Michael Duignan Takes Aim at the Waterford Hurlers

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The former Offaly hurler Michael Duignan was speaking on the RTE Hurling podcast this week and has questioned the bottle of the Waterford hurlers and can they perform under pressure.

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“One thing that has concerned me, even when they’re going well, is their decision-making under pressure is not good.

They take the wrong option. Even the likes of Aussie [Gleeson] going back 130 yards to take a free, or taking a line ball from 90 yards, and putting it wide.

These are the types of things that shouldn’t happen but are continually happening. Grand when things are going well…

Then when the pressure comes on; there was pressure on the last day to win and it didn’t happen. There’s been pressure on a couple of times over the last few years, and they don’t respond well to it.

That’s something maybe psychological…

Liam Cahill put them under a fair bit of pressure (before the Cork game). He said it was the biggest game in his time with Waterford – they didn’t respond to that.

I thought it was really clever management. I said to myself, ‘He’s really putting them under the spotlight. He’s not worried about what Cork bring, or what happens anywhere else, or what anybody else does in another other match. We win this match and we’re going through out of Munster’.

It didn’t work and that has to be worrying. You don’t know how they’re going to be on Sunday mentally.”

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2 Comments

  1. 100% right. The Austin Gleeson example is spot on and he’s typical of Waterford. He has every skill but a really poor decision maker in the shots he takes on when the real pressure comes on. And then he has a habit of doing something silly and picking up cards.

    Waterford are the Mayo of hurling. Probably worse in that they have more talent.

    To cap it all off Derek McGrath behaved like a giddy school girl after the league win. He combined arrogance with idiocy. John Mullane is as bad. Shut up and do your talking on the pitch when it matters in championship.

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