Hunger is key says Doyle
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’.