Decoding the DNA of a 21st-century hurler

Readers of a certain age will remember Tony Doran. 

Not a scorer of great goals but unequivocally a great goal-scorer. Managed a staggering 41 goals in 57 championship appearances. Many of them came as the result of a high ball to the edge of the square. Doran would put up his mighty paw to claim it, horse his way past a horde of straining defenders, and fist it past a helpless goalkeeper. 

The rigging danced and the purple and gold waved.

There are no high balls dropping on the edge of the square any more. There are no defenders who get disoriented if required to venture beyond 30m past their own goal. There are no — even if the original of the species was unique and irreplaceable — Tony Dorans. This is 2019.

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