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Football Club Championships start this weekend

| April 18, 2014

With Wexford having preserved it’s Division 3 status with an impressive win over Longford last Sunday week attention now turns to the local county championships that begin on Friday night with the senior meeting of Gusserane and St Anne’s which takes place in Taghmon at 7pm. The former should be a very well contested affair between two teams that have a lot of very good footballers and would be seen as having genuine designs on the title. It will be interesting to see if St Anne’s make a statement of intent with regard to reclaiming the title which they last won in 2012.

Like St Anne’s, Gusserane would be seen as a traditional footballing stronghold and have been far too long out of the winners enclosure. They flatter to deceive at times but on their day can beat the best around. This game is followed by the meeting of Sarsfields and St Fintan’s which is an interesting town v country clash. It is good to see the south county men back in senior ranks and they could well make an impression as they are a very determined team with a never say die spirit. The extent of their progress may depend on the fitness of their main talisman, Joey Wadding. Sarsfields have certainly got a lot of talent and if they can get Kevin Gore and Mikey Hanrahan back into their team they could have a serious say in the destination of the title.

We move to Bellfield on Saturday where first off we have the meeting of Adamstown and county champions St Martin’s at 5.30 pm. Here I must declare an interest as I am training the Adamstown team so I will not comment on this fixture! That game is followed by the meeting of old rivals Horeswood and Castletown at 7pm. Both teams would appear to be in transition and have introduced a number of younger players. The men from the Campile area won four senior titles in seven years which is a great achievement while the Castletown men probably deserve more than their one recent title (2010) as a reward for their great consistency.

Turning to Sunday at Oylelgate we have the meeting of Kilanerin and Fethard at 2 pm.  The men from the north of the county exited in a disappointing manner in the knockout stages last year and will surely be out to make amends this time around. With Mattie Forde still being a serious threat they can never be discounted. Fethard will be out to prove that getting to last year’s county final was no flash in the pan. It was a marvellous achievement to do so without their excellent forward Kevin Rowe and this very young team can only get better.  This match is followed by the meeting of Shelmaliers and Starlights at 3.30 pm. Both teams play a very open brand of football with the former coming very close to a major breakthrough in recent years. One would have to think that their many underage successes will eventually pay dividends but there are no guarantees I suppose.  The cathedral town side have also had a lot of underage success and having won the county minor championship last year won’t be short on talent. On their day they can be a match for the best.

There are also full rounds of Intermediate and Junior games down for decision with perhaps the meeting of Glynn-Barntown and Kilmore being the highlight in the Intermediate championship while the meeting of Adamstown and St Anne’s in the Junior championship should be very well contested.

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