Town’s Par­a­lympian he­roes re­turn home

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BRAY’S Par­a­lympian he­roes Padraic Mo­ran and Gary Mes­set may be re­turn­ing home from China on Fri­day without medals af­ter the games in Bei­jing, but they made a valiant ef­fort none­the­less and have both ex­celled in their re­spec­tive fields.

Boc­cia player Padraic Mo­ran came within mil­lime­tres of pro­gress­ing to the semi-fi­nals last week, while the 7-a-side soc­cer team on which Gary Mes­set was a mem­ber took sixth place af­ter los­ing 4-2 to the Dutch yes­ter­day.

The Boc­cia team hopes were fur­ther dashed last Thurs­day when they were beaten early in the com­pe­ti­tion. Mo­ran, how­ever, is now the fifth best player in the world.

‘It hasn’t re­ally sunk in yet,’ said Padraic. ‘It has been great but I’m very tired now and we’re all dy­ing to get home - it’s get­ting a bit like Big Brother here!’ He added that over­all, the Ir­ish team had done very well, with a to­tal of 23 ath­letes get­ting in to the quar­ter fi­nals, semi fi­nals and fi­nals.

‘Sixth place is great for the soc­cer team,’ said Padraic, ‘It’s an im­prove­ment for them on Athens where they came in eighth.’

He added that it was disap- point­ing, how­ever, for them not to have beaten the Dutch, in what was be­ing billed as a ‘grudge match’ af­ter Hol­land beat Ire­land in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

‘The at­mos­phere is fan­tas­tic over here though,’ added Padraic. ‘And the cov­er­age of the games back home has been phe­nom­e­nal. But we are looking for­ward to fly­ing in to Dublin on Fri­day evening.’

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