Star-stud­ded line-up for an­nual Kick Fada

Bray People - - Sport -

THE BIG kick­ers come into town on Satur­day week (Septem­ber 13) for the ninth an­nual MBNA Bray Em­mets Kick Fada at Old Conna grounds know­ing that a na­tional ti­tle and a celtic cross is at stake.

Tra­di­tion­ally it has been some­thing of a goal­keeper-fest but this year the out­field­ers will make a re­newed as­sault on the ti­tle in the hope of do­ing the busi­ness.

It is with great joy we wel­come the record holder Mark Her­bert back. Mark was the ini­tial trail­blazer in this com­pe­ti­tion and his 72me­tre kick to win the sec­ond Kick Fada in 2001 is likely to stay for a long time.

Dublin’s Mark Vaughan has threat­ened to come through and win the com­pe­ti­tion over the past three years and if he were to go all the way, it would make up in some mea­sure for the dis­ap­point­ment of the Ty­rone de­feat.

A top class team is cur­rently be­ing as­sem­bled for the com­pe­ti­tion now that the All-Ire­land run­ners is down to Kerry and Ty­rone. Fer­managh’s Liam Bar­ron has been a con­sis­tent sup­porter of the Bray com­pe­ti­tion and is ex­pected to be joined by fel­low county man Marty McGrath this year. Among the for­mer win­ners com­pet­ing will be two-time champ Pádraig Kelly from Of­faly and Mayo’s Fin­tan Ruddy with last year’s holder John Bren­nan from Car­low also in the mix

The dark horses for the com­pe­ti­tion may come from Kil­dare as Mick Wright showed great form be­fore go­ing out last year and for­mer Sun­der­land youth star Shane Harte who al­most won the com­pe­ti­tion three years ago be­fore be­ing edged out by Kelly.

With the Bray Se­nior foot­ballers play­ing in the county semi-fi­nal against St Pat’s on the fol­low­ing day, the lo­cal in­ter­est will rest on the shoul­ders of goal­keeper Paul O’Ke­effe, who in the past has chal­lenged for ul­ti­mate hon­ours and has a third as a best fin­ish.

There will be hurl­ing and camogie games around the pitches at Old Conna too.

Long kick­ing is an art form and on Satur­day week, we hope you en­joy the Sport­fest put on by the best in this dis­ci­pline through­out the coun­try. Un­like other com­pe­ti­tions re­quir­ing dis­tance, the MBNA Kick Fada also re­quires the added com­po­nent of ac­cu­racy – the goal width is twice that of an or­di­nary G.A.A. goal – mean­ing only those with kick­ing fi­nesse can hope to chal­lenge for the ul­ti­mate ac­co­lade.

List of likely par­tic­i­pants: John Bren­nan – HOLDER (Car­low), Mark Her­bert (Kil­dare), Padraig Kelly (Of­faly), Paul Hearty (Ar­magh), Liam McBar­ron (Fer­managh), Mark Vaughan (Dublin), Mick Wright (Kil­dare), Marty McGrath (Fer­managh), Shane Harte (Kil­dare), Enda Mur­phy (Kil­dare), Shane Duffy (Mon­aghan), Tom Kelly (Laois), Dar­ren Magee (Dublin), Gary Con­naughton (West­meath), James Mas­ters (Cork), Paul O’Ke­effe (Wick­low), Daithi Re­gan (Meath), Jonny Magee (Dublin), Mick O’Ke­effe (Dublin).

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