Hurling season is in full swing so we were delighted when legendary Cork goalkeeper and Dubs Manager Ger Cunningham agreed to take part in Ireland’s first ever live Twitter QnA session with a hurling manager.
Things are looking good for the Dublin Senior hurlers, especially after last weekend’s defeat of Laois at O’Moore Park. And following a great live Twitter QnA session with Dublin hurler Liam Rushe last year, we were delighted when Ger Cunningham agreed to take part in one too, our first ever with a hurling manager. There were some great questions, covering everything from fashion to pre-match superstitions, and if you missed out on the action, you can read what he had to say here.
Q1. Who wears a baseball hat better Cody or Daly and are they jealous of your amazing hair? via @lemachine
GC. Definitely Dalo, must ask where he gets his hats! With this job my hair will be white not grey :-)
Q2. What do you look for and value from your selectors having been on other side? via @SportforBusines
GC. Strong opinions, local knowledge & supportive once decisions are taken.
Q3. Ger, How are you enjoying it up in the real capital? via @IrelandsImages
GC. Response has been excellent!
Q4. What's the one rule change you'd like to see brought into hurling? via @millard_mark
GC. Introduction of the hooter system at half-time & full-time.
Q5. Do you have any superstitions before a stepping onto the pitch before a big game? via @JamesMatthews
GC. Always liked to wear the red & white hooped jersey, never liked the white one!
Q6. If there was a transfer mkt from the BG09 team which player would you choose: Willie Kiely, Jj hutch, Gary Molloy? Via @PauricMahony
GC. Definitely Gary Molloy, totally undervalued in Ballygunner. Best of luck in your recovery.
Q7. What was you're most memorable win as a player and as a manager? via @ByrneDec
GC. As a player, being part of the double in 1990, 25 years ago! My first success as manager was with the UCC freshers.
Q8. Views on @DonalOgC suggestion of introducing an all-Ulster hurling team to boost the game in the province? via @ShaneRooD15
GC. It certainly has its merits, worth the debate.
Q9. Ger where do you buy your blazers??! via @BenFinnegan
GC. Tony's Menswear in Cork, good man to do a deal for you.
Q10. Would it be fair to say footballers are fitter & leaner than hurlers on average? If so, does the gap need to close? via @FeaneMark
GC. It's a different type of fitness required for both games
Q11. If you could go back and play one game again, which match would you choose, and why? via @stephenoleary
GC. Two weeks ago in Tullamore ;-)
Q13. Who brought you to your 1st hurling match and what do you remember most about it? via @deirdrewafer
GC. My dad brought me to Croke Park for the first time for the All-Ireland Final in 1969.
Q14. Who has been your biggest supporter and most instrumental to your success via @tv_ink
GC. Too many to count but Billy Morgan sticks out, another man in the hooped jersey!
Q15. What's your view on S&C (bigger-stronger-faster) & risk of it's over reliance vs. practicing the basic skills? via @theslipper2
GC. The basic skills are the priority but strength & conditioning supplements it and has a role to play
Q16. Do you believe a Manager's half time team talk has the power to turn a game around? via @runningro
GC. It can definitely have an impact but there are definitely lots of other factors to consider.
Q17. Hi Ger. Player or coach & why? via @stratadam
GC. Playing for sure, nothing comes close to it.
Q18. Hi Ger. Does having an away draw to Laois change how you prepare the team for the next match? via @deirdremsheehan
GC. no difference between home or away, prep is still the same.
And if you enjoyed this, check out #GAAQnA on Twitter where you’ll find lots more previous QnA sessions from legends including Sonia O’Sullivan, Richie Hogan, Anna Geary, Briege Corkery and Joe Canning.