But Nemo’s wins had an average winning margin of over seven points and if there’s a tendency to remember games differently when the kingpins lose, well this game had something else to it as well.
By the way, there was a subplot on their opponents here. I remember there being a lot of talk in the lead-up about how playing a sweeper was not the Nemo way of doing things, that Nemo were going to go with a man-marker for Hurley, who was ripping up defences with club and county by this stage really and had already torn Nemo apart for 0-8 and 2-5 in two round one games in Bandon so they can’t say they weren’t warned, and trust themselves to deliver.
Point two, a Mark Collins diagonal dink pass bounced into his chest and he didn’t even need to lose his man with a movement, one turn over his shoulder and a left-foot finish. Point three, a long high ball that Hurley leaped in the air to get a touch down to Mark Collins, who ran past, and then fed Hurley on the loop for a lovely combination score.
It’s a sensational snapshot of a player in that unstoppable form like someone had switched to a different power mode on a computer game and everybody else was playing on normal mode.
It generally did and it was something to see Nemo being overwhelmed in the end by one player’s excellence, where you could have believed anything was possible for the 21-year-old Hurley.