DJ crowns return with two goals

HE was the greatest hurler of his generation, a man who drew hundreds of supporters to club matches, just to see him play in the flesh.

HE was the greatest hurler of his generation, a man who drew hundreds of supporters to club matches, just to see him play in the flesh.

DJ Carey, aka The Dodger defied time and togged out his second game of the season at the weekend. Onlookers and team mentors were amazed that he was still in such good shape and moving so fast at 40 years of age and with seemingly no training under his belt. Then again as a hurler, he was that bit special.

The man who won five senior All Ireland medals and nine All Stars, lined out for the Young Irelands’ junior team in the “A” championship clash against Tullaroan at Dicksboro’s club grounds in Palmerstown on Sunday afternoon.

Team mentors were aware that DJ might tog out and were delighted when he stepped out of the car with his kit bag. Although he was on the losing side, Denis Joseph showed more than a few glimpses of why he was regarded as a lethal finisher. He scored 2-1 with one of the goals coming from a penalty. Tullaroan won 2-20 to 3-11 but the large crowd were only talking about one player afterwards.

Playing a week earlier in a Byrne Cup match, he spent the first 40 minutes in goal, deputising for his brother Martin who was on holiday, before coming out and converting a penalty and putting over a pint from play from the full forward position. Gowran’s next Intermediate game is against Conahy Shamrocks on Friday evening, July 8, and don’t rule out the prospect of DJ teaming up with another of the 1988 Kilkenny minor dream team, Charlie Carter to add to their legendary status..