Team news – tales of the unexpected

The team for Sunday has been announced and it contains three changes, one obvious and two, er, less so:

Clinton Hennessy
Darragh Fives Jerome Maher Noel Connors
Tony Browne Michael Walsh Kevin Moran
Stephen Molumphy Richie Foley
Eoin McGrath Shane O’Sullivan Pauric Mahony
John Mullane Shane Walsh Brian O’Sullivan

Richie Foley was always likely to come back. But Eoin McGrath? ‘Spanky’ hit some high notes during 2008, but other than that season he’s never entirely convinced and seemed to have fallen out of favour having only made one Championship start in 2009. Yet here he is, a slightly unnerving comment on the lack of forward talent in Waterford / the stubbornness of the management team [delete as applicable]. But at least he has started twenty-seven Championship matches for Waterford and made another fourteen appearances as a sub – yes, I have counted. Jerome Maher, on the other hand, has never struck a ball for the Senior team in summer hurling – yes, I have not counted. There can’t be any way he is going to start at full-back. One must assume that Davy has finally succumbed to the temptation to put Michael Walsh in there with Maher going into the corner and Fives filling the space left by Moran when he moves into centre-back. It’s as radical a move as picking McGrath is conservative. Let’s hope he’s gotten that balance right.

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