KILKENNY hurling manager, Brian Cody, suffered one of his biggest set backs in his 12 years reign at the county club yesterday when one of his top players snapped his cruciate ligaments in training and had to be destroyed on the spot.
Tommy Walsh injured himself whilst jumping over the north end crossbar during a training session in Nolan Park. The 26 year old clipped the bar with his left foot and tumbled head over heels, landing awkwardly on his right side.
Team medic, John Ryan, made a quick decision to euthanize Walsh immediately as he was in a lot of pain at the time. Tommy was shot in the head with a nail gun and his passing was said to be quick and painless.
Supporters of the club have in the past criticized Coady for his harsh training techniques and he will no doubt have a lot of tough questions to answer post funeral.
One long time Kilkenny supporter commented today: ‘Why was Tommy Walsh jumping a 7 foot high crossbar anyway? Coady should know better than that. He puts them poor boys through hell. I heard that Coady hits the younger members of the team with large black and amber thorny sticks while they run around the pitch naked. He’s crazy that man.’
Coady, who was once under a Garda investigation into the drowning of several members of Callan’s under 10’s football team in ’03, was not available for comment.
Solicitor Darren Maloney said today that ‘Mr.Coady was feeling really bad about what had happened to young Walsh but life and hurling has to go on for the spirit of the team and county. Its just one of them injuries that cannot be fixed. The players future was over anyway. There was no other option for the team. My heart goes out to his family.’
Tommy Walsh played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2003. Known for his determination, skill and commitment Walsh had already reached hurling greatness according to many GAA experts. His death was sad and untimely.
Tommy’s remains will be brought to his family home tonight and he will be buried tomorrow morning in a specially dedicated hurling cemetery in Kilkenny city.