Well ain’t that just typical. For the last three years I’ve had a job where I worked into the evening or night on two weeks out of three which made it unlikely I could make it to midweek matches in the Sports Field. Now that I work in a civilised 9-to-5, Monday-Friday kind of place, not one of Waterford’s Minor or Under-21 matches in either code was scheduled for Walsh Park. They’ll have to win it without my titanic presence in the stands.
Did I say ‘titanic’? I meant ‘geeky’. Easy mistake to make. The record above isn’t that bad when you take into account the four defeats in a row from 1976 to 1991, a period when we routinely sent teams armed with knives to a gunfight. Then lo! hurling started again in 1992 and the record since has been a respectable 6-4 to them, although they’ve beaten us in the last two Munster finals and spanked us on each occasion. They’ve had a great run at underage level in recent years. Can we drag ourselves to their level? We’re about to find out.
Update: pah, I needn’t have worried. We have a 100% record at Cusack Park. Two wins from two, and the previous win was in 2009 when we won the Munster title. The ‘reward’ for victory is to play Tipperary in Thurles, but Clare will have to beat (probably) Cork and (definitely) Limerick if they are to have another crack at us in the Munster final so it’s not easy for anyone. Final word on last night to the ever-perceptive Tomás McCarthy: