Neary says there’s lit­tle be­tween teams

IN­TER­VIEWS MARK KENNEDY SPEAKS TO BOTH CAMPS AHEAD OF THE HURL­ING FI­NAL

Bray People - - Sport -

GLENEALY’S MAN­AGER Mick Neary is of the view that Wick­low’s Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal holds the in­gre­di­ents to be a very in­ter­est­ing con­test when­ever it takes place.

But he adds: ‘It is dis­ap­point­ing that even be­fore the cham­pi­onship starts back in April we know what teams are go­ing to be in the fi­nal in Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber.

‘It would be great to see other clubs step­ping up to the mark and get­ting to the de­cider, mak­ing for greater com­pe­ti­tion in this cham­pi­onship.

‘This time of year with softer pitches lends it­self to tighter matches but even without that there is very lit­tle be­tween Glenealy and Carnew at any time of year.

‘Carnew have been very strong this year. They have been play­ing a lot of foot­ball this sea­son, so the fit­ness lev­els of the play­ers will be very high; and young guns like Seánie Kin­sella, Brian Os­borne and TJ Hen­nessy are fast im­prov­ing hurlers.

Carnew have al­ready proved that point by beat­ing us in the group stages and go­ing on to take the league ti­tle.

‘Re­sults be­tween us over the last cou­ple of years have shown very lit­tle be­tween the teams and I feel that the fi­nal will come down at the end of the day to the team that makes least mis­takes and shows that flash of bril­liance, they will be the ones to win.

‘In Joe Mur­phy, Don Hy­land and Timmy Collins, Carnew have three class for­wards and all three are county play­ers. In­deed Carnew have be­tween eight and nine county play­ers in their team, which shows the amount of tal­ent they pos­sess.

‘Be­tween in­juries and one thing and an­other, we in Glenealy had only one man on the county team this year - Jonathan O’Neill. In the past, fi­nals be­tween the two clubs have been very close af­fairs and I do not see this one be­ing any dif­fer­ent.

‘There­fore, it is im­por­tant that Glenealy have a player of the cal­i­bre of Leighton Glynn avail­able to them. His per­for­mances in past county fi­nals have been re­mark­able. He is a big game player, a hurler that no team could af­ford to be without. He has won two or three man-of-the­match awards which go to show what a nat­u­ral tal­ent he is.

‘We have other strong play­ers in Trevor McGrath, Jonathan and MA O’Neill and Enan Glynn, who has blos­somed in the last cou­ple of years and won the man-of-the­match award in last year’s fi­nal.

Mick Neary does not feel Glenealy will be favourites go­ing into the fi­nal.

‘I think th­ese fi­nals be­tween Glenealy and Carnew are 50-50 games and it will all be down to per­for­mance on the day. No one can pre­de­ter­mine how a team is go­ing to play on the day.

‘You ex­pect a level of per­for­mance from your big play­ers but as I have al­ready said it will all come down to the team that makes the least mis­takes and shows that flash of ge­nius and bril­liance; that’s what will de­cide the fi­nal.

‘Of course we hope to be suc­cess­ful; we have put a lot work into it. Cer­tainly we will not con­cede eas­ily but I am sure that Carnew will want to stop us winning too. Both clubs and teams have a big in­cen­tive to win.

‘This year Carnew com­peted in divi­sion one of the Le­in­ster league and were un­lucky not to progress from their group; we in Glenealy took part in divi­sion two and got to the semi-fi­nal.

‘Le­in­ster com­pe­ti­tions have been bril­liant for all Wick­low clubs, who have lim­ited com­pe­ti­tion in hurl­ing on the home front, Le­in­ster com­pe­ti­tions give Wick­low teams ex­tra qual­ity games.

‘Cer­tainly Glenealy have en­joyed play­ing in the Le­in­ster league this year and we would like to win the se­nior cham­pi­onship as it opens the door for us to fur­ther such com­pe­ti­tion in the Le­in­ster Club

‘The win­ners of the cham­pi­onship will be due to play the Kil­dare cham­pi­ons in the Le­in­ster in­ter­me­di­ate grade at Ark­low and ei­ther Glenealy or Carnew would feel con­fi­dent go­ing into that game.

‘Last year the Le­in­ster Club hurl­ing clashed with the county foot­ball fi­nal and we did not have Leighton Glynn for that match ei­ther. In Wick­low, we have to look at play­ing off our Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship ear­lier in the year.

‘Glenealy are an ex­clu­sively hurl­ing club and a very com­pet­i­tive one at that.

‘We want to win ev­ery game we play in and any com­pe­ti­tion we play in we given it 100 per­cent.’

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