A new virtually unbreakable plastic hurley aimed at juvenile players is put to the test at Croke Park.
As the best quality ash is reserved for making adult hurleys, juvenile players have to make do with inferior quality hurleys that break easily. In response to this problem, Wavin Pipes Limited has developed a synthetic alternative hurl that is unbreakable and will be guaranteed for life.
The Wavin hurley is the result of 18 months of development and testing to find the most satisfactory polypropylene. The Wavin factory in Balbriggan, County Dublin will manufacture 3,000 hurleys a week each retailing at £2.40.
Wavin Pipes Limited marketing manager Sean Kennedy is confident the new hurl is robust and has the potential to outperform the traditional ash hurl on the pitch. Initially, the company will produce 32 inch hurls but plan to produce sizes 30, 34 and 36 inches. Sean Kennedy believes younger players will happily use Wavin hurls but,
I think it will take a long time to get the adult attuned to plastic.
Road testing the Wavin hurley at Croke Park are Chairman of the Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association Board Jimmy Gray and Dublin Senior Hurling Manager Jim Boggan.
Jim Boggan thinks the Wavin hurls are better quality than the juvenile ash hurls currently being manufactured. He would be happy to see the Wavin hurley used at senior level,
The stick itself I think would be of equal merit at least anyway.
Ultimately he thinks people will be slow to make the change from ash to plastic, especially if good ash is still available.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 April 1977. The reporter is Colm Connolly.