“If Rory O’Connor is tied up, where is Wexford?” – Ursula Jacob


When it came to scoring from open games in the league, Wexford’s Rory O’Connor was a standout. You’ve known O’Connor in the county for some time, and he’s been thought of enough to put him on the lineup right after his leaving cert.

But this year he underlined how much he has to offer. In five games, he finished 3-16, making him easily the top scorer from the game.

As he thrived, Wexford thrived too. They didn’t lose in the league’s round-robin series, instead coming up against a rampant Waterford in the semi-finals. Where Darragh Egan’s side stand against Galway this weekend in the Leinster Championship opener is up for debate.

“It was a bit of a reality check when they lost to Waterford and then it was very worrying how easily Waterford got some of their goals and results. So I don’t think we should be hasty in saying Wexford are the worst team in the world after a game,” said Wexford Camogie legend Ursula Jacob at the launch of RTÉ’s GAA coverage of the upcoming Championship.

“But they definitely have a lot to prove coming into the game against Galway. They’ve got Galway and Dublin at home in the first two rounds at Wexford Park and you really have to be realistic about winning at least one of those games.

“Wexford are finding it difficult to beat Galway, their record against them hasn’t been great in the Championship in recent years but if we can go back to some of our better performances from earlier in the league and then bring the likes of Lee Chin back into the team ; because obviously he is a great player.”

Jacob also expressed concern about her trust in O’Connor.

“He was the linchpin of the Wexford attack and he was a leading player through the league for Wexford. My concern would be if other players tie him where is Wexford? We could see in the league semi-final against Waterford that Rory didn’t have the same kind of freedom and that was thanks to Waterford’s defense. Rory is a great player, but he can’t do everything on his own. I would imagine Darragh will give him that kind of roaming role, the freedom to roam around and find himself in the best position, and I think Rory is excellent at that.

“I like it when he’s closer to goal because he’s a typical inside striker. He puts his head down and once he gets his hands on the ball, it’s very difficult to stop him. But I expect against Galway you’ll see him roam between the full and half forward lines. “If Rory O’Connor is tied up, where is Wexford?” – Ursula Jacob

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