Given the seeming need for sportsmen and women to get ‘fired up’ by the loose talk of players and pundits alike, allow me to give Tallow something to get their teeth into: the real county final was played in Walsh Park yesterday with Ballygunner toppling the defending champions and, alas, our best hope for winning the All-Ireland club title. Now I’m just giving Ballygunner something to get wound up over. Never accuse me of not being an equal-opportunities stirrer.
1/10/11 at Fraher Field
Tallow 0-13 Ballyduff Upper 0-10
2/10/11 at Walsh Park
Ballygunner 2-10 (16) De La Salle 0-11 (11)
It’d be marvellous if Tallow could win their first title in 26 years. Heck, it would be marvellous just for being only the second time the county cup has gone West since Lismore won it in 1993. It’s not going to happen though, is it? On a more cheerful note there a few greenhorns moving into the Munster club championship mix, with Na Piarsaigh in Limerick winning their county title for the first time ever and Carrigtwohill winning the Cork title for the first time in an- eye-watering 93 years. Intriguingly their coach is one Joxer O’Connor (h/t to Jamie O’Keeffe for that). One more in the county manager mix? Although if the Powers That Be were unaware of his existence before now then they really haven’t a clue what they’re doing.
Final bit of book-keeping, the details for the final:
16/10/11 at Walsh Park (3.30pm)
Tallow v Ballygunner
It seems a bit harsh on Tallow to dragging them across what is literally the entire county when there is a venue that would be almost equidistant between the two. Not that I’m complaining. See you there.