County Final - the view from inside the club
Tomorrow we bid for County Title no 17 against a Killenaule side appearing in their first final. Killenaule have had the upper hand in recent battles between the sides and won the last big clash between the sides, a 2014 South Final on a scoreline of 2-3 to 1-5.
We asked some of the big characters around the club for their views on an intriguing clash and almost all were approaching with caution
Philly Ryan winner of 5 county titles as a player and manager of the victorious 2012 team is wary of the threat Killeanule pose. "Killenaule will be very tricky opponents. Look at what they have sure - O Donnell, Codd, Bergin, Bubbles, the Doyles and of course the Feehans. Jimmy was nominated for young footballer of the year in 2016 and Paudie is up there as one of the best young players in the county in my opinion. Over the last few years they have had the Indian sign over us but if we go with the same attitude and workrate as the Lougmore game I believe we can win it however if we give Killenaule a sniff of victory they will take it"
Club PRO Aidan Barry echoes the same thoughts. " I was at their County Quarter v Aherlow and they were excellent. Kieran Bergin gave an absolute exhibition that day, they've got a really strong backbone to their team. Just look at the 3 games they've played against Moyle Rovers this year, that should tell you enough about how difficult a game this is going to be. They're prob hamming up the whole hurling club thing a bit much but Charlie and the boys wont be taking them for granted come Sunday that's for sure."
Brian Tyrell is another one approaching with caution " Sunday is a massive occasion, and obviously a great chance for this group of lads to win another county, but they're up against a very strong Killenaule team who really have nothing to lose"
Trevor Creed " Experience can be a big factor and even tough this is a young Commericals team there is a lot of experience in this group . If they play to there potential they should have enough but they will need to be focussed", Debbie o Shea "If Commercials play to their ability and strengths, keep their discipline and avoid the black cards they should prevail on the day" and Tanya Peters "The Loughmore battle will have instilled some massive believe in the lads and hopefully they can bring the cup back to Eldons Sunday evening. Hopefully the Ladies will have something to celebrate with them too after Saturday's game! " are a bit more confident.
While Paddy o Donoghue, Anthony o Dwyer, Ben Keane and Ned Brophy all think Thurles may be key to success Sunday . Paddy reckons "Commercials to win but it's not going to be easy. Thurles may be the difference, the wide, open pitch will suit Commercials. " while Anthony o Dwyer says "Thurles should suit the lads on Sunday but Killenaule should not be underestimated and they know that" .Ned Brophy currently sunning himself in Tenerife thinks " I see it being very tight, maybe even level at the break but Commercials' fitness in the wide open space of Thurles will hopefully lead to us having enough when Derek o Mahony blows that full time whistle" . Commercials legend and manger of County titles winning teams of 1994 and 2002 (played in Thurles) Ben Keane knows all about Thurles and said "If Commercials use the space in Semple, play the wings and open the game up, they can prevail on the day. We have some of the best players in the county and need to let them play. I believe Killenaule will be physical and try box it up but the cream will hopefully rise to the top"
See you all in Thurles at 3:30! Na Trachtalaithe Abú