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