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Joe Canning Hails Former Galway Teammate's 'Sick' Sideline Cuts

Joe Canning Hails Former Galway Teammate's 'Sick' Sideline Cuts
By PJ Browne

Joe Canning says he didn't pass any sideline cut tips on to former Galway teammate Fintan Burke. The St Thomas' man has taken over from Canning as Galway's threat from sideline balls. He scored two in last weekend's victory over Kilkenny.

"It’s something he probably does in his own time, and I would have done on my own time," Canning said at the launch of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tour series at Croke Park.

"He’s a bit unique. He does it off his left and his right, which is phenomenal. That’s a lot more than I ever done. You don’t see that very often.

"If you ask any inter-county hurler to take a sideline off their left and their right, very few would be able to do it like he does it.

"What he’s doing now is just different level to be straight up about it. It’s crazy really. You have to understand the technical ability to do that off both is sick really."

Canning also described Conor Cooney's winning free for Galway against as "clutch-moment stuff".

"If I’d a hard session I’d take frees when I’d be out of breath," Canning explained about how he prepared for taking frees in high pressure moments.

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"I had a drill where you’d different sliotars in different positions of the field and you’d sprint after you’d taken a free to the next one, as if it was a match-type situation.

"I never had crowd noises in headphones or any of that sort of stuff. Everyone is different. What worked for me isn’t necessarily going to work for Fintan or Conor Cooney. Everybody needs to find their own thing to get them ready for pressure situations.

"It's not the frees that are in front of the goals two minutes into the games… it’s like the one Conor got to beat Kilkenny. That is pressure. That’s clutch moment stuff where he needs to nail 65, 70 yards out.

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"That was a great free. You can’t quantify the pressure that was on his shoulders in that situation. That was fair balls from him to be honest about it."

Following two years of virtual tours, fans will once again join their heroes for in-person tours of Croke Park as they give fascinating insights into their careers. The tours, which start on Saturday 28 May, will feature both Galway legend Joe Canning and Mayo legend Cora Statuon as well as a host of legends from across the GAA world. Bord Gáis Energy customers will get the exclusive opportunity to attend all tours throughout the summer. The full schedule and details of how to book your place on a tour can be viewed at crokepark.ie/legends

Picture credits: Sportsfile

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