Kick Fada in Bray
A HOST of top names will battle it out for the honour of Ireland’s longest kicker at Bray Emmet’s grounds in Old Conna next Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Reigning MBNA Kick Fada champion John Brennan ( Carlow) will find himself going head to head with three previous winners, Mark Herbert ( Kildare), Pádraig Kelly (Offaly) and Fintan Ruddy (Mayo) as well as an impressive line-up of inter-county big hitters.
These include Meath’s Joe Sheridan, Ross Munnelly (Laois), Mark Vaughan ( Dublin), Dick Clerkin ( Monaghan), Paul Hearty ( Armagh), Marty McGrath ( Fermanagh), Liam McBarron (Fermanagh), Johnnie Magee ( Dublin), Gerry Gill ( Donegal), Alan Brogan and Conal Keaney ( Dublin) and Paddy Keenan (Louth) to name but a dozen.
Bray would normally have a few players, Paul O’Keeffe, Conor Flannery and Niall Gaffney, who are competitive at this level but with the Seniors playing St. Pat’s in the county semi-final on Sunday, manager Liam McGraynor may not allow his charges to participate for fear of injury.
A top class ladies field is also being lined up while the day would not be the same without the MBNA Mini All- Ireland where clubs from eight counties take part in a hurlingfest at the club.
The day will be compered by RTE legend Micheal O Muircheartaigh.