Happy New Year to all. The weather has been so kind that people are already relishing the hurling year ahead.
Dublin hurlers face Laois in their third Walsh Cup game this Sunday in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise (2.0) with their semi-final fate in their hands. With victories over Carlow and Offaly already secured Mattie Kenny’s men are in pole position in the group table. Kilkenny, Wexford and Galway all received byes to the semi-finals and will be joined by the top county from the round-robin group.
Manager Mattie Kenny is very happy with progress so far. “They’re a good group of guys. We’ve a good few players in there now. So really, it’s just heads down, getting our pre-season work done and working away quietly. These two games (verus Carlow and Offaly), they were good, just to break the monotony of the gym. Like a lot of teams, they want to achieve as much as they can. And the preparation in December and January is key to that, for building for the League and building for the Championship after that later in the year.”
All those who sign up online [ fodh.ie] in January will be in a draw for a copy of Paul Rouse’s book ‘The Hurlers’- which is getting reviews. If your card expired during 2018 you will need to register again. We will be at Parnell Park on Sunday January 26th for the home game v Carlow and you can join there as well. All 2019 members will receive a 44 page booklet on all the facts and figures of Dublin hurling in 2018 – schools, colleges, clubs and county.
Have a wonderful year.