It’s been a fraught week for Waterford hurlers called Eoin. The rumour mill was in overdrive the last few days suggesting that Eoin Kelly had taken umbrage at comments he received from Mount Sion players in a county championship match last weekend and had left the county panel. It seems that Davy Fitz has done his Ban Ki-moon thing and all is well:
Davy Fitzgerald appears to have averted a major crisis in Waterford hurling by persuading Eoin Kelly to remain a member of the squad, writes Colm keys.
Kelly trained with Waterford last night after a meeting with Fitzgerald earlier in the evening at which he signalled his intention to quit inter-county hurling.
The player is believed to have become disillusioned with the game in recent weeks and that feeling spiked after a club match at the weekend when he featured for Passage against his old club Mount Sion.
Rumours swept Waterford yesterday that Kelly was preparing to walk away, but his presence at training last night, confirmed to the Irish Independent by Waterford chairman Tom Cunningham, appears to have quelled all doubts.
Waterford sources said Fitzgerald was confident he could convince the prolific free-taker to stay.
To celebrate this momentous moment, let’s spin the Headline Generator Bottle. Waterford crash out of the Championship (you always ‘crash’ out): Kelly debacle sowed seeds of dissent. Waterford soar to All-Ireland glory: Kelly spat galvanised Déise troops. We’ll see which comes to pass in (hopefully) September.
On a less flippant note, Eoin Murphy has been released from hospital after suffering a fractured skull from an accidental blow while playing for Shamrocks against Abbeyside last Friday. How long it takes for him to get back on the hurling field should be the least of his concerns. Get well soon, Eoin.
At the time of writing, Eoin McGrath is presumed to be fit and well and preparing for the Limerick game.