There may have been some controversy in GAA circles of late surrounding players who engage in two codes — football and hurling — at inter-county level but right now one high-profile Ulster player is achieving considerable success in serving two masters.
Liam Watson has not only collected an Antrim senior hurling championship medal with his club Loughgiel in recent weeks but he was also a Vodafone Allstar nominee and is now strongly in contention for a place on the Gaelic Players Association Team of the Year.
And despite his rather hectic hurling itinerary Watson has been able to turn out regularly for Donegal Celtic in the Irish League, underlining his skills as an attacking ace with the west Belfast club.
This weekend Watson will be in pursuit of yet another hurling honour when he lines out with Loughgiel Shamrocks against Keady Lamh Dhearg in the Ulster Club Hurling Championship Final at Casement Park.
Victory here would project P J O’Mullan’s side into the All-Ireland Club Championship title race but Watson’s focus is on the Armagh champions.
“It’s great to be in the provincial final but we won’t be taking anything for granted. I’m kept busy on all sporting fronts but I’m not complaining,” says the player whose scoring exploits have underpinned what has been a very lucrative year for Loughgiel to date.
In the Antrim semi-final against the reigning champions Dunloy and again in the decider against a fancied Cushendall side he was the team’s top scorer before he further cemented his reputation against Down champions Ballygalget in the Ulster Club semi-final.
Not surprisingly, the Loughgiel management will be pinning their hopes on another helping of Watson’s accuracy from play and from frees to take them past Armagh title-holders Keady in Sunday’s showdown.