TAKING A BREATHER!
Tough Farney test for Wicklow Under-21s
CHRISTMAS is all but a distant memory at this stage as the New Year bells are about to chime and with them comes the start of a brand new GAA season that kicks off for the Garden County on Saturday afternoon in Castleblayney, County Monaghan of all places.
It’s there that Jonathan Daniels must bring his Wicklow Under-21 football side to face the home team in the first round of the Hastings Cup and it is almost certain to be a baptism of fire as the Farney fortunes have been flying in recent years.
Preparations for the Under-21 footballers have gone well by all accounts but it’s impossible to tell where any team is until they are faced with competitive fixtures and the Hastings Cup will definitely provide three humdingers.
The game will throw in at 11.30am and will precede Monaghan’s first round game in the Bank of Ireland McKenna Cup campaign when they will face University Ulster Jordanstown, throw in at 2pm.
Daniels and his back room team will want to get the campaign off to a good start with follow on games pitting Wicklow against Westmeath at home coming up on the 10th followed by an away trip to Mayo on January 17.
The Wicklow Senior footballers are out on Sunday in Blessington at 2pm when they welcome I.T. Carlow to town for Johnny Magee’s first competitive fixture as manager. No doubt there will be experimentation galore with two more games coming thick and fast; they face D.I.T. on Wednesday night in Bray and Wexford in Gorey on Sunday, January 11 at 2pm.
The Senior squad have played several practice games and all eyes will be on the panel to see who will play for Wicklow in 2015.
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