Whilst watching Kilkenny v Galway on Sunday in the Leinster final I witnessed what can only be described as a moment of sheer genius, where Joe Canning caught the sliotar with his left hand, surrounded by three Kilkenny defenders, pirouetted to his right and scored a phenomenal goal whilst still turning. It got me thinking how Joe Canning has reached this pinnacle in his career to not only attempt but to score one of the most audacious and outrageous goals in the modern game.
Joe Canning is obviously full of belief in his own capabilities to even attempt such an audacious goal. He constantly parades around the park with an air of total confidence in everything he does on the pitch.
Professional soccer players often train in the morning and have their evenings free. However GAA is an amateur sport where players go to work in the morning and most evenings are spent travelling to and from training sessions, leaving very little family time. This level of commitment for both club and county is essential if you want to reach the pinnacle of your career.
3. Being a team player
Joe refers to his fellow team mates as his best friends and the closeness of a team unit is critical to success. When you are comfortable and happy with your support network, it makes it easier to attempt the audacious.
Although Galway failed to outsmart or outstrategise the hurling genius of Brian Cody, Joe Canning’s goal will go down in the annals of GAA history as one of the most spectacular goals ever scored.