A right hoolie for the hurlers

Wick­low hurlers pre­sented with a col­lec­tion of medals at spe­cial shindig in Ernie’s

Bray People - - SPORT - DAVE MUR­RAY at Ernie’s Bar, Wick­low

THE Wick­low hurl­ing team had their long awaited medals pre­sen­ta­tion night in Wick­low Town on Satur­day night last.

With two sets of Na­tional Hurl­ing League medals (2011 and 2014) and two sets Christy Ring Cup run­ners-up medals (2011 and 2012) there was a lot to cel­e­brate for this great group of play­ers.

While this was an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate ev­ery­one present was acutely aware that Jim Con­nors, who was very much a cat­a­lyst to this suc­cess was un­able to at­tend due to ill­ness.

The popular St. Pa­trick’s and Wick­low player was missed on the night by his many col­leagues and friends who send their best wishes.

One of Wick­low’s great hurl­ing ser­vants, Mick Ha­gan, as­sumed the man­tel of master of cer­e­monies for the night and wel­comed the as­sem­bled play­ers and guests.

Not­ing that not only did were the 2014 county and club play­ers of the year, John Hen­der­son and Mikey Lee, present, but also in attendance was Stephen Kelly who was on the 2014 Christy Ring team of the year.

Mick re­minded ev­ery­one of the hard-fought league fi­nal vic­tory against Derry in 2011 when Wick­low came from be­hind to take the hon­ors.

Cap­tain on that day was the in­com­pa­ra­ble Jonathan O’Neill.

2011 was also the year that Wick­low hurl­ing peo­ple will long re­mem­ber when we made the short trek to Croke Park for the Christy Ring Fi­nal, un­for­tu­nately los­ing out that day to a very slick Kerry team.

Enan Glynn was the cap­tain in 2012 when Wick­low came to Croke Park for a sec­ond Christy Ring Fi­nal in a row but as was the case in 2011 we came out sec­ond best when we faced up to a Lon- don side which was stacked with ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers from all of the ma­jor hurl­ing coun­ties of Ire­land.

Last in the list of medals to be pre­sented was the 2014 Na­tional Hurl­ing League medals.

Cap­tur­ing the Di­vi­sion 2B ti­tle and pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion 2A for 2015 in the play-off fi­nal against a de­ter­mined Down side was very much the high­light of the year.

This team was cap­tained by Wayne O’Gor­man who was also a mem­ber of the 2011/12 teams.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that Wick­low’s Mikey Lee with 58 points fin­ished the league as the third high­est scorer com­ing in be­hind no less than Sea­mus Cal­lanan of Tip­per­ary on 77 points and Pa­trick Horgan of Cork with 60 points.

Through all of this suc­cess the team has been guided by a great man­ager in Casey O’Brien who along with cur­rent se­lec­tors Brian Glee­son, Em­met O’Sul­li­van and Robert Doyle and past se­lec­tors Gerry Mur­ray and Jim Bob Doyle.

The St. Pa­trick’s Wick­low Town man has brought much glory to the county dur­ing his ten­ure and this fact was em­pha­sised by County Chair­man, Martin Cole­man who told the as­sem­bled guests that the County Board is very happy to support the work of Casey and his back room team.

Martin also said that the del­e­gate who be­moaned the lack of in­ter county suc­cess at our re­cent county con­ven­tion would have done well to be in attendance and wit­ness this great oc­ca­sion.

Martin re­served spe­cial thanks for Mr. Wick­low hurl­ing, Jackie Napier for his many years of ded­i­cated work and although Jackie will now step down from the man- age­ment com­mit­tee there is no doubt that wher­ever a Wick­low team takes to the field Jackie will be some­where in attendance of­fer­ing ad­vice and support.

The speeches were rounded off by our County GAA Pres­i­dent Peter Keogh who echoed the sen­ti­ments of the other speak­ers in thank­ing the play­ers and man­age­ment.

Peter noted the new in­flux ex­cit­ing young play­ers who are fast be­com­ing the back­bone to the team. The work rate and com­mit­ment of th­ese young lads al­lied with the ex­pe­ri­ence, drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the older play­ers bodes well for our com­ing sea­son. Peter fin­ished by chal­leng­ing the squad to take that step and push on to take the Christy Ring Cup in 2015.

For more pho­tos go to the Wick­low Peo­ple Sport Face­book page.

Casey O’Brien, Jackie Napier, and Brian Glee­son en­joy­ing the awards night for the Wick­low hurlers.

County Chair­man Martin Cole­man un­leashes his sav­age sense of hu­mour on Jackie Napier and Mick Ha­gan.

Martin Cole­man presents Mikey Lee with his medal.

Billy Cud­dihy with the ‘Most Colour­ful Tie’ award win­ner Pat Mitchell.

John Hen­der­son col­lects his medal from County Chair­man Martin Cole­man.

We think the mes­sage that Billy Cud­dihy, Peter Keane, and Stephen Kelly are try­ing to get across is that Ro­nan Keddy is the best hurler in Wick­low but we’re not en­tirely sure.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.