Waterford's Patrick Curran hoping to complete treble
By John Harrington
Patrick Curran is hoping to complete a special treble by helping Waterford defeat Galway in Sundays All-Ireland SHC semi-final.
The Dungarvan club-man has already won All-Irelands in the minor 2013 and U-21 grade 2016, so winning a senior medal on Sunday would complete the set.
Were in a position but we dont have that medal yet, said Curran.
Fellas trained all their life to get to All-Ireland finals and havent got there. Look, were there now. It will mean nothing if we lose. Thats the reality.
Since you were a kid you always wanted to win a senior All-Ireland.
When you have the minor and under-21, youve people saying will you push on? thats in the back of our minds. But we take it day by day. its always been a goal.
Curran was a key player on both those All-Ireland winning minor and U-21 teams, but he has yet to establish himself as a regular first-choice option for Derek McGraths senior side.
Instead hes had to make do with cameos from the subs bench this summer, coming on in five of Waterfords six matches.
Hed obviously prefer to be a more central figure in Derek McGraths plans, but is happy to put the good of the collective ahead of his own personal ambitions.
Every player wants to be playing but its moved on from individual views, said Curran.
Were a real collective group. We know that we have to give everything to the cause. Whether youre playing for two minutes or 22 it doesnt really matter.
Were a real group. You have to be ready when youre called upon.
Its not really frustrating because we know that, behind it all. Maybe other people view it a bit different outside. You have to be strong enough to know that.