Pre-match rituals are an interesting part of any sport. We as a nation, Irish people are naturally superstitious, so we wanted to find out what rituals or superstitions hurling players have or do before their games.
Is there any specific routine that you follow on match day?
We would have a set routine on match day. We go to the same place to eat as a team but I normally try to eat the same food.
I would have a bowl of porridge for breakfast and some toast with jam. It’s good to get fluids into your system and try to stay hydrated. I always try to get up around the same time. If a match is on at two or three, I would try to get up around half eight or nine.
Normally before a match, I would just have chicken and pasta. The usual GAA food!
Then I would top up with something to give me energy, probably wine gums or jaffa cakes. And then I would be sipping water the whole way through. Other than that, I try and not think about anything until I am in the dressing room.
What gets you psyched up on match day?
Music! I like to listen to music beforehand, it would get me going. Obviously when a manager speaks to you as well before the game that gets you pumped as well, but music would be the main one.
I normally listen to the same kind of songs. Post Malone would be the main artist that I would have on a loop!
Do your team as a group do anything beforehand?
Not really no. We would just meet up for the team meal but there wouldn’t be anything in particular. We would maybe go outside the hotel and have a ‘few puck arounds’. Players would be very individual, so they would mostly do what works for them best. So as a team no we wouldn’t have anything set in stone. We just do whatever we think will deliver the best performance!
Would you be superstitious if you didn’t do any of these things?
Thankfully, no I wouldn’t be. I know some people can be but I wouldn’t think I am. I think that if you have a lucky pair of socks and then they go missing or something happens to them, it can have a bad effect on your mindset.
So, no I wouldn’t really be too superstitious. Once I just follow my own routine leading up to match day, that is what works for me!