Galway have it their own way
Walsh Cup round-up
ANTHONY CUNNINGHAM won't have an easier day as Galway hurling manager. His tenure opened with an embarrassingly one-sided Walsh Cup victory - by 6-25 to 1-8 - over UCD on the all-weather Belfield pitch.
Cynics will claim that the visitors worked up a bigger sweat during their 'warm-down', when put through a series of 100m runs on the adjacent boggy ground.
"UCD probably weren't at their strongest today but we just took it that it's a day of work for us," said Cunningham, who will be looking to see his new charges "driving on" as they prepare for a semi-final date with Laois next Sunday.
The game was already effectively over after 10 minutes, with Galway 1-6 to 0-2 ahead, and definitively dead at half-time with the scoreline reading 4-16 to 0-2. Joe Canning had already tallied 1-6 before his half-time substitution; debutant Conor Cooney top-scored with 2-6; while further goals came from Damien Hayes, David Burke and Iarla Tannian.
Elsewhere, it was far tougher for All-Ireland champions Kilkenny who -- fielding a senior development squad -- squeezed past NUI Galway by 0-13 to 0-12 in Freshford. John Power, younger brother of Richie, enhanced his prospects of a senior squad call-up by scoring 0-9, with at least three of his seven converted frees stemming from fouls on the player himself.
Dublin v Kerry pulling power
A CROWD in the region of 45,000 is anticipated for this Saturday night's Allianz NFL double-header in Croke Park.
Tickets are currently on sale for the All-Ireland SFC final repeat of last year - Dublin v Kerry (Division 1, 7.15) - and Kildare v Tyrone (Division 2, 5.0) at which The Rubberbandits will provide the entertainment between the games.
Tickets are on sale online from www.gaa.ie, www.tickets.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie or the GAA Ticket Office (53 Lr Dorset Street) - opening times 9.30am to 5pm from today until Friday afternoon.
Parnell Pass holders can collect their 'Three match ticket bundle' free of charge from the GAA Ticket Office on Dorset Street from 10am tomorrow morning.
Individual match tickets are also available for pass holders who cannot attend all three games. Collection days will be the Tuesday before each weekend fixture in Dorset Street ticket office.
Ticket prices - Three-match deal: Adult €30 (Stand, Wheelchair and Hill 16) Child €10; Single games: Adult €13 (Stand, Wheelchair and Hill 16) Child €5.