Monday 18 December 2017

Inside Back: Where are they now?

Mick Jacob, former Wexford hurler
Mick Jacob, former Wexford hurler

Mick Jacob (Former Wexford hurler)

When Mick Jacob finally hung up his boots, he was 56 years old. He'd spent most of his life hurling and enjoyed every minute of it.

His career began with Oulart-The Ballagh. The catchment area is small with approximately 200 families and hurling is more than just a hobby. Of course being successful helps – the club has won eight county titles in the last nine years.

However, they weren't always winning titles. Jacob hurled with the senior team for over three decades, competed in several county finals but never won any of them.

He was playing in goals for the junior team by the time he was 16. They won the county junior title in 1967 and a year later followed it up with an intermediate title sending them into the senior ranks. Although he started out in goals and won an All-Ireland under 21 title with Wexford there, he moved around the field from corner-forward to centre-back. He could play anywhere.

His Wexford senior career started in 1967 and continued on until 1984. His first game was against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and the years flew by after that. Jacob won one All-Ireland title, four Leinster titles and a National League medal.

He was also Wexford's first All Star award winner and won three in total.

The former hurler is a farmer and is still heavily involved in his club; he currently manages several underage teams and over the years has been at the helm of teams of all grades in the club.

His two sons, Rory and Michael, are Wexford stars as are as his two daughters, Ursula and Helena. Today Rory and Michael will play against Mount Leinster Rangers in the Leinster club hurling final.

"It's a 50/50 game when you get into a Leinster final," says Jacob. "There is no easy game won, no matter who you are playing. What you do on the day is all that matters."

His sons have experienced phenomenal success with the club. They have 17 senior titles between them. His daughters have won nine each.

Jacob credits the work done at underage for this consistency at senior level.

He is currently rehearsing for 'Strictly Come Dancing', a fundraiser for the club, which will be held in February.

Quote of the week

'I don't know what the younger lads think of me. When I was 17 or 18, I thought 31 was ancient. Here I am at 40'

– Ryan Giggs never thought he'd still be playing when he was past ancient

Number of the week

3 - The number of tries scored by Cora Staunton for Castlebar in their win over Canterbury Warriors. Better known for her scoring exploits with the Mayo ladies footballers, Staunton captained the team to their their first Connacht League title

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