Friday 28 October 2016

Cunningham boasts full Tribe for final

Galway defender John Hanbury
Galway defender John Hanbury

Anthony Cunningham expects John Hanbury to take a full part in training before this weekend as Galway's injury worries clear ahead of Sunday week's All-Ireland SHC final against Kilkenny.

Hanbury limped off in injury-time during Galway's pulsating semi-final win over Tipperary casting some doubt over his participation in the decider.

Cunningham explained that the knock was "a calf strain" and predicted that Hanbury would train and added that he expected Conor Cooney to put himself in contention to make Galway's final squad.

"Conor is back training with us and playing with us. He's probably short on game-time. But he's doing well in training.

"He had a very tough year. He had a metatarsal break in January in a training camp.

"And it refractured after he came back. He had to get a pin in it the second time.

"And then he had some other injuries because he was out and it affected his leg and hip as well.

"That took much longer. And he took a huge amount of rehab to get it back.

"But he's delighted to be back now. And was down in the dumps really because it was so difficult to see everyone else playing and see all the matches going on.

"Conor was our Player of the Year last year, really. For that to happen to him was difficult. But it's good that he's back now."

Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion and Paul Killeen were all part of the Galway under-21 team that lost to Limerick in last Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final in Thurles though Cunningham explained that each came through the game unscathed.


"They're fine. They're disappointed, obviously. Everyone's disappointed.

"We all thought they had a team capable of going much further and they just didn't.

"We trained since. It's also good to get a reality check after a big win.

"After a big win, it's good to be back in training and back in reality."

Of the breathless win over Tipp, Cunningham surmised: "We could have ended up on the wrong side of the pendulum.

"Seamus (Callanan) was keeping them in the game.

"They are a hard team to beat," he added.

"It took Kilkenny two goes to beat them so we're delighted to have won that game."

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