Kevin Egan looks ahead to Saturday evening’s second round senior hurling championship clash between Athleague and Tremane, a game that will hold mixed emotions for Seamus Qualter…
SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP B
Athleague v Tremane, Saturday at 7 p.m. in Athleague
Tremane manager Seamus Qualter against the side he led to senior hurling championship glory just two years ago, this is a game to whet the appetite.
Athleague had to twiddle their thumbs while the other six clubs got their championships underway earlier this month, and it’s only this weekend that we’ll see if new manager Pádraig Mannion has been able to successfully revamp a side that was well off the pace in last year’s county final. But he has since lost several key players, most notably top scorer Eamon Flanagan.
On the other side of the coin, the addition of Naoise Coyle, Ethan Glennon, Cormac Lavin, Cathal Crehan, and Eamon and Tom Bannon strengthens his hand. Given the fact that both of these teams will play knockout hurling this year, this represents a great chance for Athleague to see what some of these new faces might be capable of against tidy opposition.
Tremane hurled well against Roscommon Gaels, particularly in the second half, but this is a huge step up for them. The parish rivalry will ensure an honest contest, but Athleague still look that bit stronger.