Team Garveys and Tralee Imperials bid for National Cup glory

JASON O'CONNOR

Published 23/01/2013 | 13:58

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A WALKOVER from Thunder followed by victories over St Vincents and Killester has been Team Garveys St Marys path to the Saturday's final against Blue Demons, a challenge team captain Dan Griffin acknowledges will be tough to overcome.

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"They beat us by 30 points earlier on in the season but we were missing a few players on the night so I think we'll be a lot more prepared now heading into Saturday," he told TheKerryman. Griffin acknowledges the massive hurdle his side overcame in the form of Killester in the recent semi-final.

"It was a very difficult challenge and certainly Declan's (Wall) three-point shooting was crucial for us come the end of the match so we've definitely got a taste of what we can expect in the final," he said.

Wall along with Andrew Fitzgerald, John Teahan and Griffin himself have been the main scorers for Garveys in getting to their fourth National final in five years and the team captain says the commitment for the players in the same as in a lot of other sports.

"We've been on the go since last September and it's always nice to be looking forward to occasions like this come the end of January and it certainly does help shorten the winter in trying to get to Tallaght for these big matches," Griffin said.

He has plenty of Saturday's venue, having played in two of Castleisland's previous successes along with Tralee Tigers in 2008 and is hoping for a better defensive effort from the team in the decider.

"We need to tighten up that end of things if we are to get the better of Demons and crash the boards a bit more as well. Certainly we're in with a massive chance if we manage to achieve that."

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