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Replying To Afinestick96:  "Im very nervous about this game Viking. Its vital we get off to a good start and keep control of the game. We cant allow Carlow get their tails up like Saturday"
The game has Fyffes written all over it on blue oval labels

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12777 - 15/05/2024 14:28:07    2544931

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Replying To Wexican55:  "Tension is the perfect term.

But forwarned is forarmed as the saying goes.

Carlow will come at us like a train. Awhile ago I wrote this team lacked an identity to what we were. Against galway I saw an identity. A team that hassles on the front foot. A team that doesn't allow the other team to breathe.

Intensity is the key word for sunday if we bring the same intensity and doggedness we did against Galway we have a good chance. Anything less than that we are in trouble.

Cian Byrne is a massive loss. As he is pure intensity to borrow a soccer term " he leads the press""
Problem with replacing him with Casey is that we will then have 3 inside forwards who don't really do that if Mac and Chin play inside him.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12777 - 15/05/2024 14:30:11    2544932

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Interesting show this week in the Wexford hurling podcast, the Mount Leinster Rangers guy made some great points.

wexford2012 (Wexford) - Posts: 73 - 15/05/2024 14:51:17    2544934

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Replying To Fulgrim:  "When do we ever quietly and professionally take care of business? You can't say we weren't warned about Antrim either, especially after being caught by Westmeath last year. I definitely have far more confidence in a performance and result against Kilkenny than Carlow. As mad as that is to say, I'm seriously worried about the weekend."
I have the exact same feelings.

I think we need to get a good start and just not let them settle at all.

Doylerwex (Wexford) - Posts: 2879 - 15/05/2024 15:12:13    2544940

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Not about us as in Wexford, but a great read all the same-
https://carlow-nationalist.ie/2024/05/15/concrete-seats-false-dawns-and-hurling-pyramids/

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12777 - 15/05/2024 15:17:29    2544941

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Replying To Viking66:  "Problem with replacing him with Casey is that we will then have 3 inside forwards who don't really do that if Mac and Chin play inside him."
Dwyer for Byrne and Casey for Dunbar

OpenStandWall (Wexford) - Posts: 109 - 15/05/2024 15:27:32    2544947

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Replying To OpenStandWall:  "Dwyer for Byrne and Casey for Dunbar"
Dwyer for Byrne would work, but if you have him there you will be losing his workrate around the half forward line. For me if Seamus is to come into the side it has to be instead of Mac.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12777 - 15/05/2024 16:16:31    2544958

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Replying To Viking66:  "Not about us as in Wexford, but a great read all the same-
https://carlow-nationalist.ie/2024/05/15/concrete-seats-false-dawns-and-hurling-pyramids/"
Brilliant read. Nearly in tears myself.

That quite succinctly optimises what our games mean to us.

What are your own favourite memories Viking?

In no particular order are mine:

Tipp 07. John Meyler did great things, but we'd just been bet out the gate by Kilkenny. The Kilkenny crowd were delighted for us.

Kilkenny 04. Nobody gave us a chance even within the county.

Cork 03. Written off completely. Remains the best game I've ever seen bar none.

Clare 14. After all Liam Dunnes work we were back. The first time my young family saw us do anything.

Kilkenny 19. In spite of his flaws I'm forever grateful to Davy.

Galway 17. We lost, but the return to croke park was almost a religious experience. Marty Morrissey described it as spiritual on the commentary.

Kilkenny 23. A very different reason, but genuinely moving in the stand. You could feel the whole place willing them over the line. The connection with the players and support that day was vintage Wexford.

The 90s were obviously amazing but teams respected us then. We were a top team.

The others were each significant in that we were written off as a poor reflection of our former selves.

Hurling is a way of life lads. Those days are honestly some of the happiest of my life.

Doylerwex (Wexford) - Posts: 2879 - 15/05/2024 16:20:28    2544959

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "Brilliant read. Nearly in tears myself.

That quite succinctly optimises what our games mean to us.

What are your own favourite memories Viking?

In no particular order are mine:

Tipp 07. John Meyler did great things, but we'd just been bet out the gate by Kilkenny. The Kilkenny crowd were delighted for us.

Kilkenny 04. Nobody gave us a chance even within the county.

Cork 03. Written off completely. Remains the best game I've ever seen bar none.

Clare 14. After all Liam Dunnes work we were back. The first time my young family saw us do anything.

Kilkenny 19. In spite of his flaws I'm forever grateful to Davy.

