Hurl­ing big guns go head-to-head


Bray People - - Sport - Peter KEOGH

THE GOOD thing about All-Ire­land week­ends is that they give hard­pressed of­fi­cials and club work­ers space to breath, and for the lucky ones than can get their hands on that pre­cious piece of card­board called an Al­lIre­land ticket, a chance of a day out in the rar­efied air of Croke Park.

Just my way of say­ing that the home pro­gramme is lighter than usual this week and mostly con­fined to Satur­day.


The big one of course is the looked for­ward to meet­ing of the cham­pi­ons Glenealy and their main chal­lengers Carnew.

The sides have been evenly matched now for many years with re­sults of their meet­ings vary­ing from year to year.

Glenealy, mainly be­cause they are the cham­pi­ons will start favourites.

How­ever, they do have a lot to rec­om­mend them. Play­ers like Leighton Glynn, Jonathan O’Neill, Michael An­thony O’Neill , Enan Glynn and Alan Driver are scarce enough in this county.

Carnew also have their quoto of star play­ers headed by the one and only Don Hy­land

We hear that Gra­ham Keogh is back in train­ing af­ter his bad ac­ci­dent at work and may even be start­ing which is good news for Carnew sup­port­ers. Then you have the Collins and Do­ran broth­ers, the Kennedys and up and com­ing play­ers like TJ Hen­nessy, Seánie Kin­sella and Brian Os­borne.

Carnew have been con­cen­trat­ing on foot­ball this year while their op­po­nents on Satur­day have no such dis­trac­tions.

That in the end is the main rea­son why we must stay with Glenealy to win.

In the cur­tain-raiser at Aughrim, Avon­dale take on Bray Em­mets, also in the SHC.

The Bray club are the up and com­ing force in the game and af­ter winning their fourth Mi­nor hurl­ing cham­pi­onship they must have a lot of young tal­ent avail­able.

Avon­dale, for many years the real home of hurl­ing in the east, are still great bat­tlers but we must go for the Bray men, who still have an out­side chance of qual­i­fy­ing to win this one.


The Keat­ing Tro­phy, the sec­ond tier of the SFC starts up on Satur­day with two matches at Ark­low.

South neigh­bours Coolkenno and Shil­le­lagh meet in the first match and lo­cal ri­valry alone should in­sure a great bat­tle.

Shil­le­lagh, on their day are one of the best and strong­est Se­nior teams in the county and it should not go un-no­ticed that the two teams that beat them in their group – St. Pat’s and Rath­new are now through to the semi-fi­nals.

Coolkenno are also a force to be reck­oned but the form in their group has not stood the test with both Balt­in­glass and New­town bit­ing the dust in the ‘quar­ters’.

This com­pe­ti­tion has now taken on a new sig­nif­i­cance with rel­e­ga­tion added in for the team that fin­ished on the bot­tom of the pile.

On form Shil­le­lagh must get the vote.

Ti­na­hely must also be pleased with how the form in their group of the cham­pi­onship has panned out with both Kil­te­gan and Bray Em­mets, the two teams that beat them also go­ing through to the semi-fi­nals. They must be fan­cied to beat An Tochar in the sec­ond match.


The action starts on Thurs­day whith the re­play of the Ju­nior C match be­tween Avoca and Bless­ing­ton at Round­wood. Toss a penny on that one.


One match in the IFC on Satur­day. Kil­coole and Kil­bride meet at Laragh with lit­tle bar rel­e­ga­tion at stake. Kil­coole are more than due their first win.


A lot rid­ing on the re­sult of a match be­tween Kilte- gan and En­niskerry at Bless­ing­ton.

While Kil­te­gan have booked their place in the knock­out stages they will be anx­ious to keep their ‘winning streak’ go­ing and fin­ish on top of the ta­ble.

En­niskerry are the only team that can pass out the west men.

A num­ber of teams, no­table St. Pat’s, Rath­new and Kil­mac will be watch­ing this re­sult with great in­ter­est and all of them will be plug­ging a Kil­te­gan win that would keep them in the run­ning for the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing spot.


One match in the JBFC - St Pat’s v. Bray Em­mets at New­town on Tues­day night. This one is wide open.


Three matches in the JHC - Eire Og at home to Aughrim on Satur­day; Avon­dale v. Carnew and Bray Em­mets v. Dunlavin on Sun­day morn­ing.

Bless­ing­ton's Alan El­lis puts pres­sure on St Pat's goal­keeper Robert Hollingsworth dur­ing their Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nal.

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