A HUGE BAT­TLE AWAITS

Hurlers face Derry in Christy Ring rel­e­ga­tion

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IF Wick­low hurl for the full 70 min­utes against Derry this week­end they can leave Páirc Esler free from the shack­les of a rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight with the Nicky Rackard Cup cham­pi­ons.

That’s the view of Wick­low boss Martin Storey who is frus­trated at the fact that his young hurlers haven’t found con­sis­tency this year so far.

“The only day we put 70 min­utes of hurl­ing to­gether was against Mayo over in Castle­bar. We have to get 70 min­utes of hurl­ing on Satur­day.

“If we had hurled for 70 min­utes the way we hurled for the open­ing half against Kil­dare we would have won. But we lost our way, our heads dropped.

“But th­ese are young guys and it takes a while for lads to get that in­ner be­lief within them. It’s a psy­cho­log­i­cal thing more than a phys­i­cal thing.

“There’s not per­form­ing and play­ing poorly but then there’s not per­form­ing and still play­ing well, still do­ing the bread and but­ter stuff, still hook­ing and block­ing and get­ting the passes away. It takes a while to get to that level.

“80 per cent of it is psy­cho­log­i­cal, 20 per cent is phys­i­cal. Ev­ery team can hurl, ev­ery team is fit, ev­ery team has a game plan.

“It’s how you han­dle all that un­der pres­sure. That’s what dif­fer­en­ti­ates the re­ally good player from the lad who is not han­dling it well,” he said.

At the spe­cial meet­ing for hurl­ing clubs held in Bal­li­nakill on Mon­day night, the meet­ing was told that only 13 Se­nior hurlers were at­tend­ing train­ing ahead of this rel­e­ga­tion clash with Derry on Satur­day. Martin Storey was quick to ex­plain the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion.

“We had 13 there, there were three in­jured, and about 12 or 13 do­ing ex­ams. They’re do­ing fi­nal years ex­ams. You can’t force lads’ hands. Their fi­nal ex­ams are for the rest of their lives,” he ex­plained.

Ahead of the clash with Derry there are two hear­ings sched­uled re­gard­ing the send­ings off of the Wick­low play­ers in the game against Kil­dare in Ark­low.

“We have some in­juries,” said Martin Storey. “Billy (Cud­dihy) has a bad dead leg but there are two hear­ings this week, on Thurs­day night, so we might have some en­forced changes,” he said. WICK­LOW GAA have wasted no time in find­ing a re­place­ment for the out­go­ing GDA Leighton Glynn who is pur­su­ing a ca­reer out­side of the GAA.

In a state­ment re­leased on Tues­day af­ter­noon, op­er­a­tions man­ager Dave Tutty an­nounced that Kil­te­gan’s Jonathan Tal­lon, a Lim­er­ick na­tive, and mem­ber of the Wick­low Se­nior camp, will be the man to re­place Leighton Glynn, with Tal­lon hav­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for hurl­ing only.

‘Wick­low GAA is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Jonathan Tal­lon as the new in­terim Games De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tor (GDA) with spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for hurl­ing within the county.

‘Fol­low­ing the re­cent de­ci­sion by Leighton Glynn to pur­sue a ca­reer out­side the GAA, our fo­cus has been on se­cur­ing a re­place­ment through the aus­pices of Le­in­ster GAA. We are pleased to say that we have sourced a can­di­date we be­lieve to be highly qual­i­fied, dy­namic, am­bi­tious and in­vested in hurl­ing in the County.

‘Jonathan has just com­pleted his BA (Hons) in Sports Man­age­ment and Coach­ing fol­low­ing on from a BA in Sport and Ex­er­cise (GAA) in IT Car­low.

‘Jonathan was a mem­ber of the suc­cess­ful Wick­low Un­der-21 All-Ire­land ‘B’ win­ning panel in 2015 and con­tin­ues to play at the high­est level.

‘Jonathan’s role will be for an in­terim pe­riod of six months and will in­volve work­ing closely with hurl­ing clubs around the county and sup­port­ing hurl­ing de­vel­op­ment in pri­mary and post pri­mary schools.

‘Leighton has been a mag­nif­i­cent ser­vant to Wick­low hurl­ing and foot­ball both on and off the field for many years and we are acutely aware of the chal­lenges of re­plac­ing such a high pro­file fig­ure.

‘We are con­fi­dent how­ever, that in Jonathan, we have found an ad­mirable re­place­ment,’ the state­ment read.

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