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Pettit's Senior Hurling Championship Rnd 2

posted 16 May 2013, 23:56 by Unknown user

From Wexford GAA

Championship Weekend Preview
By Michael Dwyer.

After a scintillating weekend of first-round action, this week will surely prove to escalate in ferocity to assure sides of a decent championship start. The rate of prediction accuracy stands at a surprising figure of 70%! Let’s see how that one lasts after this week’s championship clashes. This weekend’s games are particularly suited to those who need to escape from force-fed Eurovision viewing!

The Pettitt’s Senior Hurling Championship intensifies this weekend at Bellefield, O’Kennedy Park and Monamolin.

Bellefield’s Saturday double-header is opened at 6pm by the clash of Oylegate-Glenbrien and Adamstown. Both sides suffered first-round defeats as the blue-and-white brigade fell victim to Faythe Harriers while a late Rapparees attack sunk the Adamstown contingent. The nippy Oylegate no.15 Pádraig Doran never ceases to notch a scoring tally while Tony French is steady on frees for the black-and-amber. The activity of Jamie Reck and Fergal Doran at centre-field should edge out the valiant challenge of Adamstown.
Ferns and Faythe Harrier’s take to battle in the second game in Bellefield on Saturday at 7:30pm in what is sure to be an enthralling encounter. For the ‘Harriers, Kevin Gore, Rhys Clarke and Pádraig Farrell are a force to be reckoned with while the men from the north are showcase scoring versatility through Paul Morris, Ian Byrne and John Breen. The conviction of Ferns’ opening victory over Shelmaliers hastily gives them the nod.

On Sunday, Monamolin is host to another pair of games with the Rapparees taking on the Shelmaliers. The men from Over The Water had a disappointing opener as they went down to Ferns by nine points. However, with fresh approach they will return with the vibrant attacking force of Stephen Banville, Tommy Barron and Ciáran O’Shaughnessy. The Rapps’ surprising late-snatched victory over Adamstown was indebted to their skilful scoring ability in players like Eamonn Furlong and Tomás Mahon. For their keen determination, the Rapp’s hesitantly get my vote.

Following that at 3:30pm, Oulart-the-Ballagh play Glynn Barntown in Monamolin. A late Nicky Kirwan goal proved crucial in the champions dismissal of St. Anne’s last weekend while Glynn’ shared the spoils in a heated affair with Rathnure. The strength of Michael O’Regan in defence and Michael Doyle up front is powerful while the black-and-red brigade hold natural flair in Rory Jacob and David Redmond. In spite of the slight hope that the men of Killurin can cause an upset, Oulart should triumph.

Closing the weekend is an O’Kennedy Park doubleheader in New Ross on Sunday. At 5pm, Cloughbawn and St. Anne’s lock horns. Cloughbawn struggled in the first round as St Martin’s claimed a 10 point victory while St. Anne’s lost to Oulart. Franny Simpson, Aidan Rochford and David O’Connor are tenacious for the Rathangan side while Joey Lawlor and MJ Furlong are dynamic for Cloughbawn. The true grit that the ‘Anne’s produced last weekend should stand to benefit them and claim the spoils of success.
New Ross’ second clash is between St. Martin’s and Rathnure. The rural side ended level with Glynn’ last week while St. Martin’s comprehensively overcame Cloughbawn. Richard Deveraux had a terrific performance in that clash as he claimed a tally of 2-2 while the ever-reliable Ciarán Lyng was incisive in attack also. The black-and-amber are weakened without the trio of Paul Codd, Trevor Hogan and Nigel Higgins giving the maroon-and-white the extra edge.