You Know You Are A Junior Hurler When.....

1. You spend all winter on the beer speculating on who will be brought  in to manage the junior hurling team  nextyear

2. The hardest tackle you will make all year is in an indoor soccermatch in January

3. When you break your borther-in-law's leg

4. There are 35 at training under lights on a bitter February night(unfit but enthusiastic) - the average for Augsut is 7 (unfit, sick oftraining and making silage)

5. The club treasurer spends some time at the AGM lamenting the yearlycost of running a club and especially the bill for hurleys; a monthlater, the team is being urged to "give 'em timber lads - we haveplenty of hurleys on the sideline..."

6. When you go for a pick-up, you tap the ball at least twice on thehurley before you fumble it

7. Ground hurling is for juveniles and camogie players

8. The full forward has his son and grand nephew in the corners

9. The grand nephew is two years older

10. For a 2.30 throw-in, you start packing your gearbag at 2.40 andstill manage to be on the field before the refereeeven arrives

11. You can get a match called off because your star player is playingdivisional under-16 the following week

12. Your tight marking corner back never gives an inch - except ofcourse, when the ball gets inside his own 50 andhe charges out afterit with all the other backs,forgetting that the other team are evenon the field

13. Your goalie lets in a sitter every second game - this usuallyhappens after you have scored 5 points from play toreel in adifficult half-time deficit

14. Or in the first minute if it is a final

15. Your full-forward can't score but "he's a good man to bust up theplay"

16. Your centre-forward can't score either but "he'll stop a good manfrom hurling"

17. Your championship is either a round robin that requires you toplay six league games to eliminate one team, or a

      knockout starting inOctober

18. Any members of your panel that claim to have back injuries areeither lazy or completely daft - unless you can

      see blood, bruises orbandages, they are making it up

19. Before every match, the forwards are told to stay wide and notbunch- but this is not what happens. The only time any forward goes wide isto take a sideline cut
       or if they are looking for water
20. Your backs play from behind waving a hurley with one hand whilstresting the other on the forward's back - this iswhy all your scoresand all their scores come from frees

21. You can't field a team during the fortnight of the Leaving Cert

22. Your star player always has one other brother "that was evenbetter but he couldn't stay off the drink"

23. Your left-corner-back plays at No.4 because he can only strike offhis left side

24. Ditto No.7

25. The more people instruct you to "let fly if you don't get it upthe first time", the more you ignore them.

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