Monday 20 November 2017

Waterford star Connors gets clean bill of health after Tipp challenge

Connors: Dismissed injury fears
Connors: Dismissed injury fears

Jackie Cahill

WATERFORD'S All Star corner-back Noel Connors has dismissed injury fears after last Sunday night's seven-point win over Tipperary in an inter-county SH challenge.

Connors (21) appeared to be carrying an injury as he left the Holycross/Ballycahill pitch, but assured Deise followers that his late substitution was down to nothing more serious than fatigue.

He had played an U-21 championship match with Passage the previous day, when his club overturned a six-point deficit with seven minutes left to beat Mount Sion by seven points, 3-11 to 0-13.

Connors lined out from the start against Tipperary, but was substituted in the closing minutes. "It was to give me a break. We'll have a few more challenge matches and training coming up, so I don't want to be burned out before the match against Limerick (June 12)," he said.

Connors also revealed that Richie Foley, who has been in high-scoring form from play and placed balls this year, is working his way back to fitness after the versatile Abbeyside star tore a hamstring against Offaly in early April. "Richie should be back in the next week or two. He'll be okay for Limerick," he said.

Connors will complete his third-year business studies course at Waterford IT with his final summer examination in Human Resources Management this afternoon.

Already this year, he was honoured with WIT's Business student of the year. And the double Harty Cup and Croke Cup medallist with De La Salle is conscious of bringing a similar work ethic to his studies. "The only way to look at it is take every day as it comes. If you look too far into the future, you'll put yourself on a downer," he said.

"The way things have gone with jobs, you have to make your own luck. Put your effort into study and you will get the results."

And Connors believes that Dublin's win in the recent Allianz NHL Division 1 final against Kilkenny will bring "a different dimension" to this year's championship, but he believes Kilkenny can bounce back.

"Dublin are bringing a different dimension to it with physicality and fitness," he said. "Kilkenny got the brunt of it, but their sights are set on September and they'll get back on track in Leinster. There's no better team to do that or no better manager than Brian Cody."

Irish Independent

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