Galway 17. We lost, but the return to croke park was almost a religious experience. Marty Morrissey described it as spiritual on the commentary.

Kilkenny 23. A very different reason, but genuinely moving in the stand. You could feel the whole place willing them over the line. The connection with the players and support that day was vintage Wexford.

The 90s were obviously amazing but teams respected us then. We were a top team.

The others were each significant in that we were written off as a poor reflection of our former selves.

Hurling is a way of life lads. Those days are honestly some of the happiest of my life."
Just going through the ones you put up Tipp 07 was the swansong of what could've been a great Wexford team. We should've won the u21 AI against Limerick at the start of the Millennium. 2017 then 2019 felt like the start of something. Just didn't happen for us yet. 03 was a great game, with a great finish. 04 indescribable. 23 relief. Clare 14 was great, Nowlan Park was also good in 14. Beating Cork for the 1st time in a Championship game in 60 years in 16 was great too, although Cork were dreadful.
01 semi was a great comeback we'd of won if the game had of lasted 10 seconds longer, shame we don't generally do well in replays, except 14. 97 LF was brilliant, Mikey Dwyers point and Recks goalline stop the win in 22. 96 wasn't too bad either tbh;-)

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12777 - 15/05/2024 17:18:14    2544968

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "Brilliant read. Nearly in tears myself.

That quite succinctly optimises what our games mean to us.

What are your own favourite memories Viking?

In no particular order are mine:

Tipp 07. John Meyler did great things, but we'd just been bet out the gate by Kilkenny. The Kilkenny crowd were delighted for us.

Kilkenny 04. Nobody gave us a chance even within the county.

Cork 03. Written off completely. Remains the best game I've ever seen bar none.

Clare 14. After all Liam Dunnes work we were back. The first time my young family saw us do anything.

Kilkenny 19. In spite of his flaws I'm forever grateful to Davy.

Galway 17. We lost, but the return to croke park was almost a religious experience. Marty Morrissey described it as spiritual on the commentary.

Kilkenny 23. A very different reason, but genuinely moving in the stand. You could feel the whole place willing them over the line. The connection with the players and support that day was vintage Wexford.

The 90s were obviously amazing but teams respected us then. We were a top team.

The others were each significant in that we were written off as a poor reflection of our former selves.

Hurling is a way of life lads. Those days are honestly some of the happiest of my life."
I know you didn't ask me but I'll still answer.

I grew up in a family that has absolutely zero interest in hurling, my parents never came to my games for club or anything. We struggled a lot financially too when I was a very young boy so it was extremely rare for me to ever go to a match. It's actually kind of weird, I always wonder to myself where I got my love of hurling, sort of picked it up by osmosis from all the hype and joy of the late 90s I suppose.

My favourite memory was begging the mother in 2003 to take me to the semi-final against Cork and to be fair to her, she got the tickets and brought me up. It was a huge deal for me because I never really had much of a relationship with my parents. They were always so busy and worn out by life, didn't have many shared memories made by that stage.

We went up on the train and watched what seemed to me to be an absolute epic unfold before us sitting in the lower Davin stand. The elation when Rory McCarthy roofed the ball into the net with the last play of the game. The uncle took pity and got tickets for my mother and I to go to the replay but that wasn't as happy a day out haha.

Didn't really get to another match for years after that, not til I had my own transport and income. Winning Leinster in 2019 was special, at the time it felt like the beginning of something. Y'know a talented team finally getting over the line and breathing a bit of confidence into the thing that would push them on to greater things. As we all know it didn't really work out that way.

At the time even put a picture of Chin and O'Hanlon lifting the Bob O'Keeffe on the Christmas tree as the star, as a joke. That day sort of was the highlight of the year for me personally though.

Fulgrim (Wexford) - Posts: 256 - 15/05/2024 17:21:24    2544970

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "Brilliant read. Nearly in tears myself.

That quite succinctly optimises what our games mean to us.

What are your own favourite memories Viking?

In no particular order are mine:

Tipp 07. John Meyler did great things, but we'd just been bet out the gate by Kilkenny. The Kilkenny crowd were delighted for us.

Kilkenny 04. Nobody gave us a chance even within the county.

Cork 03. Written off completely. Remains the best game I've ever seen bar none.

Clare 14. After all Liam Dunnes work we were back. The first time my young family saw us do anything.

Kilkenny 19. In spite of his flaws I'm forever grateful to Davy.

Galway 17. We lost, but the return to croke park was almost a religious experience. Marty Morrissey described it as spiritual on the commentary.

