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A Ray of Hope

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Our senior hurlers are out of the 2008 County championship. On Saturday last in Semple Stadium despite playing their best hurling of the year, they lost by a point to Clonoulty Rossmore on a 1-15 to 0-17 score line.Clonoulty will now play in the semi final next weekend. On Saturday we started slowly and fell well behind coming up to half time. In the second half having re-arranged the team, we improved and with Clonoulty shooting a number of wides, we came back into the game and even went ahead with a few minutes left.

hurleyHowever, a bit of looseness allowed Clonoulty to edge ahead again. A number of our more experienced players played quite well but in general, our younger troops did not come good. The team seemed to lack the fire of other days and this was reflected in the reaction of the crowd who didn’t get behind the team.

There were some hopeful signs. The injured Niall Curran was to be seen togged out on the sideline, while Vincent Doheny was back from his travels. On the field, Edward O Brien and Eddie Carey showed much improved form while the team had a far more balanced look at the end than it had a the beginning. It’s a pity that the team didn’t show this for at the start of the year and then they could have improved as the games went by.

We’ll look keenly at our juniors and under 21’s when we hope to see our younger players take on responsibility. Senior hurling is a grade that one earns not one that a person drifts into.

The team which began should be of interest to those who didn’t get to Thurles.

Sean Fox, Kye Vaughan, Paul Curran, Edwin O Meara, A.J Cronin, Brian O Meara, Ned Tobin, Edward O Brian, Donal Cody, Philip O Shea, Kevin Bolger, Alan Curran, Pat Croke, Eoin Kelly, Eddie Carey.

Subs used: Sean Curran, Kevin Walzer.



"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


poet. C.J. Boland