Snowballs: Feck sake Mikey, no match, the lads are getting soft

    It’s our green, green grass of home, with a splendid snow white topping. Nowlan Park had a new suit but it wasn’t suitable for hurling. Pic: Martin Doheny

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    THE LOCAL mutt didn’t even amble in for a piddle.

    There wasn’t a human being in sight as Storm Emma threatened.

    Anyone expecting a hurling feast would have been barking up the wrong tree.

    Groundsman, John Coogan, outstanding in his field.
    Pic Donal Foley.

    The GAA erred on the side of safety and pulled the plug on the South East derby between Kilkenny and Wexford.

    For a time early weekend, the game was a lone ranger as all other matches, soccer, rugby and GAA had bitten the dust.

    Meaning of course the clash between Davy Fitz and our Brian would have got blanket coverage.

    Nowlan Park was a picture postcard of beauty.

    But it was unplayable.

    No fault of super groundsman, John Coogan who doubles as the Dame in the annual pantomime in Castlecomer.

    What did John think?

    Snow White!

    “Had we mustered seven dwarfs we could have had our own open air panto,” he might have said, if asked.

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    Open those turnstiles.

    Next time, maybe?

    Roll on Sunday and the Wexford game.

    As for the notion that the lads may be getting soft, the reality is that is is snow use, oh dear, trying to play on a pitch that has been decorated by Mother Nature.