Kilkenny 23. A very different reason, but genuinely moving in the stand. You could feel the whole place willing them over the line. The connection with the players and support that day was vintage Wexford.

The 90s were obviously amazing but teams respected us then. We were a top team.

The others were each significant in that we were written off as a poor reflection of our former selves.

Hurling is a way of life lads. Those days are honestly some of the happiest of my life."
Means as much to us second generation Irish in the UK, watched Wexford through all of it, still best feeling sport wise when Wexford win.

Jedobi (Wexford) - Posts: 181 - 15/05/2024 19:49:11    2544987

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Best memories of wexford hurling has to be the leinster final in 96 no game comes near .
After attending nearly 15 years defeat after heartbreaking defeat to finally get over the line that day.
I still get emotional thinking about it to be part of the crowd where man ,woman and child hugged cried togethr to see grown men before it became fashionable criyng and hugging each other out of pure emotion and relief .
Thats the one day that stands out even more so than the all ireland for pure emotion, relief and ecstasy .aftrr years of bitter disappointment 96 leinster final will never be matched . And to play as they did that day was the icing on the cake .

Formertownie (Wexford) - Posts: 204 - 15/05/2024 21:02:33    2544997

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Replying To wexford2012:  "Interesting show this week in the Wexford hurling podcast, the Mount Leinster Rangers guy made some great points."
What did he say?

ElGranSenor (Wexford) - Posts: 306 - 15/05/2024 22:00:41    2545008

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My earliest memories are seeing the all ireland final in 1962. We didn't have Tv then so we went next door and so began my love of hurling.2 goals in the first few minutes was a killer blow but we fought back bravely and lost by 2 points i think.
1965 was the first all ireland i attended. On hill 16 i was too small to see much of the game as people in ftont blocked my view. Another loss.
68 was simply fantastic. The great Tony Doran was majestic and won the game for us scoring 2 goals.
70 wasn't a happy one. Lost heavily to Cork. We had a lot of injuries for that game.
Once again sad times in 76 and 77. We really should have won one of them but came up short on both occasions.
The later games have been very well written about by other posters so i won't repeat what they have allready said.
Yes very happy memories and many sad ones but for us fanatics there is nothing to compare.

Magpie2 (Wexford) - Posts: 354 - 16/05/2024 08:14:07    2545013

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Replying To Formertownie:  "Best memories of wexford hurling has to be the leinster final in 96 no game comes near .
After attending nearly 15 years defeat after heartbreaking defeat to finally get over the line that day.
I still get emotional thinking about it to be part of the crowd where man ,woman and child hugged cried togethr to see grown men before it became fashionable criyng and hugging each other out of pure emotion and relief .
Thats the one day that stands out even more so than the all ireland for pure emotion, relief and ecstasy .aftrr years of bitter disappointment 96 leinster final will never be matched . And to play as they did that day was the icing on the cake ."
It was unbelievable. Were you still in town for all the street parties?

Funny I remember looking at my mam and shouting we're going to win and she had tears streaming down her face. Probably the first time I ever saw tears of joy so it stuck with me. In 19 my daughter did the exact same after the penalty. It was a proper full circle moment.

We were stuck in camolin for about 40 minutes on the way home and nobody cared.

Doylerwex (Wexford) - Posts: 2879 - 16/05/2024 08:14:52    2545014

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Replying To Fulgrim:  "I know you didn't ask me but I'll still answer.

I grew up in a family that has absolutely zero interest in hurling, my parents never came to my games for club or anything. We struggled a lot financially too when I was a very young boy so it was extremely rare for me to ever go to a match. It's actually kind of weird, I always wonder to myself where I got my love of hurling, sort of picked it up by osmosis from all the hype and joy of the late 90s I suppose.

My favourite memory was begging the mother in 2003 to take me to the semi-final against Cork and to be fair to her, she got the tickets and brought me up. It was a huge deal for me because I never really had much of a relationship with my parents. They were always so busy and worn out by life, didn't have many shared memories made by that stage.

We went up on the train and watched what seemed to me to be an absolute epic unfold before us sitting in the lower Davin stand. The elation when Rory McCarthy roofed the ball into the net with the last play of the game. The uncle took pity and got tickets for my mother and I to go to the replay but that wasn't as happy a day out haha.

Didn't really get to another match for years after that, not til I had my own transport and income. Winning Leinster in 2019 was special, at the time it felt like the beginning of something. Y'know a talented team finally getting over the line and breathing a bit of confidence into the thing that would push them on to greater things. As we all know it didn't really work out that way.

