Mahony recalls the horror of brother's horrific leg break
Waterford hurling star Pauric Mahony has described the horror injury that has ended his older brother Philip's season.
Philip Mahony sustained a broken leg and dislocated ankle on duty for Ballygunner against Ardmore in a Waterford SHC clash last Sunday.
One of Waterford's better players during the Allianz Hurling League campaign, he will play no part in the 2014 championship.
Pauric recalled: "It happened right in front of me, literally at my feet.
"He just got tangled up in Deccie Prendergast. I think Deccie might have fallen down on top of him. I knew straight away that something bad was after happening, the pain he was in."
Philip was later attended to by leading medic Tadhg O'Sullivan.
"It was a weird atmosphere around for the last 20 minutes," said Pauric. "We were winning fairly well at the time. He was gone after the game.
"But he was able to come home that evening. I was talking to him. It hadn't really set in what was after happening. It's only in the last few days when he saw us going back training with Waterford that he has been fairly down in himself."
Philip (23) and Pauric (21) are both Dublin-based and live together in the capital with Ballygunner clubmates Brian O'Sullivan and Barry Coughlan.
Due to the nature of his injury, Philip has been unable to return to St Benildus, where he is studying for a teaching higher diploma with Kilkenny star Walter Walsh and Tipperary's Noel McGrath.
Pauric added: "To be honest, I haven't even been talking to him (Philip) that much. He's not able to come back to Dublin at the moment.
"He was still doing assignments but he didn't have any exams, which isn't too bad. His leg was put in a cast and he's going to be a big loss.
"He was probably our most consistent player over the league but it's up to someone else to take a position and perform. That's what the squad is for.
"And I'd be confident that we have the players to come in. We have faith in our panel."