Waterford manager Derek McGrath has heaped praise on the Clare Senior Hurling team ahead of Sunday’s Munster Championship semi-final.
McGrath outlined the admiration he has for the Banner side. “With Clare they’re so fluent and they’re so well-coached. It’s hard to know what to expect with them because they make you think and you’re trying to get the balance right between them making you think and trying to play yourself so that’s a fine balance to strike if you like but I’ve nothing for admiration for Clare, the way they play the game, they’re game-changers in how they’ve gone about their business and they’re just a serious team, all over the field they’ve game-winners.”
The De La Salle man’s term as Déise boss is until 2019 and he feels that everyone involved in the Waterford setup is on a journey and they are getting closer to the light having come through some dark days.
“We’ve evolved, we need to evolve we’re aware of that. I suppose the journey from absolute apathy that was there February twelve months ago towards relative enthusiasm is one that we’re not overly proud of but we feel that we’re making progress and I suppose before any light there’s always darkness and we had that period of darkness and we’re heading towards some sort of light now but we’re nowhere near where we need to be and we just need to continue to work hard and harder again and that’s what we’ll do”.