THERE wasn’t any dual dilemma for Gearoid Hegarty.
“It was a big ambition of mine to be on this team,” said the St Patricks man of playing inter-county U-21 hurling and football in 2015.
So much so that he presented himself for U-21 hurling trials last December in Mick Neville Park. The 21 year old progressed through the year juggling duties with four club teams, three inter-county teams and Sigerson Cup with UL.
“I didn’t win anything with any of them so in 10 years time I won’t think about playing Sigerson, obviously it’s great to do that and to play football with Limerick and to captain the Limerick U-21 footballers and I will remember that but when it comes down to it in years to come I will remember that Munster U-21 final in Clare and if we win the All Ireland final it will be something I will never forget,” outlined Hegarty.
Saturday he bids to collect an U-21 All Ireland, just like his father, Ger, in 1987.
“Believe it or not, my mother keeps telling me that when I was two or three years old I fired every medal he ever won out the window and they were never seen again - out the top window of the house in Rhebogue so they are long gone,” laughed Gearoid.
“He (father, Ger) has been there, done that - all he says to me is that he is yesterdays man. He says yesterdays man doesn’t win tomorrow’s game. He is great to give advise and anything I ever have a problem with I go home to him and he hurled for Limerick for 15 years and played in All Ireland finals and won everything except the big one, which is obviously doesn’t like talking about! He is definitely the biggest influence in my sporting career - hurling and football. He supports the football just as much - he would never pick one over the other. It’s great to have someone like that at home,” outlined the wing back.
“I was never really a back before - I don’t know where John Kiely pulled that one out of but I am happy he did because I am loving it at the moment. I was there or there abouts with this minor panel but I was never actually on a championship days panel, only the extended panel so this year was my first real year hurling. I was always more of a hurler when I was younger - people would probably know we more as a hurler than a footballer.”