Seamus Prendergast has provided Waterford hurlers with a badly needed boost by revealing that he’s not ruling out the possibility of soldiering on at the top level for yet another year.
At the age of 32, the dynamic half-forward was the second oldest player, after Tony Browne, on the Waterford hurling starting side for last Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Cork at Semple Stadium.
As well, he made his senior inter-county debut as far back as 2001, and his younger brother (by over 20 months), defender Declan, called time on his own inter-county career last April.
“I’ve an open mind about whether I will continue playing for Waterford,” said Prendergast, who has been one of the Déise’s most consistent players over the last 12 years and who scored a goal in the first minute of his championship debut against Limerick in 2001.
“At the moment, I’m just focussing on getting back with the club (Ardmore) and we’ll be involved in both the hurling and football championship over the coming weeks.
“When the two competitions are over I’ll take a break and then sometime after Christmas or early in the New Year I’ll make a decision about my inter-county career.
“As well, I’m getting married in November, and maybe she (his future wife) might want me out of the house,” he joked.
Incidentally, his brother Declan is married – to the Ardmore club’s cultural officer and child protection officer Lindsey Prendergast.
Recalling the clash against the Rebels, Prendergast, the holder of four Munster senior medals and a National League award, said: “We looked to be in a strong position when we went three points in front entering the last 10 minutes.
“But then we stopped performing and we paid the price when Cork stormed back into the game.
“As well, we were very slow to settle in the first 10 minutes and those two below-par periods were certainly a huge factor in us losing the match.”
At club level, Prendergast, who was the first Ardmore player to represent Waterford senior hurlers, will be involved in the intermediate championship in hurling and the senior championship in football.
“We got relegated from the hurling senior championship in 2009, but we’ve qualifed for the quarter-finals of the intermediate championship, and hopefully we’ll keep the run going,” he remarked.
“And in senior football we’re in a good position to make the quarter-finals.
“There are two groups of six teams ad the top four in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.
“’We’ve won two of our three matches, and we’ve two more matches in the group stages.”
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