Wicklow out to chalk up big win over Cats
A LIGHT list on the inter-county front this weekend. Wicklow's only match is against Kilkenny down in Nowlan Park and with all due respect to the Cats, this is a match that Wicklow should win, writesPeterKeogh.
The one unsavoury thing about this match is that while Wicklow are unbeaten and at or near the top of the table, their score difference at this point in time does not match up to that of their closest rivals. What that means is that they will be going all out on Sunday to put on the biggest score they can manage.
Not our fault but that of the people that have the job of structuring the League. It is totally unfair to Kilkenny who are struggling to keep the game going in the face of unimaginable pressure from hurling. It would be a simple thing to have just not counted the scores in the Kilkenny matches when working out score difference.
That would mean that teams, as they did in the past, could do some experimenting in this match and be happy enough with a narrow enough victory.
Anyway it is a match that Wicklow should be able to win at their ease and will keep their unbeaten record intact and leave them still at or close to the top of the table. Of course as things stand now, it is unlikely that score difference will come into the equation at all.
MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Hugh Kenny's Minor footballers have their first home match in the Leinster League on Saturday. At the moment they have two points from two matches, winning down in Kilkenny and losing away to Westmeath.
This match on Saturday will be played in the new Bray Emmets grounds at Old Conna and will give Hugh and his selectors a better chance to sum up the strength or weakness of their panel. This team also travelled to Waterford for a friendly on Sunday and came away with a win.
LEINSTER CLUB HURLING LEAGUE
Wicklow clubs have certainly got a good draw in the first round of the Leinster Club League which will be played on Saturday.
Carnew, Glenealy A, Eire Og, Bray Emmets, Avondale and Glenealy B all have home games. The only two teams to have to travel away are Kiltegan who must travel to Offaly to play Killurin and Arklow Rocks who will be down in Kilkenny playing against Clara.
This League is filling a void in our hurling programme and providing very valuable experience for some of our younger players.
Matches also in Division 1 of the Senior Football League on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see fixture list).
PADDY MCGEE MEMORIAL CUP
The Blessington club have decided to honour one of their former players and great clubman Paddy McGee by staging a football tournament in his memory. The first Annual Paddy Magee Memorial Cup will be played on Thursday (St Patrick's Day) in Blessington at 11.30 a.m.
Blessington v. Ballymore (Leinster Champions). Referee: Eddie Craul
Admission €5, all proceeds to be divided between Blessington and Ballymore Senior Citizens.