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'I Did 50 Press-Ups, I Was That Pumped'

'I Did 50 Press-Ups, I Was That Pumped'

Wexford are the story of the 2019 Hurling Championship so far. Absolute hurling madness courses through the veins of many on Slaneyside, and that passion was fully on display in Croke Park Sunday as Wexford won their first Leinster title since 2004.

The passion for hurling is especially potent within the Wexford camp, namely guys like Liam Óg McGovern, who have overcome career-threatening injuries but not had their infectious spirit diminished one iota.

Speaking on 2fm's Game On last night, McGovern revealed a very unique reaction to receiving the news that Davy had got the Wexford job.

"I got a text, I got straight on to the ground and I did 50 press-ups, I was that pumped."

That McGovern hit the ground and celebrated with 50 push-ups tells us everything we need to know about him, the modern GAA and the incredible fitness that today's players possess.

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"I was injured at the time and I was going to take a year off. At that moment I said, 'Jesus I'm going to try and get back for the following year' because Davy was in charge.

"The buzz around the county was massive. He'd won so much with Waterford and Clare and the colleges, we thought maybe this was our turn to be successful.

In the interview, McGovern also spoke of the gruelling rehab after a cruciate injury, and how he reached out to the likes of David Moran and David Pocock - fellow cruciate injury sufferers - for advice on the best way to rehab from the serious injury.

Like his teammates in purple and gold, McGovern is the kind of guy you can't help but cheer for. Here's hoping we get a rematch of the '96 final in August, just so we can see two of the most hurling-mad counties vie for Liam MacCarthy.

Donny Mahoney

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