Jackie Tyrrell: In modern hurling warfare, Clare’s variety can take down Waterford

It’s not 1998 but there’s still a war to be won when the two sides meet this weekend

Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois last November. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois last November. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The most improved Waterford hurler this year has been Jack Prendergast. He has grown from being a bit-part panel player to a really consistent performer through the league and will really push hard for a starting spot against Clare this weekend. As I was flicking through last year’s All-Ireland final programme, his date of birth jumped out at me – Jack was born on July 20th, 1998. Anybody who knows their Waterford-Clare history will know why.

That was the day after the 1998 Munster final replay between the two counties. What a day to come into the world! Jack was a wartime baby, kicking and screaming in the maternity ward, while outside the battle was raging and the hurling world was in turmoil.

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