waterford have a lot of funny shaped hurlers, noel connors, dillon, that fat lad they use as a battering ram Devine, as three examples.
un natural to be shaped like that and be as quick as they are and it may lead to question marks as to how they get into that shape.
They all suffer from this terrible condition - just watch them next day out - They have lads walking around and their arms are nearly fully extended out from their side - it’s a testament to them that they can still hurl while suffering from this condition.
A lot of us walk like that in Waterford. It’s the corner boy walk. Symptoms generally go hand in hand with a name like Frankie, Noelie, Chuckie, Jakie, Tadhgie, Lowesie, and so on. Thought to be caused by carrying large volumes of blaas back from the corner shop for the breakfast.
Sufferers are usually advised to wear a 3 jersey, tucked into a pair of boot cut wranglers over black slip on shoes. If that doesn’t work, there is actually no other known treatment.
It’s a desperate blight on the city. Some case studies.
This is a poor family that have just been diagnosed with the syndrome and been told that the above treatment is unlikely to work.
Here’s a fellow who is so badly afflicted that his arms won’t now go below his shoulders. This is known as the Shane O’Donnell/Podge Collins phase. To be fair to this chap he has applied to the Carriage Office for a licence so at least some good may come of it.
On the other hand this is just heartbreaking. This poor divil has reached the same stage but is only 5. Surgery will be the only option here or else he will have to be spoon fed for the rest of his life. How he stays in such high spirits is beyond me.
Judging by the left hand side of his ample frame, he urgently needs to see a specialist. The gate of his left foot looks way off, and his left hand is showing signs of the early onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.