Day of destiny for footballers
NFL - WICKLOW V. WATERFORD
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’.
NHL - WICKLOW V. ROSCOMMON
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.
LEINSTER HURLING LEAGUE.
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.