At the time even put a picture of Chin and O'Hanlon lifting the Bob O'Keeffe on the Christmas tree as the star, as a joke. That day sort of was the highlight of the year for me personally though."
That's a brilliant story. Thanks for sharing it!

I would have a sandwich bag full of grass from croke park in the centre page of the programme for most of those memories.

I was livid when we didn't get on the pitch in 19. It wasn't until we got on the dart back out that my wife (a dub) opened up her designer handbag to reveal it was full of grass. She'd gone down and asked a steward when myself and the kids were squeezing over to the Hogan stand for the presentation.

Doylerwex (Wexford) - Posts: 2879 - 16/05/2024 08:17:55    2545015

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Replying To Formertownie:  "Best memories of wexford hurling has to be the leinster final in 96 no game comes near .
After attending nearly 15 years defeat after heartbreaking defeat to finally get over the line that day.
I still get emotional thinking about it to be part of the crowd where man ,woman and child hugged cried togethr to see grown men before it became fashionable criyng and hugging each other out of pure emotion and relief .
Thats the one day that stands out even more so than the all ireland for pure emotion, relief and ecstasy .aftrr years of bitter disappointment 96 leinster final will never be matched . And to play as they did that day was the icing on the cake ."
My greatest moment was watching Lee Chin out in the croke park pitch with the Liam Mcarthy cup after winning the 2024 all ireland After been written off earlier in the year losing to Antrim it was the perfect anwser.Then i realised it was just a dream but you know what they say dreams do come true.Will i be right time will tell.

Tiger1 (Wexford) - Posts: 272 - 16/05/2024 08:34:21    2545017

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "That's a brilliant story. Thanks for sharing it!

I would have a sandwich bag full of grass from croke park in the centre page of the programme for most of those memories.

I was livid when we didn't get on the pitch in 19. It wasn't until we got on the dart back out that my wife (a dub) opened up her designer handbag to reveal it was full of grass. She'd gone down and asked a steward when myself and the kids were squeezing over to the Hogan stand for the presentation."
2019 was a special day. The scenes in Gorey that night will live long in my memory. It is a pity we cant get on the pitch. There is pitch invasions in every stadium in ireland surely they could do it in a controlled safe manner in croker if insurance is the issue

Afinestick96 (Wexford) - Posts: 307 - 16/05/2024 08:57:15    2545019

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Replying To Magpie2:  "My earliest memories are seeing the all ireland final in 1962. We didn't have Tv then so we went next door and so began my love of hurling.2 goals in the first few minutes was a killer blow but we fought back bravely and lost by 2 points i think.
1965 was the first all ireland i attended. On hill 16 i was too small to see much of the game as people in ftont blocked my view. Another loss.
68 was simply fantastic. The great Tony Doran was majestic and won the game for us scoring 2 goals.
70 wasn't a happy one. Lost heavily to Cork. We had a lot of injuries for that game.
Once again sad times in 76 and 77. We really should have won one of them but came up short on both occasions.
The later games have been very well written about by other posters so i won't repeat what they have allready said.
Yes very happy memories and many sad ones but for us fanatics there is nothing to compare."
Unfortunately that was all before my time. I came too late for Wexford's golden age.

My uncle was the first Wexford town man to win an all Ireland medal in 1960 and was manager the year I was born.

Another uncle was fortunate enough to get 3 in 55, 56 and 60.

My grandfather used to cycle to croke park on an iron bike in a Tweed suit. Up and down the old road in the dark with no light. Straight into work in pierces on the Monday then with no sleep. My word times have changed.

Great teams in the 70s. Seems mad we didn't get one. Ned Buggy is still sore over it.

Doylerwex (Wexford) - Posts: 2879 - 16/05/2024 09:16:10    2545022

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "It was unbelievable. Were you still in town for all the street parties?

Funny I remember looking at my mam and shouting we're going to win and she had tears streaming down her face. Probably the first time I ever saw tears of joy so it stuck with me. In 19 my daughter did the exact same after the penalty. It was a proper full circle moment.

We were stuck in camolin for about 40 minutes on the way home and nobody cared."
Those days travelled on the train mostly the crack was mighty . so yes back in town for the celebrations. Great memories .
Think if we won more it would mean less to us in an ironiic sort if way .

Formertownie (Wexford) - Posts: 204 - 16/05/2024 09:24:03    2545024

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