Thursday 19 April 2018

Charity hurling match in Newbridge a real highlight

Martin Storey. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Martin Storey. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

One of the highlights of the year took place last Tuesday evening in St Conleth's Park in Newbridge when I played in a charity hurling match, 'Hurling for Cancer' organised by well-known racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Davy Russell in aid of Cancer Research.

Jim had asked me down over the last couple of years and between one thing and another I could never make it. But this time I was delighted to be able to play and I was privileged to be on the same pitch as some of the best hurlers to have played the game as well as some of the stars of today.

delighted I was playing with Jim's team and when I went into the dressing room and I was delighted when I sat between two greats in Kilkenny pair Tommy Walsh and Charlie Carter. But that delight soon turned to fear when I was handed the number five jersey by Liam Griffin. He looked at me and told me he wanted me to do a job on one of Wexford's greatest, Martin Storey.

We had great craic over the next hour or so and, as it turned out, we won the game, despite some poor calls from the officials (the performances of Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Cyril Farrell were proof that two referees will never work in the GAA).

It turned out to be a great night for fundraising too with over 4,000 people there to support the event which is in its sixth year and looks like it will go from strength to strength in the future.

And as for my contest with Storey, well let's just say he didn't sleep too well that night!



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