Hunger is key says Doyle

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CARNEW AND Glenealy have been the two dom­i­nant Se­nior hurl­ing teams in the county this decade, al­ter­nat­ing cham­pi­onship ti­tles be­tween them since 2001.

Glenealy are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and Carnew are the 2008 league cham­pi­ons, leav­ing both with the in­cen­tive to avenge de­feats by Sun­day’s op­po­nents on their way to their re­spec­tive ti­tles.

Carnew’s man­ager Robert Doyle said that both teams will be short a cou­ple of key play­ers and so Sun­day’s fi­nal will be a test of the re­spec­tive strength of their pan­els.

Leighton Glynn, who is in Aus­tralia for the in­ter­na­tional rules games, and in­jured Wayne O’Gor­man are ab­sent from Glenealy’s start­ing fif­teen, while reg­u­lar full-back Gra­ham Keogh is a non-starter for Carnew and Joe Mur­phy is very doubt­ful as a re­sult of a knee in­jury.

‘It looks as if in­juries and ab­sen­tees will bal­ance each other out. I ex­pect the fi­nal to be a very good game and winning the ti­tle will come down to which of the two teams wants the tro­phy the most,’ Robert Doyle said.

Robert Doyle, who has fig­ured on a num­ber of Carnew’s cham­pi­onship winning sides in the past, says: ‘Glenealy have done a lot of hurl­ing this year and they will be up for it on Sun­day. As a dual club, pre­par­ing our foot­ballers to win the In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship has im­pacted on the train­ing of our hurlers.

‘Un­like Glenealy, we were not able to ar­range many prac­tice matches as the foot­ballers were in action when the hurlers were off. Apart from a few ex­cep­tions, both teams are made up from the same bunch of play­ers.

‘How­ever we are im­prov­ing all the time. We are work­ing on our first touch hurl­ing and sharp­en­ing up our game and hope­fully we will be good enough on Sun­day’ Robert added.

‘Yes we have beaten Glenealy al­ready this year in the league sec­tion, but that will count for noth­ing on Sun­day. League is one thing, Cham­pi­onship is some­thing else al­to­gether. Teams raise their game for the cham­pi­onship and you can see that Glenealy have stepped up their game a gear since then.’

‘The fact that we beat then in the league is go­ing to give Glenealy a huge in­cen­tive for Sun­day, they will be up for it. We have to raise the bar for our­selves in terms of com­mit­ment and ef­fort. On Sun­day it is go­ing to be a case of the team that re­ally wants it, that’s the team that’s go­ing to win it. I think there is not much be­tween the sides re­ally’.

‘We are im­prov­ing with ev­ery train­ing ses­sion and are ab­so­lutely looking for­ward to Sun­day. While it is very hard for a team to put back-to-back ti­tles to­gether th­ese days, its very hard to keep play­ers mo­ti­vated, Glenealy do not ap­pear to have dropped off from last year. Glenealy are re­ally looking good.

‘We have won the In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship ti­tle al­ready and that is go­ing to be a great in­cen­tive to our hurlers to com­plete the dou­ble. The last time we won a Se­nior dou­ble was 1973. It is not go­ing to be easy to achieve and it will take huge com­mit­ment from the play­ers.

‘I feel this is go­ing to be a cracker of a hurl­ing fi­nal. One of our great as­sets this year has been our dis­ci­pline on the field, Glenealy are very dis­ci­plined too. Both teams fo­cus on let­ting their hurl­ing do the talk­ing. Hope­fully the weather will be good and we can then look for­ward to a great game of hurl­ing.

‘Hurl­ing games be­tween us seem to bring out the best in both our teams. Without doubt we will be go­ing all out for victory on Sun­day.

‘To win the foot­ball and hurl­ing ti­tles has been our aim from the start of the year. We will be try­ing our heart out to bring off that elu­sive dou­ble’.

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