Wick­low duo win Christy Ring awards

Hen­der­son and Ka­vanagh pick up Christy Ring awards

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

THERE is now two all-star awards in the Hen­der­son house­hold but War­ren Ka­vanagh wants to see four on the Wick­low panel in 2019.

Bray Em­mets ace John Hen­der­son fol­lowed in his fa­ther John Sr’s - an All-Star win­ner for Kilkenny in 1983 - foot­steps and he was joined on the evening by Wick­low cap­tain War­ren Ka­vanagh who was also col­lect­ing the pres­ti­gious hon­our.

While Ka­vanagh’s cham­pagne re­mained on ice with a Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship match to ful­fil the fol­low­ing day, Hen­der­son was able to en­joy the evening but he wishes that it was not the high­lights of a dis­ap­point­ing over­all sea­son for him.

‘It would usu­ally be the ic­ing on the cake if you had won some­thing but it def­i­nitely makes up for my part with the way the year went; I’d a good few in­juries and a few breaks’, Hen­der­son lev­elled.

‘With the county, we’re dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get over the semi-fi­nal.

‘We felt that there was def­i­nitely a Christy Ring in the team and it’s just un­for­tu­nate that we didn’t re­ally per­form in the semi-fi­nal. From the club point of view then, it was ob­vi­ously mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing the way that went so it was kind of a nice pick-me-up to get the award.’

Hen­der­son was not ex­pect­ing to be nom­i­nated but was de­lighted to see his county team-mate share the stage with him and Hen­der­son holds the Gle­nealy man in very high re­gard.

‘I was a bit shocked. I missed the semi-fi­nal through in­jury when I broke the wrist but I did put a huge ef­fort in this year be­cause I felt we had a big chance of win­ning the Christy Ring but it’s un­for­tu­nate that we came up short in all the com­pe­ti­tions that we were in. We def­i­nitely think there’s a Christy Ring in this team if we can get every­one to­gether and there’s a few lads in the county that didn’t play this year who’d re­ally add to the whole thing.

‘I was de­lighted to get the award though.

‘It’s a great hon­our for my­self and the fam­ily and the club.

‘I get on very well with War­ren and he’s a bril­liant hurler. He’s com­ing on ever year and he’s a bril­liant leader and was a very good cap­tain.

‘You can see with his club that he’s re­ally driv­ing them on and I think he’s an ex­cep­tional hurler and he can play full-back or cen­tre-back or fur­ther out the field if he had to.

‘He’s an ex­cep­tional ta­lent and he’ll be part of the back­bone of the county team for many years to come.’

For Ka­vanagh, he had an­other county ti­tle to cel­e­brate in 2018 but was de­lighted to add to his ever-grow­ing tro­phy cabi­net again on Fri­day and ad­mits that as a Gar­den County man, he never thought he’d get to grace such a stage.

‘Over the moon! I worked so hard over a num­ber of years and it was just bril­liant to (be recog­nised). It was a bril­liant achieve­ment and some­thing that my mother and fa­ther can en­joy as well.

‘It never crosses your mind when you’re from Wick­low that you might win an All-Star one day so I was very proud to get the award.’

While he thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, it has lit a fire un­der him for 2019 when he hopes that he, Hen­der­son and co. will bring glory back to Wick­low.

‘I was sit­ting be­side the Lon­don cap­tain and they got to the fi­nal and then you have four Kil­dare boys there as well be­cause when you win it, you get four lads picked so I want to see four Wick­low lads at the ta­ble next year.

‘John is one of the best hurlers I’ve ever played with. Grow­ing up, I played with him and against him so it was nice to win it along­side him.

‘I’d have a lot of ad­mi­ra­tion for John so I was de­lighted for him.’

Wick­low hurler John Hen­der­son is pre­sented with his Christy Ring Cham­pion 15 Award by Uachtarán Chu­mann Lúthch­leas Gael John Ho­ran and GPA CEO Paul Flynn dur­ing the PwC All Stars 2018 at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dublin.

Wick­low hurler War­ren Ka­vanagh is pre­sented with his Christy Ring Cham­pion 15 Award by Uachtarán Chu­mann Lúthch­leas Gael John Ho­ran and GPA CEO Paul Flynn dur­ing the PwC All Stars 2018 at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dublin.

Bray Em­mets, win­ners of the Un­der-16 ‘B’ camo­gie fi­nal.

Wick­low hurlers, from left, War­ren Ka­vanagh and John Hen­der­son, with their Christy Ring Cham­pion 15 Awards dur­ing the PwC All Stars 2018 at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dublin.

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