Bren­nan con­tin­u­ing Mi­nor and Un­der-21 spon­sor­ship


Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

HOTE­LIER BRIAN Bren­nan, one of the lead­ing spon­sors and sup­port­ers of Wick­low GAA, has yet again spon­sored the gear for the county U-21 and Mi­nor foot­ball teams.

This is Brian’s sev­enth sea­son sup­port­ing the GAA in Wick­low with his spon­sor­ship which em­braces all age strata at this stage.

For the for­mer greats of club foot­ball in the county he pro­vides the ju­bilee awards for the county cham­pi­ons of 25 years ago on county fi­nal day each year.

For the present foot­ball stars he spon­sors the player of the year awards; while he pro­vides the play­ing gear for the U-21 and Mi­nor county teams.

The county U-21s will be the first in action in their new strip, tak­ing the field away to Long­ford in the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship next Sun­day, Fe­bru- ary 8, the al­lur­ing prize for victory be­ing that they will have home matches for the re­main­der of the cham­pi­onship.

The Mi­nor foot­ballers will not get their first taste of Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship action un­til April 16 when they will have Kil­dare at home.

Philip McGilly­cuddy’s U-21s have been train­ing hard for some time now, but Brian Doyle’s Mi­nors - sim­i­lar to the sit­u­a­tion with the Se­niors - have been pre­vented by Croke Park from com­menc­ing train­ing un­til March 1 to avoid player ‘burnout’.

It will be re­called that in 2008 Wick­low’s U-21s and Mi­nors were both beaten by Wex­ford op­po­nents in the sec­ond round when they looked good enough in their ear­lier wins over Laois and Of­faly re­spec­tively to progress fur­ther in the cham­pi­onship race.

Just re­cently Wick­low’s Vo­ca­tional Schools county team lost by a mere one point to Kil­dare (1-5 to 0-7) in the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship and since then Kil­dare have reached the pro­vin­cial fi­nal, beat­ing Dublin along the way.

If the Vo­ca­tional Schools foot­ball is any guide, then Wick­low’s Mi­nors are in with a good chance of turn­ing the ta­bles on Kil­dare on April 16.

Brian Bren­nan, the owner of a chain of ho­tels in­clud­ing the Ark­low Bay, handed over the new jer­seys for the U-21s and Mi­nors at the Ark­low ho­tel on Fri­day night last and he was rightly praised by Mick Ha­gan, county vice-chair­man, and Jimmy Dunne for his loy­alty, sup­port and gen­eros­ity over the years.

As Mick Ha­gan said that if Wick­low could win a Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship there would be no prouder man that Brian Bren­nan. Mr. Ho­gan also went on to praise the play­ers for their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion and he as­sured both squads that the County Board was fully be­hind them, hop­ing that they can achieve suc­cess.

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