Day of des­tiny for foot­ballers

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH


What­ever the trip to Water­ford may bring at the week­end, what­ever the re­sult of the match may be this is near enough the end of the road in the 2010 league for Micko and his men.

Al­right there are still two rounds to go but Wick­low have their free day on Sun­day week.

And in the last round we are at home to Kilkenny.

Without a doubt Sun­day, for league pur­poses at least, is our day of des­tiny. A win and it will be hard to stop us from get­ting pro­mo­tion.

De­pend­ing on other re­sults, and there are a lot of very in­ter­est­ing matches to be played in the divi­sion still, we could even end up top­ping the ta­ble.

Four teams are still in con­tention for the two qual­i­fy­ing places. Clare top the ta­ble on ten points, Wick­low are in sec­ond place on nine; Water­ford are on eight points with Lim­er­ick on seven.

Lim­er­ick will pick up two easy points at the ex­pense of Kilkenny this week­end; Clare have a sticky one away to Long­ford but without doubt the match of the round is Water­ford at home to Wick­low.

Lim­er­ick play Clare in the sec­ond last round when Wick­low will be free and Water­ford play Kilkenny.

In the last round Water­ford play Clare and Lim­er­ick are at home to Leitrim.

Wick­low will fin­ish with a match against Kilkenny in Aughrim.

So you can see why Sun­day’s game is so im­por­tant to Wick­low.

It is our last pos­si­ble ba­nanna skin and if we get over that we should be in Easy Street.

The big change in Wick­low foot­ball this year is that in the past we started well but than faded near the end.

Now we are putting in storm­ing fin­ishes, which the fans love but in re­cent matches we have been slow starters and very of­ten leave our­selves a lot to do at the fin­ish. One of th­ese days we are go­ing to make that ‘too much to do’.


Af­ter three rounds of matches Casey O’Brien has his team sit­ting pretty on top of the ta­ble with full points. If re­sults so far are any thing to go by this is go­ing to be a three-horse race.

Louth and Roscom­mon are in sec­ond and third places but both have dropped points.

Wick­low’s match against Roscom­mon at Ark­low on Sun­day gives us a great chance to gain re­venge for a de­feat by the ‘Rossies’ in the Ke­hoe Cup ear­lier this year.

But Roscom­mon, trained by the great Gal­way hurler P.J. Qual­ter will be no push over.

The mem­ory of that win in the Ke­hoe Cup will boost their con­fi­dence.

How­ever, Wick­low have put in a lot of train­ing since then; Casey has beefed up his panel and con­fi­dence is grow­ing in the camp.

A win in this match would put Wick­low into a very strong po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

Their next match is away to Ty­rone and they would not be play­ing the other strong team, Louth un­til the last round of the league

Joe Mur­phy is still out and will be a big loss. In fact he is still in hospi­tal and we wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.

A Wick­low win but it will be close.


The Le­in­ster Club Hurl­ing League starts on Satur­day with most of the Wick­low clubs tak­ing part Last year the league was deemed to be suc­cess­ful and pro­vided badly needed matches for play­ers on the run up to the start of our own Leagues and Cham­pi­onships. Ba­si­cally this league is for play­ers that are in need of games.

It had the added ad­van­tage of get­ting away from play­ing the neigh­bours chil­dren all he time. It does have some dis­ad­van­tages, one of them be­ing the dual player, in par­tic­u­lar the player with af­fil­i­a­tions to two clubs, or even two county teams.


Divi­sion 1 of the SFL starts this week on Fri­day with Balt­in­glass at home to Dunlavn and Hol­ly­wood vis­it­ing Grey­stones to play Eire Og.

On Satur­day Strat­fotrd-Grange­con travel to Ark­low to play AGB while un­beaten Rath­new are at home to New­town.

On Sun­day St. Pat’s host Donard/Glen..

Wick­low's Paul Earls and Lim­er­ick's Pádraig Browne com­pete for pos­ses­sion.

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