No luck for Raftery in four-in-a-row bid

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - Sto­ries be­hind the scenes

THE LATE former Co. Chair­man Paddy Wick­ham was a great man for G.A.A. trivia, so to hon­our his mem­ory we’ll pose a lit­tle brain-teaser of our own this week. Name the Wex­ford­man who has played a county Se­nior cham­pi­onship fi­nal al­ready this year, fin­ish­ing on the los­ing side?

The lo­cal ver­sions won’t be tak­ing place un­til Oc­to­ber at the ear­li­est, but two de­ciders were held in re­cent weeks.

First up was Mon­aghan hurl­ing, to be fol­lowed last Satur­day by the Kilkenny foot­ball fi­nal. And it is to Nore­side that we turn for our an­swer.

Rai­l­yard went into the game seek­ing a fourth ti­tle on the trot, but the Moneen­roe club’s quest was de­nied by Mul­li­na­vat who swept to their first crown since 2007, and only sec­ond in to­tal, on a de­ci­sive 3-12 to 2-5 score­line

And the los­ing team fea­tured former Kilmore player Noel Raftery at right half-for­ward. While our Kilkenny friends still haven’t come to terms with the spell­ing of his name, la­belling him ‘Raf­ferty’ in the match pro­gramme, there was no mis­tak­ing the fa­mil­iar gait of the blonde at­tacker whose team-mates in­cluded Paddy McConigley at full-back, the ex-Done­gal and Lon­don in­ter-county foot­baller.

A num­ber of former Good Coun­sel pupils fea­tured on the tri­umphant Mul­li­na­vat side, notably team captain Ian Dug­gan and su­per-sub John Walsh who made a mas­sive im­pact off the bench.

Ryan De­laney (left) in ac­tion with Cork City.

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