Sunday 20 October 2019

Waters won't be with hurlers in 2016

Brendan Furlong

Daithi Waters  will not be playing inter-county Senior hurling in 2016.

The St. Martin’s dual star, who opted for hurling last year, having played Senior inter-county football over the previous eight seasons, will not be part of Liam Dunne’s 2016 squad.

Despite it being his first season at this level of hurling, Waters managed to force his way into Dunne’s starting 15 for the championship.

With the respective managers unable to accommodate the idea of having dual players, Waters decided to concentrate solely on hurling for 2015, opting out of the football set-up.

It has been something of a mixed bag for the big midfielder as his outstanding displays at club level have been for the Senior footballers despite their final loss to St. James’.

When the hurling squad met up on Saturday morning for fitness assessments, Waters was not present.

While football manager, David Power, said last week he had not spoken to Waters, he will now be taking a more hands-on approach in hoping to have him return to his squad as they plan a way out of Division 4.

Another player to depart from the inter-county hurling scene is Buffers Alley defender, Ciarán Kenny. Ciarán, who has been dogged by recurring injuries over the past few seasons, has decided to retire from the inter-county scene, having given some sterling service to Wexford hurling. His experience will be missed in the squad as he was an ideal role model for the younger players coming through.

It’s also believed that Oulart-The Ballagh attacker, Garrett Sinnott, has also decided to call time on his inter-county career, having played through the pain barrier for both club and county this year.

He joins his clubmate Rory Jacob in retirement.

However, it’s not all about change in the hurling set-up as Matthew O’Hanlon will continue as team captain for the third successive season.

O’Hanlon has had an outstanding season with his club, St. James’, whom he helped to a first-ever county Senior football title, while he was on the side which lost out by a point to Monageer-Boolavogue in Saturday’s Top Oil Intermediate ‘A’ hurling final.

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