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Back from double leg fracture and dislocated ankle for Waterford's league final run

It’s been quite a change in fortunes for defender Philip Mahony.

Philip Mahony is back in the Waterford hurling ranks.
Philip Mahony is back in the Waterford hurling ranks.

A CONTRAST IN twelve months, from the low of the treatment table to the high of Semple Stadium.

On the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend last year, Waterford’s Philip Mahony saw his 2014 inter-county dreams wrecked. A double leg fracture and dislocated ankle in a game with his club Ballygunner brought his season to a shuddering halt.

Yet Mahony bounced back, accelerated his recovery and by last October he was hoisting the Waterford senior hurling trophy aloft as Ballygunner’s county-winning captain.

Phillip Mahony and Harley Barnes raise the trophy Philip Mahony and Harley Barnes raise the trophy after Ballygunner's victory. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

This year has marked his inter-county return, nailing down the left half-back position on the Waterford team that moved smoothly through Division 1B to the collection of the promotion prize.

Knockout wins over Galway and Tipperary have propelled them to next Sunday’s league final against Cork. Philip’s brother Pauric – the scoring heart of the Waterford side – admits it’s been quite a change in fortunes for his sibling who is a year older than him.

“He’s 100%. He came back for the club at the end of the club championship last year. He then took a month off to get it right, October off after the club was over, to make sure it was 100%. He hasn’t had any problems since.

“He was in America, the previous year and then he came back. It was unfortunate then in the club game to break the leg. He was back quicker, it was probably rushed too, he was back for the quarter-finals of the club. He was captain of the club team last year, obviously it ended well when we won it.”

Philip Mahony injured Philip Mahony before last May's drawn Munster senior hurling quarter-final against Cork. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Pauric turns 23 next month and revealed the differences between the Waterford hurlig brothers.

“He’s certainly better at the diet part than me, Philip doesn’t put anything bad into his body! We have a table-tennis table in the house alright and it got very competitive there for a while.

We had to call a halt to that fairly quick! I don’t really do PlayStation but he plays a nice bit of FIFA and would be way better than me.

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