EFFIN are the toast of Limerick hurling after the small club in the south of the county lifted the Munster intermediate club hurling championship title yesterday.
The Limerick side were 0-14 to 0-11 winners over Ballyduff in Newcastle West amid wild scenes of celebration.
Just two years ago Effin were plying their trade in the junior ranks but have won back-to-back junior and intermedaite county titles.
Yesterday, they again defied the odds to beat the Kerry senior champions by three points in a thrilling contest played before a crowd of over 5,000.
Effin trailed by 0-8 to 0-7 at half time with Nickie Quaid settling the Limerick side with three scores from placed balls.
The Limerick senior hurling goalkeeper lined out at centre back and won the Man of the Match award for an outstanding contribution.
In attack, teenager Timmy Rea was among the Effin heroes with three second half points, while Tommy Quaid ended with four points from frees.
They are now just one win away from Croke Park.
In the new year they will play Ulster intermediate champions and Armagh senior champions, Na Fianna in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Elsewhere, the county junior A hurling final has been rescheduled for this Thursday night, at 7.30, in the Gaelic Grounds.
The decider between Cappamore and Kilmallock was called off on Saturday night with fog covering much of the Ennis Rd ground by half time when Cappamore were leading.
The County Board have announced that admission to the refixed final will be free.
Blackrock claimed the county junior B football championship, with a 2-6 to 0-8 win over Killulta Gaels in Ballyagran.
Beaten in last year’s final by Granagh-Ballingarry, The Rockies made no mistake this time with goals from Seanie Palmer and Tom Clifford helped them past the Kildimo-Pallaskenry amalgamtion.
Blackrock, who led 2-2 to 0-4 at half time, had two points from inter-county hurler Richie McCarthy among their tally.
Killulta Gaels relied heavily on free-taker Ian Gibbs, who finished with seven points from placed balls.
Meanwhile in colleges hurling, Limerick city sides Ardscoil Ris and Castletroy College could be set for collision in the quarter-finals of the Dr Harty Cup.
Newcomers Castletroy were defeated 2-10 to 1-8 by Nenagh CBS in their final group game on Friday, meaning they have a one in three chance of clashing with champions Ardscoil in the quarter-finals in January.
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