TAK­ING A BREATHER!

Tough Far­ney test for Wick­low Un­der-21s

Bray People - - SPORT -

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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