Wick­low out to chalk up big win over Cats

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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