Leinster Club Junior Hurling Championship
Naomh Brid v Ballygarrett Realt na Mara (Wexford)
Saturday, 1.30pm, venue TBC
AT the start of the year, Naomh Brid would have gladly settled for a victory in their own intermediate B hurling final. Having done that, they were delighted to have won the opening round of the Leinster junior hurling championship against Louth side Naomh Moinne.
You couldn’t say they were impressive that day but they were decent at times. These games will only make you better and manager Adrian O’Neill says the group is in a positive frame of mind as they prepare to take on Wexford intermediate A champions, Ballygarret Realt na Mara, in the Leinster quarter-final.
“There is a renewed interest in it and lads are looking forward to it. The season is tailing off and this is something to work on and look forward to. Another game in Leinster is a good challenge,” O’Neill says.
According to him, their opposition were not favourites to come out of Wexford, but they beat Geraldine O’Hanrahan’s in the county final by 1-14 to 1-13. They had been building momentum in the autumn and saw off Craanford (1-25 to 2-15) and Gusserane O’Rahilly’s by 2-15 to 1-16 in the semi-final.
“They came up unsuspectingly. They weren’t expected to do as well,” says O’Neill.
“I’ve heard they are a mobile team and don’t make it easy for teams who are playing against them.”
Naomh Bríd have a couple of players nursing slight injuries, but nothing too serious. The fixture is down for Saturday but O’Neill is hoping the weather will dry up and possibly they could play on Sunday before the St Mullins v Cuala Leinster senior clash at Netwatch Cullen Park.
“Wouldn’t it be a great double header?” he says.