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