Bray and Pat’s has the mak­ings of a thrilling en­counter

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

AF­TER the drama of the Re­nault Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship last week­end, it’s the turn of the hurlers to take cen­tre stage this week­end with two mas­sive Da­cia Cars Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship clashes up for de­ci­sion in Joule Park, Aughrim, on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

First up at 3pm is the re­play of Carnew Em­mets and Éire Óg Grey­stones fol­low­ing their ex­cit­ing draw in the quar­ter-fi­nal with James ‘Pooch’ Cran­ley en­sur­ing an­other day out with a su­perb score from the side­line.

Carnew’s exit from the D’Arcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship on Mon­day night could work two ways for Carnew. It could fo­cus their minds and make them a more dif­fi­cult foe for the Grey­stones men or it could man­i­fest it­self as a hang­over and leave them vul­ner­a­ble.

Either­way it should be a very in­ter­est­ing tus­sle.

But it’s the meet­ing of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bray Em­mets and St Pat’s that will have most peo­ple’s at­ten­tion in the next few days.

With St Pat’s turn­ing over Bray last time out in the ear­lier stages of the cham­pi­onship thanks to a scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance, the big ques­tion is whether Bray have re­cov­ered and im­proved suf­fi­ciently or will Michael Neary’s men seal a pre­cious place in the county fi­nal.

There are plenty of other in­ter­est­ing games on at the week­end but per­haps one of the most in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ments has al­ready taken place and that was the vic­tory by Bal­ly­manus over Carnew in the D’Arcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship in Rath­new on Mon­day night.

The Bil­lies se­cured the win thanks to a stel­lar sec­ond half show­ing and the draw for the semi-fi­nals was made im­me­di­ate af­ter­wards and it pits Paddy Mol­loy’s men against Hol­ly­wood and Dunlavin, who de­feated their neigh­bours Donard-The Glen on Sun­day evening, on a col­li­sion course with the men of Rath­new.

In­ter­est­ing times ahead!

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