Eoin Murphy quits Waterford hurling

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 11:21

Eoin Murphy - Has retired from intercounty hurling
Eoin Murphy - Has retired from intercounty hurling

Waterford hurler Eoin Murphy has announced that has played his last game for the Deise and is retiring from intercounty hurling.

The Knockanure Shamrocks man suffered a skull fracture while on club duty in April, and will continue to line out for his club, but has called time on an 11-year career with Waterford.

"I'm 100% happy to hang up my boots at inter-county level," Murphy told the Irish Examiner.

"I'm looking forward to spending a few years with the club. It was in the back of my mind to give it one more year with Waterford and I didn’t go back until February, but I felt it could be a good year for us. Even after the injury I wanted to stay involved.

"I knew I probably wouldn't be playing but I got back training with the county at least."

Murphy has many fond memories from his time with Waterford, during he which he won three Munster titles and an All-Star award in 2006.

"In terms of high points, 2002 was huge. The first one (Munster title), after waiting so long since the last title [1963], was sweet, but that particular game petered out a bit and we won comfortably in the end.”

"On the other hand, in 2004 against Cork — a team we’d have a lot of memories of getting beatings from — it was different. To beat them by a point that day, that was dreamland."