Neary says there’s little between teams
INTERVIEWS MARK KENNEDY SPEAKS TO BOTH CAMPS AHEAD OF THE HURLING FINAL
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.’