One could not fault Galway manager, Anthony Cunningham if he said he never wanted to see the sight of a black and amber jersey again after what can only be described as a horrendous weekend for him.
On Saturday evening his Garycastle team lost by 15 points to Crossmaglen in the senior club All-Ireland football final and less than 24 hours later the Galway hurlers lost by an incredible 25 points against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.
Kilkenny were terrific, but they faced what was surely the poorest Galway side we have seen in ages. The Cats needed a point to be sure of a NHL semi-final spot and with Richie Power suspended the challenge from Galway was expected to be formidable.
It turned out to be oh so different. Kilkenny swept the Westerners aside with consummate ease. Time after time Kilkenny players evaded the shackles of their opponents and it was frankly embarrassing to see how much space the Cats were able to create around the pitch.
Even if the opposition was pathetic, there was a lot to admire about Kilkenny, and most especially the performances of Killian Buckley and Richie Doyle. These two lads could be crucial this year.
This was a game where every Kilkenny player came out on top. It was fitting T.J. Reid win the TG4 man of the match award. He led the attack with confidence and assurance, and this will have pleased manager Brian Cody.
Galway left Kilkenny chastened and downbeat. The ploy of bringing many under-21 players on to the panel is not working. Some serious rethinking is required.
Kilkenny wanted to reach the knock-out stages. Their upcoming meeting with Clare or Limerick on Sunday, April 22 is ideal preparation for the upcoming championship.