Wexford's focus in fully set on Westmeath: Lee
The heatwave currently baking the nation is having practical implications for intercounty action.
Firstly, as Lee Chin readily admits, his car is “filthy” on account of the hosepipe ban in Wexford.
More importantly though, the Wexford panel were more concerned with an update about the marble-hard, arid state of the pitch in Mullingar when they trained on Tuesday night than they were the possibility of a Davy Fitzgerald/Clare circus taking place in the All-Ireland quarter-final should they beat Westmeath this Saturday evening (7.0) in their preliminary quarter-final duel.
“We got a bit of information last night that the pitch in Mullingar is going to be very hard,” Chin revealed.
“With the weather we are having a lot of pitches around the country will be similar. It’s going to be very dry and hard.
“I’d imagine and the blisters on the feet are pretty prominent this time of year but the weather is going to be very hot and it’s something we will be ready for because we have been training in this sort of weather for the last couple of weeks.”
If blisters sound like the least of a hurler’s worries, they’re not.
Last year, one of the blisters Chin had on his foot got infected, keeping him out of pitch work for approximately the same length of time as a muscle strain.
“Stuff like that is nearly worse than an injury at times,” he stresses. “It does limit movement.”
Not making the Leinster final was a setback, Chin admits, although he says their seasonal goal hasn’t altered, even if the level of difficulty has.
“You want to go on and win Liam MacCarthy.
“It’s not that you look at other teams and think ‘we can compete with them’. You look at your own strengths and your own values and you say ‘what can we bring to the thing’.
“We were training last night and Davy never even mentioned Clare,” Chin says, referring to Wexford’s prize for a victory on Sunday.
“It was total respect to Westmeath.”