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Babs Keating Slates Johnny Glynn For Wearing Two Gloves

Babs Keating Slates Johnny Glynn For Wearing Two Gloves
By Mary Stafford Updated

Babs Keating has cast his eye over last weekend's drawn Leinster hurling final between Galway and Kilkenny and identified where he believes it went wrong for the reigning All-Ireland champions.

Writing in his Irish Sun On Sunday column, the two-time All-Ireland winning manager cited a hunger possibly sated by lifting Liam MacCarthy last September, a misfiring Joe Canning, a moany Padraic Mannion and Gearoid McInerney not hitting the heights of 2017 as reasons for a disappointing showing from Galway.

Those were in addition to Johnny Glynn's gloves. Babs doesn't like players wearing gloves. Wearing two means you get a mention in his column.

"One thing that caught my eye was Jonathan Glynn wearing a glove on both hands," wrote Keating.

The 74-year-old spotted just two other players wearing gloves in last weekend's provincial hurling finals. Glynn came off the bench with 12 minutes to play in the drawn game.

I don’t know any hurler worth his salt who wouldn’t ­sacrifice a rap on the hand to play in a Leinster final.

It’s unforgivable that the biggest and strongest fella on the pitch, 6ft 4in and nearly 16st, had to wear them on both hands.

Gloves are a handicap in hurling, no question about it, and if I was Donoghue giving him a jersey I’d have a serious chat about it first.

I’ve tried them on a few times over the years to see if you’d get the same feel for the ball, and you just don’t.

Keating is willing to be more forgiving to a defender who chooses to wear a glove but a forward wearing one he will not accept.

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