Wristy busi­ness

Irish Examiner - Sport - - ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL -

Tor­pey hur­leys will play a huge part in de­cid­ing to­mor­row’s win­ner. Whether Galway’s Cathal Man­nion slots the win­ning score or Lim­er­ick’s Sean Finn makes a cru­cial block, the hur­leys were crafted by Sean Tor­pey. Cathal’s brother Padraic, Gearóid Mcin­er­ney and Lim­er­ick’s Gearóid He­garty are some of the play­ers who will wield Tor­pey ash.

“It’s great for us to have a say this week­end and have play­ers from both sides us­ing our hur­leys. We’ve been work­ing with the Man­nion brothers for five years, so to see them take the field with our hur­leys is exciting,” said Sean, whose big­day prepa­ra­tion be­gan some time ago.

“Play­ers are so well pre­pared these days, Gearóid was here last Satur­day, but he was think­ing about a hurley for next Fe­bru­ary. All of the guys will have had the hur­leys they’re us­ing this week­end for a long time. They don’t like bring­ing new sticks to games and they hate switch­ing, they build a re­la­tion­ship with the hurley,” said Sean, who must adapt as the game evolves.

“Hur­leys have changed vastly since the nineties and the early 2000s. The game now is all about con­trol and pos­ses­sion-based, with very lit­tle ground hurl­ing, so the bas is get­ting much big­ger... be­cause when they’re run­ning at full speed there’s plenty of room for the slio­tar.

“Corner­backs and cor­ner-for­wards will use light­weight hur­leys, be­cause their game is more po­si­tio­nand move­ment-based, while mid­field­ers and wing-for­wards will be look­ing to have medium weight hur­leys for strik­ing the ball.”

James O’con­nor

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