Good Earth had only been swept by one team this season heading into Sunday's Quigley Cup semifinal. And that team was today's opponent: Goose.
Whatever amount of statistical analysis and pre-game speeches happened for this game, nothing could take the place of well-executed fundamental hurling. Good Earth jumped out ahead using the advantage of Tristan playing at full-forward, which forced Ciaran Connery to stay put at his position for once. Six hurlers added to the total for the brown brigade.
Goose put up their usual great fight. Breaths were held in the final minute when, down one score, the blue bombers gained possession and looked to be within scoring range. However, great defense by Good Earth's staunch backs and Joey in goal left them wanting.
A contender all year, Goose was eliminated by a slim margin by the team that had finally shed a monkey off its back. And had one more to go....