On a perfect morning in St Anne’s Park, 20 hardy hurlers met at number 7 to try and reach the last eight of the junior f championship. With the unmistakeable aroma of stale beer in the air and the usual no-warmup by both teams, the match started a fashionable 20 minutes late. In an all action display our junior f’ers hung on to beat St Peregrines by a single point (1-12 to 0-14). Senior hurler, Andy Morris commented after the game that it was like watching the aging Kilkenny team holding out Limerick in the all Ireland semi final.
This game seen Bob Meade and David Hoare coming out of retirement to help our newest adult hurling Team and Brian Og carton making his debut for the team.
The game had many highs, Martin Gunda blocking down a man with his neck, Stevie Nolan giving the full back “one more chance” and player-manager, Lenny Rock growling at the centre back. But undoubtedly the best moment was Keith O’Toole (Toolers) screaming “get out of my way” before driving the ball 70 yards up the pitch. The game was also notable as Stevie Nolan failed to score his customary goal.
Everyone on the panel is looking forward to a quarter final against The Wild Geese where we will take on a fellow Larrier Eddie Sweetman as he now lines out as player-manager with The Geese .
The team is now going on a special diet between now and the big game, all players promising to cut back on takeaways and alcohol from Monday to Thursday.
They are expecting a huge crowd for their quarter final where supporters can see the fastest game on grass played at its slowest pace.
Up the larriers.
by Lenny Rock