John Mullen: May I draw your attention – can the real Galway please stand up?

That iconic line from American rapper Eminem comes to mind when you think about what Henry Sheflin is up to in Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC quarterfinal clash against Cork in Thurles: Can the real Galway please stand up?

Here’s a fascinating quote in Henry’s autobiography that details the late BR Damien Brennan’s visits after the shock Leinster’s eventual defeat of Kilkenny to Galway in 2012 and the mental effort that was required to bring him back to previous heights. Were.

He questioned whether his best days in black and amber were behind him but, lo and behold, it was Henry who later pulled him through the second half of that year’s drawn All-Ireland final and eventually to third. Wounded as Hurler of the Year. Time.

Henry was willing to go to any lengths to be the best and it remains to be seen whether the winning mentality is instilled in Galway. We all know how Henry reacts to losing as a player, but how will the side he manages respond to adversity?

He can lead a horse to water, but he cannot make them drink water. Henry will be banking on the level of training and expertise his players have accumulated in recent weeks, but it is now up to him.

As a player I always knew how I would have reacted if I was in his place, but when I was part of a management team you would be helpless. I would say he worries about how his troops will react, will they shrink or will they fly higher?

Leinster will be hard-pressed after the final no-show and will want no sign of a repeat of last year’s disappointing first half against Waterford after a lame performance against Dublin that signaled the end. their heat.

They have to wonder if last year’s marks are still there, ignore the two weeks ago, and the absence of leaders against Kilkenny is another concern. Too many payers finally threw in the towel and Galway just needs to stand up.

His forward has to press the button of destruction tomorrow. The employees are there, but they need a lot more from Cathal Manion, Brian Concannon, Joseph Cooney, Connor Cooney, and others when the chips are really down.

Will Henry continue with Manion in the free role? If he does, you can be sure that Niall O’Leary will make it to the Leinster finals as Mickey Butler and he’ll follow him everywhere, just as he’s successfully done with Austin Gleeson and Tony Kelly in the past.

Will Jason Flynn start? Where has Ivan Niland gone? Could there be any chance for a genius like Donal O’Shea? Brian Cody always tinkered after a loss and it would be interesting to see if his star pupils do the same, while the absence of experienced hands like Niall Burke and Adrian Tuhey is being felt a lot now.

The story of this season is that Munster is far stronger than Leinster and that three Munster sides will make it to the All-Ireland semi-finals, but this is dangerous thinking for Cork and Claire.

Cork are in a great position after putting up a turbo in the second half against Antrim and Kieran Kingston will be happy with how his forward is humming, especially with great form from bigwigs Conor Lehane and Seamus Harnady.

The task of marking Conor Whelan is huge for Cork and it will surely come down to either Rob Downey or Damien Kahlane. If that duel is won or even halved, they will be well into the last four.

The Rebels may have trembled at the thought of playing Limerick again six weeks ago, but now they are eager to make some mistakes. The only way to get the treaty is to first pass it on to the tribals and they should simply shadow it.

The second game has the potential to be another cracker with Claire and Wexford seemingly unable to avoid each other. Banner resembles Wexford’s Kryptonite in which Brian Lohan’s men win the last two meetings.

They won’t need to be reminded of last season’s Summer Clash, where Wexford had a slow start, but having Peter Dugan and Rory Hayes available and knowing they’ll be featuring from an early stage is huge.

That bias has been quashed in the beginning, but the disciplinary system really needs to be looked at. And if John Keenan was touted for his excellent refereeing performance in the Munster decider, the system really is completely broken.

Claire’s has kicked off another level since last year, but it’s still an alarming prospect. Everyone is talking about another meeting with Limerick, but there are a lot of odds to be played before that and Lohan wouldn’t want Claire to fall into the same trap as my own county, Waterford.

Darragh Egan will feel like Wexford is about to win against Claire and a piece of luck and will not be afraid of the act of taking down the banner. They are in favor of a draw without Limerick, so why shouldn’t they dare dream about making it their first All-Ireland final since going all the way in 1996?

The Vexicans are in good health after back-to-back victories and with Lee Chin and Rory O’Connor in scintillating form, they have everything to play for.

However, it is almost impossible to overestimate the influence of Tony Kelly. He really hurt Wexford in recent meetings, but Damien Rake is the man for the job and putting him on three or four points is a success against a player of a generation. His best.

Diarmuid O’Keeffe’s sweeper role will be crucial in negating Duggan & Co. goalscoring opportunities that could make or break this competition, while the use of chins in his interchangeable role from midfield to full-forward gives Claire some serious Will ask questions

Lohan has actually made a proper panel to see Claire Head in July, however, and with talk of Aidan McCarthy’s return on the horizon, Banner will get the job done and set a mouth-watering semi-final date with the cats. . ,