HURLERS SET FOR BAT­TLE

Un­der-21s face Rossies in All-Ire­land B clash

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW’S un­der-21 hurlers will take to the field in Pearse’s Park, Ark­low, this Satur­day on the first step on their All-Ire­land B cham­pi­onship jour­ney.

It’s a crown that Wick­low man­aged to win back in 2015 and af­ter hav­ing a suc­cess­ful year with the Se­nior hurlers, man­ager Séa­mus Mur­phy will be out to match the feat of two sea­sons ago.

It’s a task that the Wex­ford man ac­cepts will be a dif­fi­cult one as he ac­knowl­edges that over the last cou­ple of years Wick­low have had lit­tle or no suc­cess at Mi­nor level. How­ever, Mur­phy says he has a team which is driven and hard-work­ing and will give the Rossies a right crack in Ark­low on Satur­day.

“We came to­gether as a team seven or eight weeks ago and to be fair the lads have all put in a mighty ef­fort. Ob­vi­ously when you’re try­ing to train when the club sea­son is in full flow and a lot of our lads would have dual com­mit­ments as well it can be a chal­lenge but we’ve trained every Mon­day night and the ap­pli­ca­tion from ev­ery­one has been bril­liant.

“A lot of lads would be com­ing to train­ing hav­ing played a tough match on a Satur­day or a Sun­day and maybe are a bit tired but ev­ery­one re­ally has put their best foot for­ward.

“We’ve played four chal­lenge games since com­ing to­gether and we’ve learned a lot from them and in fair­ness our ap­pli­ca­tion in all the games was very good. We had two good tus­sles with Pat’s Se­nior team which we lost nar­rowly and then had good wins over Glenealy In­ter­me­di­ates and Bally­bo­den’s se­cond team on Mon­day night.

“We ro­tated the team around so all the lads got a fair chance to stake their claim and we feel we have a fair idea now of the 15 that will line out on Satur­day. It’ll take a squad ef­fort though so the lads on the bench will have just as big a role to play.”

Wick­low will prob­a­bly go into Satur­day’s match against the West men has slight favourites con­sid­er­ing they have home ad­van­tage but Mur­phy is well aware that a mighty chal­lenge awaits his side.

“We cer­tainly will be go­ing with a one match at a time mantra and won’t be look­ing past Roscom­mon. Like our­selves Roscom­mon might not be con­sid­ered a hurl­ing heavy weight but they cer­tainly have some very good hurlers and have been liv­ing in the shadow of Gal­way’s suc­cess over there so they’ll be fully de­ter­mined to come down to Ark­low and top­ple us.

“We have a few in­juries to con­tend with as well so we re­ally will have to bring our A game if we’re go­ing to stand a chance.”

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