Players are only showing their passion

“WHAT’S this all about?” asked Michael Duignan on The Sunday Game recently.

His colleague, Pete Finnerty, echoed his sentiments.

They were referring to the punching the air towards the crowd by Waterford’s dynamic duo of Eoin Kelly and John Mullane. Kelly and Mullane are passionate players and when they score with aplomb, they let their emotions rip. We see it all the time in other sports as players do cartwheels, somersaults and sliding forays whenever they score. Nobody takes much notice. Part of the game, of the entertainment.

But we are hurlers. No showboating for us. This is a manly game, allow the showboating to the showmen of lesser codes, so the thinking goes.

But really does it matter very much? The important thing is that the players perform on the field.

In today’s world of political correctness and conformity, the individuality and spontaneity is often coached out of young people. We sometimes expect them all to behave like robots, and there’s a comfort and orderliness to that.

But creativity and personality often mark great people apart. This can be expressed in different ways. It often takes something special to make a great player: they can do great things, unusual things and once they play within the rules and produce the goods, one shouldn’t be too concerned about spontaneous and harmless gestures to the fans. The fans love it and it often gets the crowd going.

Kelly and Mullane are two of our finest forwards. They are no robots, no blind conformists. They have talent and personality and they express that on the field of play. No need to get too excited about a little punching of the air.

And if Peter and Michael want to know more about the gentle art of showboating, they might have a word with their colleague on The Sunday Game, Joe Brolly. Joe blew kisses at the crowd when he scored goals. Now there’s showboating for you from the founder of the art – but he scored the goals first.

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