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.”