LISTEN: “I do have a wall to hit against”- Back to basics for Will O’Donoghue

With the country on lockdown, everyone has had to improvise to get their daily fix of sporting activities in.

Limerick hurler William O’Donoghue is no different and with the GAA pitches closed to the public, it has been back to basics for the Na Piarsaigh man.

“I do have a wall to hit a ball against, it’s not too complex now, it’s probably the same thing I was doing when I was about eight years of age.”

“But it’s a release, something to do. That’s all you can really do at the minute. You can’t compare it to the work that you would be getting done under normal circumstances because it’s just not relevant.

“You just have to stay safe, don’t put anyone in danger for you to try and develop your hurling or football [skills] if that’s the case, you just have to make do with what you have.”

O’Donoghue stressed the importance of getting that exercise in while the country adjusts to the epidemic accordingly.

As such, the midfielder is grateful for the wall and whatever else he can find to keep him ticking over.

“Just stay somewhat sane and keep a positive outlook on everything. That’s it really. I’m not looking at it saying if we were still gyming collectively, or if I had access to a full gym I’d be in better physical condition, or if I’d access to a full pitch my shooting would be sharper or my hurling would be better.

“You just have to take it and be grateful with the outlets that you have. At the minute a wall and a couple of free weights to me are as good as anything else.”

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