Take it to the limit

You try to be kind. They’re all amateurs, none of them are getting paid for it, they’re clearly the best we have to offer, you couldn’t hurl snow off a rope so it’s not for you to judge those who can. This is doubly true of underage teams. They’re only young fellas. Don’t be mean.

But when a team manages four scores in sixty minutes of hurling, you’ve got to wonder what they are at. The training, the motivation, the preparation, the selection – some or all of these things must have been radically wrong for the Waterford Under-21’s to take such a beatdown from Cork last night.

The alternative is that they are the best and that the selection pool is not good enough to give Cork even a half-decent game. And we know which of those choices is the less palatable.