PALLASKENRY’S Salesian College play in their first ever All-Ireland colleges hurling final this Saturday.
They play Wexford CSB for the Michael Cusack cup in the All-Ireland senior C final on Saturday in Cashel at 2.00.
“It’s great for the school - there is a great buzz and all the lads are really looking forward to it,” explained Brian Chambers. The teacher is joined in the management team by fellow teachers Ross O’Donovan (Hospital-Herbertstown) and Colin Ryan (Clare’s All-Ireland winner).
“As a team this is as good as we have had. We won the Munster U-16 last year and were in the Munster senior final two years ago and a lot of Saturday’s panel would have been involved with those teams,” outlined Chambers.
“We pretty much only select from the Ballybrown and Kildimo-Pallaskenry clubs and in fairness there is a lot of work being done in the clubs that help us.”
Two years ago Pallaskenry lost the Munster senior final to Waterford’s Kilmacthomas but this season they won against Mitchelstown, Tramore, Kilenaule, St Augustines and then Scarriff in the final to be crowned provincial champions.
Indeed it was a Munster double as the footballers also won in Munster.
Alas the footballers lost to Belmullet in the All-Ireland semi-final.
But last Saturday in Gort, Pallaskenry were 0-15 to 0-10 winners over St Enda’s of Salthill, Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Pallaskenry had 0-10 from free-taker Andrew Cliffe on their way to Saturday’s final against Wexford.
“We are delighted with our year so far. We competed in the A grade in the Limerick Colleges for the first time and only lost to Kilmallock after extra time. We had games against the like of Castletroy and Ardscoil Ris and all that has stood to us.”
“We don’t know much about Wexford but we just hope to get out best performance,” said Chambers.
PANEL: Cian Hedderman, Josh Adams, Luke Doran, Cillian Gavin, Andrew Cliffe, TJ O’Connor, Robert Davoran, Conor Quinn, Robert O’Grady, Ross Griffin, Dylan Kenny, Conor Quinn, David Downes, Michael Davoran, Brian Nolan, Diarmuid O’Connor (all Ballybrown); Evan Considine, Tom O’Shea, Gerard McKeogh, Evan McCarthy, Darren O’Connell, Joey O’Keefe, Dylan Corrigan, Shane Gloster (all Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Cian O’Doherty (Mungret).