Chin shines on double date
Wexford dual star turns focus on replay with Dublin after all-action weekend
BY the time the whistle went in Drogheda on Sunday, Lee Chin finished his weekend unbeaten but battered.
The Wexford dual player played the final 42 minutes of the hurlers' draw with Dublin on Saturday evening and the following afternoon survived the energy-sapping heat in Drogheda for over an hour as the footballers advanced to a Leinster semi-final. There was also a 400km round trip to contend with, that also included a visit to RTE for an appearance on 'The Sunday Game'.
The Sarsfields player is a man in demand, having already lined out for the county's U-21 football and hurling sides this year, while he also left behind a career in the League of Ireland after a stint with Waterford United.
When he joined the rest of the Wexford squad in a recovery session at the beach on Saturday evening, his thoughts had already turned to football and his date with Louth 12 hours later.
"It is obviously a challenge," Chin agreed. "The challenge is to keep up the intensity. Basically how I get through it is just by trying to take plenty of food and fluids on board and get a bit of physiotherapy to keep yourselves right. It's good the way I work around it and hopefully it'll keep me going for a while."
Chin is the latest player to compete at the top level in both codes. Laois' Cahir Healy recently threw his lot in with the county's hurlers, saying that playing both codes was "doable" but you "wouldn't reach your potential" in either sport. Eoin Cadogan has opted for football in Cork. In Wexford, football captain Redmond Barry played both games for a period.
Chin's weekend could have been even more hectic. He was named in the hurling team released last week but admitted he knew in advance he wouldn't be included from the start against the Dubs. And he conceded that his pursuit of both codes might mean he has to be prepared to spend some time on the bench.
"The management have their options, they'll decide whether I'm ready or not, if I'm fit or if I'm too tired," he said. "I'm happy when they talk to me about that kind of stuff. We can be honest with each other about it. It's about being honest and seeing what you can bring on the day.
"I was speaking to (Redmond) last year about it, not so much this year. He just always told me that if I wanted to do it, do it. Give it your best shot and don't let anyone tell you what to do. I took his advice on that."
Chin's commitment to both causes has been impressive. In February, when the footballers saw their league clash with Armagh at the Athletic Grounds postponed, Chin made the dash south to Enniscorthy, where he featured as a sub for Liam Dunne's hurlers in the Walsh Cup final defeat to Dublin.
And with the hurlers' replay set for Saturday night at Parnell Park (throw-in 7.0), Chin is already talking about finishing the job they started last Saturday.
"We're going up there to their ground but we're well confident," he said. "We got a bit of spirit back in the team, a bit of belief around the county, so we're happy to go up there. They beat us by 16 points in the league and, you know, it's a big turnaround to pull a draw out of the hat.
"We were well ahead, though, so we were disappointed that they got away with a draw too. We thought we let it slip. Hopefully we can do the business. Wexford hurling has been down the last couple of years. To get a bit of pride back in the team and in the county was great. We love it.
"Hopefully now we can keep it this way, keep up the good performances and drive it on."