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Inside track with John McIntyre

EVEN the mighty Kilkenny hurlers couldn’t make it in 2010, underscoring just how difficult the challenge was for St Thomas to complete their own ‘drive for five’ at Pearse Stadium last Sunday. Breaking new ground is never easy for the best teams, but at least the Galway champions will have a second try.

They entered the 2022 County Final as big favorites to clinch their fifth consecutive title in Galway, although five members of their side – there would have been six from James Regan’s injury alone – were absent in the club’s historic triumph a decade ago had started. It was their first appearance in a final and it ushered in a period of unexpected dominance that has resulted in six championships in a decade.

St. Thomas have won every final they have competed in and there is a fine art in taking care of business on the big days that matter. But they were shaken to the core at Salthill and sometimes in a great game there was a feeling their time at the top was about to come to an end. Four points behind with eight minutes left in regular time. Never before had St. Thomas experienced such a crisis in a district finals.

Typically, her response spoke volumes for the team’s resilience and talent. A late goal and two points from the towering Éanna Burke seemed to have turned the tide in their favor and they were seconds away from celebrating a milestone – only twice before from Castlegar and Turloughmore in Galway.

It would have capped the glorious club careers of Burke brothers David, Cathal, Darragh and Éanna – substituted in 2012 – Conor Cooney and Bernard Burke, but fairy tales don’t happen in sport as often as some people would like to think. St Thomas have to do it all over again but after last Sunday’s balance game they should be thankful for this opportunity.

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