Sportstalk meets former Wexford hurling star Keith Rossiter
Sports talk: Which grounds did you least like playing in for Wexford?
Keith Rossiter: Ballycastle Gaa Club Co. Antrim – The Mileage!!! It was a 4 to 5 hour journey and if you ask any player who has ever played there, they’d tell you that it’s a very hard place to get a win.
ST: What’s your best memory from the National Hurling League?
KR: We played Galway in the quarter final in 2007, who were managed by Ger Loughnane and no one gave us a chance against them. We ended up beating them by a couple of points and it gave us a semi final day out against Kilkenny in Thurles.
ST: If you could sign 3 players from other counties for your team, who would you sign and why?
KR: TJ Reid Kilkenny – An all round player that has everything, who wouldn’t want him!
Tony Kelly Clare – Hurler of the year in 2013 and he’s still only 22. He can play anywhere from 8-15 and you’d be guaranteed 3 points every day he goes out on the field.
Patrick “Bonner” Maher Tipperary – He’s the engine behind the Tipperary forwards and his work rate is unbelievable. A pure nightmare for any back to handle.
ST: Is the general standard of hurling improving or getting worse?
KR: The quality & skill level of hurling has improved significantly over the past few years and the game has gotten faster. Some of the scores that were taken last year were top class i.e. Joe Canning’s ‘Catch & Strike’ goal against Kilkenny, Jason Flynn’s point against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final, where he took the ball down from the puck out and in the same movement struck it over the bar from 70 yards. The only disappointing fact that I notice with the modern game is the lack of ground hurling and it seems to be a dying art.
Quick Fire Round
- Favourite Box set: Breaking Bad
- Favourite movie of all time: The Shawshank Redemption
- Favourite song to listen to before a match: Eminem “Lose Yourself”
- Toughest opponent: Tommy Walsh Kilkenny
- 3 young players from your club to watch out for: Conor O’Leary (Goalie) / Kevin Sheridan (Half Back) / Murtha Doyle (Forward)
- 3 things you would bring with you to a deserted island: Food/helicopter/Wife!!!
- Medal you most cherish in hurling: Leinster Club
- What did you love most about being an inter county hurler: Getting to hurl at the top level against the best players, everyday was a challenge!
- What did you dislike most about being an inter county hurler: Having to go through the heavy slog of training in January & February, I used to love to see the bright evenings coming!
- Favourite holiday destination: Cancun, Mexico
- Favourite soccer team: Arsenal
- Laziest team-mate you played with: Paul Roche – He just doesn’t like training.
- If you could be someone else for one day who would you be: Conor McGregor
- Other sports you have played: Soccer, Rugby, Gaelic Football
- Most annoying person on tv: Keith Lemmon
- 3 people you would like to go to dinner with: Lionel Messi/Nicole Scherzinger/Will Ferrell
- Favourite dinner: Bacon & cabbage
- What age do you think you will retire from club hurling: 34