Martin Storey


Martin Storey
Martin Storey
Personal information
Irish name Máirtín Ó Stoirín
Sport Hurling
Position Half-forward
Born 28 September 1964 (1964-09-28) (age 47)
The Ballagh, County Wexford
Club(s)
Years Club
Oulart-the Ballagh
Club Titles
Wexford titles 5
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
1986-2001 Wexford 31
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 2
All Irelands 1
All Stars 3

Martin Storey (born September 28, 1964 in The Ballagh, County Wexford) is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Oulart-the Ballagh and was a member of the Wexford senior inter-county team from 1986 until 2001. Storey captained Wexford to All-Ireland victory in 1996 and is regarded as one of the county's greatest-ever hurlers. .[1]

Contents

Playing career

Club

Storey played his club hurling with the famous Oulart-the Ballagh club in Wexford. The club had never won a senior county championship title in its history when Storey began his club hurling career. All this changed in 1994 when Oulart-the Ballagh and Storey captured the county title. He added a second county championship to his collection in 1995. A third county medal followed for Storey in 1997. The new century brought further success for the famous side as Storey added two further back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. His side were beaten in their quest for a third consecutive county championship in 2006.[2]

Inter-county

Storey first came to prominence on the inter-county scene in the early 1980s as a member of the Wexford minor and under-21 hurling teams. He had little success in either grade before making his senior championship debut against Kilkenny in 1986.

It was not a happy time to be a Wexford hurler. The county had been pushed back into third place in the Leinster Championship behind both Kilkenny and Offaly. Provincial final appearances in 1988 and 1992 brought nothing but defeat for Storey's team. In 1993 Wexford looked set for glory when they reached the final of the National Hurling League. The opponents on that occasion were Cork, however, the game ended in a draw. The replay saw extra-time being played, however, both sides ended level once again. At the third attempt Cork emerged victorious by 3-11 to 1-12. In spite of this defeat expectations were still high for the Leinster championship. In the final of that competition Wexford drew with arch rivals and All-Ireland champions Kilkenny and there was hope of success. The replay was a different affair as Kilkenny won handily enough by 2-12 to 0-11. In spite of this Storey wa slater presented with his first All-Star award.


Wexford were defeated in the Leinster final again in 1994 before disappearing from the championship at the first hurdle in 1995. By 1996 things were beginning to change in Wexford, thanks in no small way to the new manager Liam Griffin. Storey was appointed captain for the year. Offaly provided the opposition on that occasion; however, history was made as Wexford won by 2-23 to 2-15. It was Storey's first senior Leinster title and Wexford’s first since 1977. Wexford later defeated Galway in the penultimate game of the championship, setting up an All-Ireland final meeting with Limerick. The Munster men were slight favourites going into the game. They were the beaten finalists of 1994 and had already beaten Clare, the reigning champions, in the Munster Championship. The game was far from a classic; however, it did provide excitement. Tom Dempsey was the hero of the day as he scored a goal after nineteen minutes to give Wexford a major advantage. His side led by 1-8 to 0-10 at half-time in spite of having Éamonn Scallan sent off. Wexford took a four-point lead in the second-half; however, this was whittled back to two points as Wexford hung on for the last twenty minutes. The final score of 1-13 to 0-14 showed how vital Dempsey’s goal was. It was Storey's first All-Ireland medal and Wexford’s first since 1968. He was subsequently presented with a second All-Star award.

Storey captured a second Leinster medal in 1997 as Kilkenny fell in the provincial decider. 1997, however, saw the introduction of the so-called ‘back-door’ system whereby the defeated Munster and Leinster finalists were allowed back into the All-Ireland championship at the quarter-final stage. Because of this Wexford’s opponents in the All-Ireland semi-final were Tipperary, the Munster runners-up. On that occasion Wexford were outclassed by Tipp who won by 2-16 to 0-15.

The following few years proved difficult as Wexford and Storey faced a resurgent Kilkenny that would win the next six Leinster titles. In spite of a lack of success on the field of play he won a third All-Star award in 1998. Storey retired from inter-county hurling in 2000 following two years of heavy defeats for Wexford in the provincial championship]].[3] He returned briefly the following season, making substitute appearances against Tipperary in the drawn and replayed All-Ireland semi-finals.

Province

Storey also lined out with Leinster in the inter-provincial hurling championship. He collected two Railway Cup medals as Leinster defeated Ulster in 1993 and Connacht in 1998.

Post-playing career

In retirement from playing Storey has maintained a keen interest in the game. In 2002 he took over as trainer of the Wexford senior camogie team.[4] He has also been involved with the successful Colaiste Bríde teams in Enniscorthy, who have had so much success in All-Ireland schools competitions. While still a senior player Storey had a major influence as part of the management team of the club’s under-21 team. During his tenure as a selector the team regained the county premier championship title. His name has also been mentioned as a possible future manager of the Wexford senior hurling team.

On January 17, 2008 Storey was profiled on the TG4 television programme Laochra Gael.

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
George O'Connor
Wexford Senior Hurling Captain
1996
Succeeded by
Rod Guiney
Preceded by
Rod Guiney
Wexford Senior Hurling Captain
1998
Succeeded by
Paul Codd
Achievements
Preceded by
Anthony Daly
(Clare)
All-Ireland Hurling Senior
winning captain

1996
Succeeded by
Anthony Daly
(Clare)

Teams


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