Canning plays down storm over Cody’s frosty greeting to Shefflin

Joe Canning believes Brian Cody was merely being his ‘ruthless’ self when he mounted Henry Shefflin with an icy stare and frosty handshake in Salthill.

Cody lower a annoyed determine instantly after Kilkenny’s slender Leinster SHC defeat to Shefflin’s Galway, sealed by a Conor Cooney level from a controversial free awarded towards the Cats.

“There is a lot being made of it,” stated former Galway captain Canning of the awkward second between two previous allies. “What would you like him to do, like, be pally pally and smiling away? I don’t assume Kilkenny individuals could be pleased with that if he was.

“He misplaced a sport within the final second to a rating, I wouldn’t be too pleased dropping a sport both in that circumstance. I feel it’s a bit blown out of proportion, it’s what it’s and I don’t assume Brian or Henry will lose any sleep over it.

“I feel they’ll in all probability be laughing at the entire thing. Yeah, I don’t assume it’s a lot. I’d be extra nervous if it was all pally pally after dropping.

“Brian is a winner, there isn’t any doubt about it. It was usually stated to me earlier than once I was taking part in, one other inter-county supervisor stated to me, ‘Nice guys win f-all’. So it’s a must to be ruthless.

“He did not win all those All-Irelands with Kilkenny being a nice guy and it was a difficult situation obviously with the history of coaching Henry and Henry being up against his native county so, it is what it is. He lost a championship game, that’s life. I would not read too much into it.”

Galway’s Tom Monaghan was deemed to have been fouled by Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan for the decisive late free, a harsh name within the eyes of Sunday Recreation pundits Derek McGrath and Shane Dowling. Each of them agreed that Deegan took ‘man, ball and all’, which ought to have been okay.

“I found it hilarious that . . . now I didn’t see the Sunday Game, I don’t really watch it, but I heard it back that Shane Dowling and Derek McGrath said it wasn’t a free because he got ‘man, ball and all’,” stated Canning on the launch of the 2022 Bord Gais Power GAA Legends Tour sequence.

“If you get the man, is that not a free? It didn’t make sense what they were saying to me. Any time you go through the back of a player it was a free, to be straight up about it.”

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