was disappointing, just getting to the pitch of Ulster club football and I don’t know why, but we didn’t show up.”

Defeat was a bitter pill for Burren boss Paddy O’Rourke to swallow.

“Some fella from the Carlow team said they were ten points a better team than Offaly, so that was a motivating factor. We weren’t going to allow that.”

Despite finishing the game with 13 players, Joachim Kelly’s Coolderry inflicted a six-point defeat on Mount Leinster Rangers of Carlow.

“It was all about the win.”

Corofin are Galway senior football champions for the sixth year running after Kevin O’Brien’s side saw off Mountbellew-Moylough at the second attempt.

“We came here to get over the line, Tourlestrane set up the way they set up.”

It’s wasn’t pretty but Kevin Johnson and Ballintubber got the win they needed to advance to the last four of the Connacht Club SFC.

“He knows Dublin hurling now; he’s here for the last five years. Three Dublin championships and two All-Irelands. That’s the reason we went for him.”

Dublin chairman Sean Shanley explained why Mattie Kenny got the senior hurling job at the second attempt.

“Over a long and distinguished career, Leonard Enright was an outstanding hurler for Limerick and for Patrickswell, a fantastic performer who led by example. For all his skill and ability on the field, Leonard will also be synonymous with the positive impact that he had on so many and I know he is fondly remembered by people from all over Ireland who came into contact with him through his work with Mary Immaculate College in helping to develop Gaelic games there.”

GAA President John Horan highlighted Limerick legend’s Leonard Enright contribution to the GAA following his passing on Friday.

“Leonard Enright went in the Hall of Fame. Heroes like him, legends like him, it's what makes it extra special.”

Cian Lynch also paid tribute to his Patrickswell clubmate after being announced as the 2018 ‘Hurler of the Year’.

“It's something that you would have dreamed of as a kid so to win one and be picked amongst my peers as well is just so humbling and special and something I'll never forget for a long, long time.”

The 2018 ‘Footballer of the Year’ accolade went to Dublin’s midfield maestro Brian Fenton.

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