Monday 27 March 2017

Kennedy urges Baltinglass to give Leinster a good rattle

Jason Kennedy of Baltinghlass. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Jason Kennedy of Baltinghlass. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

While a Leinster campaign may be "a trip into the unknown" for this current Baltinglass crop, captain Jason Kennedy is delighted to be back where they belong.

Their county final win against St Patrick's ended a nine-year drought without a Wicklow SFC crown - not long for most but for a club that went all the way to All-Ireland glory in 1990, it seemed like an eternity.

Those feats are unlikely to be replicated this time around but their inspirational midfielder was relieved to right the wrongs of previous seasons and step out of their predecessors' shadows.

"An amount of championship titles were won in the '80s and '90s and maybe it cast a bit of a shadow over ourselves.

"We had to write our own history. Now we've won the Championship and nobody can take that away from us," said Kennedy (above).

"No-one expected us to win the county title, we were completely written off. We were knocked out in the quarter-final last year and people were saying we were finished. We've proven them wrong."

Sunday sees Baltinglass welcome Louth's Sean O'Mahony's to Aughrim and after missing out on the opportunity to represent Wicklow in 2007 due to a fixtures backlog, they're keen to do themselves justice.

Meanwhile, Billy Lee looks set to be ratified as new Limerick football boss, while Clare have replaced coach Mick Bohan with Galway's 2013 U-21 All-Ireland winning manager Alan Flynn in a major change to Colm Collins' backroom team for 2017.

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