Carrick Davins GAA Club

Founded 1922

Co. Tipperary

Sit down with RICHIE MCGRATH

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*Positions Played?

Every position on the field from in goal to left corner forward. I mainly played in the half back line or midfield

*Favourite game played?

Has to be the 2010 “El Carricko” Davins vs Swan senior from the few weeks build up to the match itself it was a cracker

*Club players you looked up too growing up?

Val Cronin was my hero, there my earliest memories growing up I never see him get outplayed or outfought and as I got older it was Paul Tobin two of the very best to wear the Red & White

*Best players you played with?

Club - I played with some hurlers in our club but Lee Mackey is in a league of own some man!

Skill-wise has to be Mikey Cronin unbelievable wrists in tight spaces, so quick, he could hurl in a cupboard.

County - Again I played with some of Tipps all time greats underage but Brendan Maher stands out

*Best memory playing?

Scoring the winning point in the Munster Minor final in 2003 in simple stadium (getting mileage out of it) is the standout memory but winning anything with the club is the best feeling

*what player trained the hardest from any squad you were part of?

Have to say Pa Skiggs, never ever misses a session and never ever gives in or gives up, don’t think I ever see the man tire in me life he’s some machine

*Favourite pitch to play on?

Was lucky enough to play in Croke Park twice but nothing beats Semple Stadium.

Club grounds I just love hurling out the Davin Park it’s as good as any field around

*Name one goal you have before you retire?

Had one goal last year to attempt to play out field for my last year but was ravaged by injuries again! During this lockdown ya realise how much you would miss the hurlin and trainin with the boys so that hunger have me eyeing up the goal just to win one more south or whatever on the field of play before I hang up the hurley for good

*Name one change you would bring into hurling?

I like the idea of 2 points for a sideline it’s some skill but the downside is every sideline would be a shot and most attempts be wasted but overall I’d change nothing

*One piece of advice you Would give to your younger self?

Always have the hurley in your hand, hurling is a skill based game and to have complete control over the hurley it needs to be in your hand “hurling skill is something you use or loose” I was once told and it has always stuck with me. Always give 110% no matter what, it’s the only thing you can control whether you give and exhibition or get a roasting the effort should never change

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