Joe Keane's Journal of Galway Hurling 1982

were rift throughout the team as they trundled to their customary All Ireland semi-final appearance. The clear message of the afternoon’s fun was that an enormous amount of work remains to be done if Galway are to reach their fourth all-Ireland final and quite drastic alterations from Sunday’s experimental lineout will be necessary if hopes of repeating the success of 1980 are to be kept alive. Michael Glynn Connacht Tribune

1982 The first notion that a great Galway senior side may be showing signs of slipping off the top of the ladder was very evident in 1982 when after the wonderful achievement of reaching three All Ireland finals in a row, including winning the title in 1980, they were badly beaten by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final by 10 points. Even though many new players were introduced into the panel in ’82, it was going to take them a while to blend together to form another great team for the future. The underage teams continued to fall just short of ultimate success with the Minors losing the final for the second year in a row, (a first title must be near at hand), while the Under-21 side showed much improvement when they also contested the final only to loose unluckily to Cork. Connacht did achieve success though in the Railway Cup, their second in three years. In the local Championships Kiltormer were victorious over Castlegar making up for the disappointment of losing in ’81 while Mullagh won the Intermediate title. In the All Ireland Club championship Gort put up a brave performance before going down to James Stephens of Kilkenny in the Semi-Final, the Kilkenny side went on to win the final on St Patrick’s Day. Joe keane - editor

Semi-final in Croke Park

Galway 2.10 Kilkenny 2.20

Galway scorers P.J.Molloy 1.02, Noel Lane 0.03, Michael Connolly 1.01, Steve Mahon 0.02 Joe Connolly 0.01, Sylvie Linnane 0.01. Galway lineout Frank Larkin, Seamus Coen, Niall McInerney, Jimmy Cooney Sarsfields , Iggy Clarke, Conor Hayes, Ollie Kilkenny, Michael Connolly, Steve Mahon, Joe Connolly, Pierce Piggott Gort , Bernie Forde, P.J.Molloy, Brendan Lynskey, Noel Lane. Subs. Sean Silke (2), Sylvie Linnane Gort (11), Pascal Ryan Killimordaly (14). The G.A.A. powers that be should hang their hands in shame for permitting a situation whereby a team can go, virtually untried into an All-Ireland semi-final, such a team is seldom, if ever, in a position to do itself justice – and that was one reason why Kilkenny, clearly benefited from their tough test against Offaly, got it much easier than expected against Galway, at sun – splashed, if breezy, Croke Park, yesterday. As a result, the superbly sharp noresiders qualified for an All Ireland SHC showdown against Cork, at the same venue on September 5 th . Donal Carroll Irish Independent Disaster! Selectors gambles backfire as Galway overrun by early Kilkenny dominance The fantastic expectation did not ease the pain of the reality – especially since Galway were the unwitting authors of their own destination, nor were we prepared for the enormity of their decline – it was just too great to have been contemplated let alone predicted. Too great indeed, to be still acceptable not withstanding the occasions they have let us down in the past. It would be just too cosy to label it as another example of their chactator failings. No, there were outside factors, which cannot be ignored. Michael Glynn Connacht Tribune It’s a real farce-untried Galway make it easy for Kilkenny

All-Ireland senior hurling championship

Quarterfinal in Croke Park

Galway 6.19 Antrim 3.12

Galway scorers P.J.Molloy 2.09, Noel lane 1.03, Brendan Lynskey 1.01, Bernie Forde 1.00, , Joe Connolly 1.01, Peter Murphy 0.03 Michael Connolly 0.01, Steve Mahon 0.01.

Galway lineout

Frank Larkin Kiltormer , Niall McInerney R.I.P. Liam Mellows , Conor Hayes Kiltormer , Seamus Coen Mullagh , Sean Silke Mellick Eyrecoart , Michael Connolly Castlegar , Ollie Kilkenny Kiltormer , Iggy Clarke Loughrea , Steve Mahon Kilbeacanty , Peter Murphy Loughrea , Joe Connolly Castlegar , Bernie Forde Ardrahan , P.J.Molloy Athenry , Brendan Lynskey Mellick Eyrecoart , Noel Lane Ballindereen . Subs. Finbarr Gantley Beagh (12), Aiden Staunton Kiltormer (6). Galway still has a lot of work to do If such a thing as an unconvincing annihilation is possible then Galway hurlers achieved the paradox at Croke Park on Sunday. For, although their supremacy over Antrim was never less than massive, deficiencies

Final in Croke Park

Kilkenny 3.18 Cork 1.13

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