Sunday 24 September 2017

Tullow set their sights on first Towns Cup glory

'The Tullow Tank will be on the sideline tomorrow and club captain Keiaho Bloomfield admitted that O'Brien had inspired the next generation of younger players coming through.' Photo: PA
'The Tullow Tank will be on the sideline tomorrow and club captain Keiaho Bloomfield admitted that O'Brien had inspired the next generation of younger players coming through.' Photo: PA
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Tullow's most famous son Seán O'Brien has put the Carlow town on the map but tomorrow, the club get the chance to write themselves into the history books as they look to take the final step on their way to winning their first Towns Cup.

Standing in their way in Athy RFC (3.30) are a Skerries side who will be desperate to bridge the 38-year gap since they last got their hands on the Cup.

O'Brien has been heavily involved as assistant coach with his local club this season and his influence has been crucial as Tullow have reached the decider for the first time since 2012.

The Tullow Tank will be on the sideline tomorrow and club captain Keiaho Bloomfield admitted that O'Brien had inspired the next generation of younger players coming through.

"Seán's influence is massive," Bloomfield said.

Massive "Every spare minute he has, he is down in the club. Whenever he can offer his time, he is there. His passion for the club is massive and he puts as much back in as he gives for his country.

"Some of the young guys in the club see him on TV one day and down in the club the next day shouting on the sidelines. They see him enough now that he is just one of the boys. We are very grateful to have him on board.

"He brings that first-hand knowledge of the game and those little things are small margins but they can be the difference in tight games."

Tullow will be hoping to take inspiration from Wicklow who won the Cup for the first time last year but a strong Skerries team, who beat the defending champions in the semi-final, are dangerous opponents.

While Skerries are bidding for their 12th title, they will do so without their talisman Billy Mulcahy who misses out through injury.

That may tip the balance in Tullow's favour.

Verdict: Tullow

Skerries - R Gordon; R Woods, D Goodman, B Caldwell (capt), M Oliver; D Quirke, R Jenkinson; C Ronayne, K Leonard, N Martin; AJ Sherlock, S Attley; T Scuffil, B Jenkinson, C Marrey. Reps: D Joyce, E O'Byrne, R Halligan, M Cauldwell, C McMahon.
Tullow - S Doyle; R O'Neill, S Rohan, K Bloomfield (capt), R Nicholls; W O'Brien, D Leybourne; L Kilcoyne, S Corrigan, S Caldbeck; F Murphy, J Waters; K Hanbidge, J Hanbidge, S Smith. Reps: A Byrne, M Cole, J Fitzgerald, W Hallow O'Brien, J Pratt, J O'Brien.
REF - B Montayne

Irish Independent

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