When it comes to charismatic figures in the game of hurling, one can’t look past Waterford legend Dan Shanahan.
The 40-year-old was a familiar face on our screens once again this summer, as he frantically ran along the sidelines and across the pitch at every viable opportunity in his role as a selector for the Déise.
However, even at his age, ‘Dan The Man’ has once again proven that he still has it when it comes to the playing side of things as well, with the Lismore man once again playing a key role as his club progressed to the semi-final of the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship with a 3-17 to 4-13 victory over Abbeyside in Fraher Field on Saturday evening.
Shanahan popped up with 2-1 of his side’s tally in yet another talismanic showing, which means that last year’s Munster Intermediate champions will join Ballygunner in the last four of the competition as they easily saw off Mount Sion in the day’s earlier fixture.
Maurice Shanahan also came up with plenty of Lismore’s tally as Mark Ferncombe’s 3-5 proved in vain for Abbeyside. Saturday’s performance now means that Dan has raised eight green flags so far in this year’s club championship.
Two goals tonight versus Abbeyside, a goal last week against Mount Sion along with four against Passage and one versus Fourmilewater earlier on in the season means that the 40-year-old is still very well one of the most prolific forwards in the entire county.
The 2007 Hurler of the Year is regarded by many as one of the finest players to have never lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup – and given his current form on the field of play perhaps the infamous selector could be another one of Derek McGrath’s impact substitutes as the Déise will look to avenge their All-Ireland heartbreak at the hands of Galway next year.
We’d all love to see Dan pull on the blue and white jersey one last time, but one thing’s for certain big Dan has definitely still got it when it comes to that killer eye for goal.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena