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Sarsfields favourites for Under 21 title

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 5:51pm

Under 21 Hurling Final

The pity about this game is that it is being played so late in the year, but it will finally bring the curtain down on an exhausting championship season that has had many twists and turns.

From the outset Sars were among the favourites for this championship and their displays to date would justify that tag. However they will be concerned at the concession of four second half goals against Valley Rovers in the semi-final last Saturday.

Killeagh/Ita’s themselves have been equally impressive in their march to this final which is a repeat of the Premier Minor final of three years ago.

Both sides have the capacity to rack up big scores and Sars' tally of 26 points last Saturday on a poor pitch, understandable given the use it’s had all season, is impressive by any standards.

Aaron Myers was particularly good from play and placed balls and will be a handful for any defender, while Killian Murphy, Patrick O’Driscoll, Luke Hackett and Cian Darcy all made important contributions and they certainly made light of the absence of Jack O’Connor who is still a doubt for Friday.

Eoghan Keniry, Shane Smiddy, David Jones, Daniel Ogbedor and Keane Kelly-Budds are key men for Ita’s and they will certainly relish the challenge presented by their fellow East Cork side.

Thre are good players on both sides but the conditions at this time of the year, especially with a 7.45pm start, might have a bearing.

It’s been a good few weeks for Sars, winning a couple of trophies to end the season and they will be keen to win this championship. Killeagh/Ita’s will test them but the odds favour a Sars win.

Junior Football League Final

There is a real sense of irony about the meeting of Knocknagree and Canovee in Banteer on Saturday at 2pm.

Last Sunday, in dramatic circumstances, Knocknagree were crowned Munster champions, thus ending a ten year gap to the previous win by a Cork team and that team was, yes, Canovee.

Given that they are probably at a different level of fitness then the Muskerry side, Knocknagree should win, even if the celebrations are still going on.

In January they will play the All-Ireland semi-final more than likely against Naomh Colmcille from Donegal, who are the first team from that county to win the Ulster title.

For now though they, along with their Duhallow neighbours Kanturk, can enjoy the Christmas break and well done to all involved.

County convention

Most attention on the gathering on Sunday, the first in Páirc Ui Chaoimh, will centre on the composition of the Officer Board with a number of elections for the various positions.

What is known, of course, is that Tracey Kennedy will assume the role of Chairperson on what will be a historic occasion and we wish her well as she guides the biggest GAA unit in the country for the next three years.

By the same token, Ger Lane vacates that position and he can look back on his tenure, nine years including PRO and Vice-Chairman, with immense satisfaction, the highlight been getting the ‘Park’ up and running.

Over the years I had many dealings with Ger in the three positions and at all times he was courteous and forthcoming and for that I am extremely grateful and I am sure I speak for everyone by thanking him and wishing him all the best for the future.

Of course the draws for the county championships will also take place on Sunday, and with a changed format in senior, divisions and colleges in their own section, with two to advance to round 3, it will be watched with interest.

The abolition of round 2A will also make it less complicated.

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