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.