Let the bat­tles be­gin

Four county fi­nals up for de­ci­sion in Joule Park Aughrim

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

IT’S a week­end to savour in wick­low GAA cir­cles as the big­gest games of the year are down for de­ci­sion over two days in Joule Park Aughrim.

The meet­ing of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rathnew and St Pa­trick’s in the Re­nault Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fi­nal is about as mouth-wa­ter­ing as you can get.

Harry Mur­phy brought his sol­diers to the sum­mit last year with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over Bless­ing­ton and they have re­turned to the de­cider in 2018 where their neigh­bours await af­ter a quiet but im­pres­sive cam­paign un­der Casey O’Brien.

Throw in for this epic strug­gle takes place at 3pm on Sun­day af­ter­noon and Kilbride’s Noel Kinsella is the man in the mid­dle.

Joule Park Aughrim will have barely re­cov­ered from the ex­cite­ment of the Darcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fi­nal by the time the Rathnew and Pat’s men tand Pat’s men take to the field.

Ti­na­hely are fac­ing a mas­sive bat­tle with Carnew in the cur­tain raiser at 1pm with Pat Dunne of­fi­ci­at­ing and Alan Costello’s men will fully de­serve their rapid re­turn to Senor ranks if they can ne­go­ti­ate a route past James Hickey’s men.

Win, lose or draw the Ti­na­hely sup­port­ers will have to high-tail it out of Aughrim to get back to Ti­na­hely for the ladies’ Le­in­ster clash with Wex­ford’s Kil­more.

On Satur­day, there are two big games up for de­ci­sion, two in Joule Park.

The Boom Plat­form Hire Ju­nior ‘A’ Foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal takes place at 3pm and will see Kil­coole look­ing to cap­ture that elu­sive crown when they take on the tal­ented men from Val­ley­mount. Dar­ragh Byrne from Bal­ly­manus takes charge.

That fix­ture is fol­lowed by the meet­ing of the best young foot­ballers in the county when Balt­in­glass take on Éire Óg Grey­stones in the Un­der-17 ‘A’ foot­ball fi­nal at 4.30pm with Ti­na­hely’s Kieron Kenny look­ing af­ter pro­ceed­ings.

All in all, a su­perb week­end of GAA ac­tion on of­fer at the county grounds and a week­end that prom­ises drama and ex­cite­ment galore.

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