Banteer cel­e­brate af­ter ban­ish­ing 11 years in the dark


The Corkman - - NEWS - JOHN TARRANT

ROARS of ap­proval and chants of de­light saluted a new des­ti­na­tion for the John Joe Bros­nan Me­mo­rial Cup this win­ter af­ter Banteer folk cel­e­brated a ter­rific win in the Duhal­low Ju­nior A Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal last Satur­day.

The pic­turesque square out­side Banteer Church turned red and white, and for­tu­nately the winds from the week­end sub­sided for a time to ac­knowl­edge a his­toric Banteer vic­tory in a side cap­tained by Richard O’Con­nor.

Ear­lier in the day, Banteer had up­set the form book to up­stage de­fend­ing hold­ers Kil­brin in Newmarket, pay­ing lit­tle heed to the out­sider tag to claim the sil­ver­ware for the first time since 2006.

On hand to add to the at­mos­phere were Mill­street Pipe Band lead­ing a vic­tory pa­rade to an of­fi­cial re­cep­tion.

A large at­ten­dance heard plau­dits from Banteer hurl­ing chair­man and team goal­keeper Kevin Roche, team man­ager Noel Kear­ney, county de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Richard Mur­phy and Fr. Wil­liam Win­ter in a cer­e­mony com­pered by John Joe Roche.

Master­mind­ing the tri­umph be­hind the scenes was team coach Eoin O’Ma­hony, who also ex­tended plau­dits to his charges.

“It’s a tremen­dous win, the at­ti­tude was per­fect on the day and there was a pos­i­tive sense in the vil­lage all week. Kil­brin are an out­stand­ing side, we pre­pared very well on this oc­ca­sion, the lads are fan­tas­tic war­riors and they kept the score­board tick­ing over,” he said.

“The past week was all about the vil­lage, rightly ac­knowl­edg­ing a great win eleven years on from the pre­vi­ous tri­umph”, said Eoin.

Far from fin­ished, the Banteer squad re­turned to the train­ing ground ear­lier this week in prepa­ra­tion for a county en­gage­ment in the open­ing round against Brian Dil­lons on Fri­day night.

“Brian Dil­lons are a for­mi­da­ble side, a bit un­lucky in the city fi­nal but if we give 110% we’ve a great chance of pro­gress­ing”, said Eoin.

Lisa O’Donoughue, Aoife Mur­phy, Kate and Roisín Fo­ley joined in the cel­e­bra­tions af­ter Banteer’s tri­umph in the Duhal­low Hurl­ing Fi­nal.

Banteer player Kevin Tarrant cel­e­brat­ing with fam­ily mem­bers af­ter the Duhal­low JAHC Fi­nal win in Newmarket.

Young Banteer fans thrilled with the suc­cess of their hurl­ing heroes who cap­tured the Duhal­low Hurl­ing ti­tle.

Banteer man of the match David Mur­phy with Emma, Mar­guerite and Jack at the home­com­ing re­cep­tion.

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