Waterford selector Dan Shanahan 'attacked' by politician at a funeral over Deise team tactics
The level of hype surrounding Waterford hurling is immense and this anecdote sums up the level of pressure on Derek McGrath and backroom team.
Victory in last year's National League, a narrow defeat to Kilkenny in last August's All-Ireland semi-final replay and a facile All-Ireland under 21 success has ramped up expectations.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner today, McGrath revealed how his selector Dan Shanahan, was accosted at a funeral last year over team selection.
"Dan told me he was at a funeral last year and a well-known political figure attacked him over a player being on the team and somebody else not being on it. Dan tried to tell him, 'I'm at a funeral here'," he said.
"We don’t offer our opinions too much on politics or matters of the day. Obviously, you link yourself to charitable things to boost their profiles but it’s open season in sports. I don’t feel taken for granted but I do in my own paranoia. We’re just interested in getting better every time we go to the field."
Waterford take on Clare tomorrow at Fraher Field in the Munster Senior League.