Hurler nearly loses an ear in club match

Rory Foy in action for London
Rory Foy in action for London

By Sean Moriarty

A London county hurler is rethinking his playing future after he nearly lost an ear in an incident that took place during a club game last weekend.

London county full-back Rory Foy was playing in the Ryan Cup semi-final with his club St Gabriel’s at Ruislip on Sunday.

He was lining up for a shot a goal when a Brother Pearse player challenged him.

The rival player’s hurl made contact with the left side of Foy’s head. Foy was taken to Northwick Park hospital where he waited 12 hours for doctors to re-stitch his left ear.

St Gabriel’s selector Mick Nevin  said that the club had yet to decide if it was going to take any action on the matter or report the incident to the county board. The county board cannot take any action until it receives the referee’s report.

Foy said the incident would make him seriously consider his future a hurler in London. The Galway man has been living here since July 2013 and has been a member of St Gabriel’s since then. He was selected to play for London’s league and championship games this season.

“I am due an operation on my knee anyway so I will be out for a few months but I will have to think about it [playing again],” he said.

Despite repeated attempts to contact Brothers Pearse management on Monday, calls were not returned.

Referee Eddie Naughton did not discipline the Brothers Pearse player.  St Gabriel’s did not have any subs so they  continued with 14 men against at 15-man Bothers Pearse. St Gabriel’s won the game and go through  in the Ryan Cup Final in a few weeks time.

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