The nuts and bolts with Glen Rovers & Corks Patrick HorganPosted on: Nov 18 2015
Patrick Horgan in stats
3-38 in 2011
1-42 in 2012
1-47 in 2013
2-41 in 2014 (to date)
2013 All-Star Patrick Horgan is expecting skin and hair will fly when Cork and Tipp battle it out on Sunday to secure a spot in this year's All Ireland hurling final.
Horgan collected his first senior inter-county medal with victory over Limerick in this year's Munster final and now wants the complete set.
Horgan's stats from play and placed balls since 2011 showcase perfectly the influence the Glen man has had on rebel fortunes and as a result Horgan will be a key target for the Tipp defence on Sunday.
We spoke to Horgan about the nuts and bolts of his preparation for a game as big as Sunday's crunch clash with the premier county.
For Horgan it's the days you do outside of JBM's sessions that make the difference when the sliotar is thrown in before a full house at Croke Park.
“I puck around everyday between the ball alley, free-taking sessions and the sessions with Cork.
“Basically I'm training every other day but it's always been that way growing up in the club, there's always something that needs work.”
“This week it was actually my helmet, I thought it was curtains after 14 years but a buddy Stephen Goulding managed to put it back together, I was haunted!”
The Glen man is a perfectionist when it comes to his sport and trusts Cloyne man Paudie O'Sullivan to drill him when the players are completing their warm-up routine prior to throw-in.
O'Sullivan is also Horgan's room-mate of choice for those over-nighters in the other capital that precede a Sunday throw-in at Croker.
Horgan is old school when it comes to his choice of playlist as the team bus heads under the tunnel with MC Sean vs Da-Hool getting the nod.
For those of you unfamiliar with MC Sean vs Da-Hool we have included the link below so you can embrace all things rebel as the teams emerge from the dressing room on Sunday.
In the event that Cork win on Sunday Horgan will celebrate with non other than…………”a big dirty chipper or a pizza!!!” The bubbly will have to stay on ice for another few weeks!
Horgan's passion for hurling was ignited by his club Glen Rovers and he cites fellow club mate Seanie McGrath as one of his all-time favourite players.
Seanie is a current selector with the Cork senior hurlers but Horgan swears that hasn't influenced his decision in answering this question!!!
Horgan is adamant he will die a rebel but if he was put to the sword and had to choose another team to play with Antrim get the nod because of their passion for the small ball.
“I've gone up to Antrim a fair bit over the last few years and I just love the way they talk about hurling.”
Asked if there is a player Horgan feels was unlucky not to wear a senior Cork jersey Horgan pinpoints Glen club mate Brian Moylan.
Unusually for a senior inter-county player Horgan rarely watches or travels to hurling games.
“In the nineties you would be guaranteed good hurling games but the way the game has changed in terms of tactics you aren't guaranteed good games anymore so I take the risk out of it and don't watch many games”
And finally....if there was a transfer window come January and Horgan could buy in a steed to strengthen up the squad it would be a man he may get up close and personal with next month ....Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh.
Cork play Tipperary this Sunday in 2014’s 2nd All Ireland Hurling Semi Final.