Saturday 22 July 2017

Dublin star Jack McCaffrey back in action... to win club hurling final

Martin Grant

Dublin star Jack McCaffrey was back in action over the weekend – but this time swinging a hurley instead of booting a ball.

The GAA ace missed this year’s championship after he decided to travel to Ethiopia with charity Goal. He originally intended to travel to the USA on a J1, but the medical student said he couldn’t refuse the opportunity of travelling to Africa.

After spending the summer working abroad, the Dubliner was in flying form yesterday on the pitch, where he lined out for his club, Clontarf.

McCaffrey helped his side to a stunning 4-12 to 1-10 win against the Wild Geese in the Junior Championship E Final.

Looking in comfortable form, the UCD student said that he was enjoying being home.

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25 Sept 2016: Jack McCaffrey, left, Clontarf, celebrates with team-mate Chris Geoghean after the final whistle. Dublin Junior E Hurling Championship final, Wild Geese v Clontarf. Parnell's GAA club, Coolock, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“I’m back now and four weeks into college,” the GAA star told the Herald.

“I’m getting back into the swing of things.”

McCaffrey said that working in Africa wasn’t an easy ride.

“It was tough, but it was fantastic. There was a bit of travelling involved, but it was good craic.

“I’m glad to be back now and keeping the head down.”

Despite putting his name on yesterday’s score sheet, the modest athlete said that he would be sticking to football.

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25 Sept 2016: Jack McCaffrey, left, Clontarf, in action against Dara O'Brien, Wild Geese. Dublin Junior E Hurling Championship final, Wild Geese v Clontarf. Parnell's GAA club, Coolock, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“I wouldn’t be much of a hurler,” he said.

Although he will be cheering on the Dubs when they take to Croke Park later this week for the All-Ireland replay, McCaffrey wouldn’t be drawn on his thoughts ahead of the match.

Clontarf hurling manager Kevin Collins said that McCaffrey’s cameo appearance went down a treat with the young players.

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25 Sept 2016: Clontarf team celebrate their win (Jack McCaffrey (4) front). Dublin Junior E Hurling Championship final, Wild Geese v Clontarf. Parnell's GAA club, Coolock, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“He’s genuinely a top-class sports and club man,” Mr Collins said after the game.

“Parents have come up to me after the match and said that it was fantastic that younger players were able to play alongside Jack McCaffrey.”

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