Wexford learns the art of ‘hybrid hurling’ under Egan
Lee Chin says Wexford remains a work in progress after a season of “hybrid hurling” from Darragh Egan.
New boss Egan used the term earlier in the year to describe how he planned to alter Wexford’s style of play after several seasons of Davy Fitzgerald’s running game.
Wexford have enjoyed stunning highs throughout the year, beating eventual All-Ireland runners-up Limerick and Kilkenny at various stages.
But a five-goal league semi-final by Waterford, a draw with Westmeath at Leinster and an All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Clare represented the low points.
“You could say it’s still a work in progress,” Captain Chin said. “These things are not just achieved immediately. And look, the way we have played this year, there is a little difference in terms of what we have tried to achieve in our game.
“It may have used our legs (in the past) and when Darragh came on he may have wanted to add more layers to it, just to get a different attacking dimension that you need now in the modern game. howling.
“You see the pivots are probably Limerick who have a great mix of ability to run the ball, play the ball short, play it long, and that’s why they’re three in a row All-Champions in ‘Ireland.
“You can’t be one-dimensional, you have to have a lot of different elements in your game.”
Chin himself has missed virtually the entire league campaign due to a lengthy hamstring injury which has plagued him for several seasons.
Now, having pulled out of his home club’s Championship in the quarter-finals, he has almost a full six months left before the National League starts again with Wexford.
The experienced striker sees this as a much-needed opportunity to give his body a break.
“For someone like me, who is in my late twenties now, the five months until the new year, you would appreciate it, the little time off.
“I really want to use the five months, or a few months anyway, just to recover, because I had some serious injuries.”
Chin was back to his best in the Championship and fired five points in the historic victory over Kilkenny, securing Wexford’s place in the All-Ireland series.
He also scored late against Clare in the quarter-finals, putting Wexford ahead six points at one point before collapsing on a scoring blitz from Banner.
“In terms of points I think we only managed to get two or three from the game in the second half of this game which is not good enough and I guess in the last 10 minutes that caught up with us,” said Chin, who admitted that the long, direct ball was sometimes effective in this encounter.
“Sometimes it can pay off, but unfortunately in the last 10 minutes of the day their backs got really tight.
“The thing is that in modern day hurling a lot of teams like to play short ball. So there’s an argument there that defenders might not be fully aware of the long ball or they might sometimes be a bit uncomfortable, because they’re so used to shorting the ball in space.
“But when the balls come straight in, like, you can see in football this year too, one or two long kicks even bounced off the crossbar. Maybe sometimes it’s just a surprise for defenders , so when you bring that element to a game it can be exciting to watch, but it can also be a dangerous approach.”