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Senior Hurling Championship Rnd 1

posted 11 May 2013, 02:04 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 May 2013, 02:07 ]

From Wexford GAA:

With the Wexford hurling championships starting this weekend Michael Dwyer looks forward to what promises to be another exciting hurling championship.

This weekend, the Pettitt’s Senior Hurling Championship propels into action with 6 relishing bouts to replenish a starved appetite of club hurling excitement!

Newly-promoted Oylegate-Glenbrien are greeted on Saturday by the daunting challenge of the Faythe Harriers in Killurin at 6pm. While Pádraig Doran is a reliable talisman for the blue-and white, the youthful and entertaining ‘Harriers have an inventory of scoring-talent like Lee Chin and Rhys Clarke. Even though the experience of competition in the Leinster stages of last year’s Intermediate grade will benefit Oylegate, the ‘Harriers, who are HurlingchmpnshpRd1-2promising contenders for the U-21 championship, should claim the spoils of success.

Killurin’s second game consists of an uphill battle for St. Anne’s as they face the gruelling task of taking on Oulart-the-Ballagh. Dual star Liam Óg McGovern is sure to be prominent for Rathangan but the sheer vivacity that Nicky Kirwan, David Redmond and Conor Goff exhibited last year should return to assure a successful championship first-outing for manager Martin Storey.

Bellefield hosts a Saturday doubleheader also as Glynn-Barntown and Rathnure take to the field. The hurling pedigree of the black-and-amber is matched by the young exuberance of the Killurin men. The terrific flair of Gary Moore for Glynn is evident. Rathnure will suffer from the absence of Trevor Hogan and Paul Codd yet in spite of this detrimental loss, makes me hastily predict a draw.

The latter clash of Bellefield is between Cloughbawn and St Martin’s. Last year, Barry Lambert was outstanding for the maroon while Cloughbawn’s Barry Carton is known for his regular scoring execution. The wealth and strength of the Piercestown contingent should marginally see off a valiant challenge from Gary Laffan’s men.

Adamastown and Rapparees open a Sunday doubleheader at Oylegate from 2pm. The Enniscorthy side will feel the absence of Kevin Foley because of an injured hand. The creative black-and-amber attacker MJ Cooper will struggle to get past county minor star Liam Ryan. Casting a verdict of a winner is frustrating but Adamstown’s determination and ability looks a tad too strong.

Ending the Oylegate doubleheader, the Shelmalier’s take on the skilful Ferns brigade. After dismissing Naomh Éanna in the U-21 Roinn 1 Gorey district semi-final on Monday last, John Barron manages his northern side with clever technique as Ian Byrne and Paul Morris exemplify the diligence of the Ferns squad. The Shel’s are equally powerful as Ciarán O’Shaughnessy is persistence in his labour at centre-field. Also for the black-and-amber, keep an eye out for promising minor star James Cash. Nevertheless, the terrific style of Ferns should pay dividends.