No place in Le­in­ster for In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons Glenealy’s sec­ond string are not al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

GLENEALY’S SEC­OND string hurlers were crowned In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons in Wick­low at the week­end but yet they will not be able to take part in the Le­in­ster Club com­pe­ti­tion.

As a weaker hurl­ing county Wick­low are rep­re­sented in the Le­in­ster Ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion by their In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons but Glenealy can­not par­tic­i­pate be­cause the rules says that in­ter­me­di­ate teams of se­nior clubs are in­el­i­gi­ble.

The other two In­ter­me­di­ate teams in this year’s Wick­low cham­pi­onship - beaten fi­nal­ists Carnew and Kil­te­gan - are also from Se­nior clubs; so it looks at this stage as if Wick­low have no team el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the Le­in­ster Club Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship.

Now Wick­low County Board is ex­pected to seek per­mis­sion for the Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­ons from the county to be al­lowed to take part in­stead.

Mean­time the way has been cleared for Wick­low’s Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal to take place on the first week­end of Oc­to­ber as planned.

And the fi­nal will be a re­peat of the 2006 de­cider af­ter St. Pa­trick’s from Wick­low beat Bray Em­mets and Kil­te­gan de­feated Rath­new in the two semi- fi­nal matches at Aughrim at the week­end.

Kil­te­gan went into the 2006 fi­nal as hot favourites with the book­ies as well as most foot­ball fans, but they are hardly likely to for­get the drub­bing they got from the Wick­low town team, with Paul Earls be­ing the ex­e­cu­tioner supreme on that oc­ca­sion.

Earls is back near his dev­as­tat­ing best again this cham­pi­onship cam­paign but whether or not that turns out to be a bad omen for Kil­te­gan we’ll just have to wait and see.

One thing is for sure Kil­te­gan are hardly likely to go into this year’s fi­nal brim­ming with the over­con­fi­dence that was to prove their down­fall two years ago.

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