Posted by Shane Stapleton
Tuesday 4 June 2013
Antrim’s clash with Monaghan this weekend — and the Farney men’s totalitarian relationship over the Saffrons — got us wondering how many will predict an upset or will some classic GAA hoodoos remain. While we're jogging your memory, why not also try our Weekly Quiz to win tickets to a match of your choice?
When Monaghan beat Antrim by 3-15 to 0-13 in their League clash in Clones on April 7, the odds on a win for Frank Dawson’s men springing a surprise at Casement Park this weekend became all the longer.
Because with Monaghan winning the last five Ulster championship meetings in a row between the sides going back as far as 1983, it means Antrim’s last provincial triumph in this fixture was in the 1970 semi-final when they ran out 2-10 to 1-8 winners.
Form would suggest that there is unlikely to be an upset: Monaghan were promoted and won the Division 3 title (Played 8, Won 6, Lost 2) while Antrim (Played 7, Won 1, Drew 2, Lost 4) were relegated to Division 4. But a hoodoo is there to be broken, as Westmeath showed when they put four consecutive losses against Louth bed in the first round of the championship last year.
CORK’S CROKE PARK HOODOO
The Rebels might have won their share of Munster titles in recent seasons but the Croke Park hoodoo with Kerry has yet to be banished. Let’s look at how the Kingdom have built up this psychological edge over the past decade or so.
A hoodoo of the highest order, and one that strangely only manifests itself in Dublin.
TRIBE WON’T TRAVEL
Galway’s woes run quite deep and past players have come out lamenting the structures within the county since that 17-point defeat at the hands of Mayo recently. The glory of 2001 seems a long time ago now and the list below points out how much unsuccessful the county has been since last lifting the Sam Maguire 12 seasons ago.
Galway’s form has been so poor that they have unable to even once get to Croke Park through the qualifier system; on each occasion that they have each GAA HQ for the All-Ireland series, it has been because they were Connacht champions in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008.
Defeat awaited each time and, at this stage, 12 years is quite the mental barrier to break down, never mind the physical ones.
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