EVENING HERALD DUBLIN SHC 1st ROUND
St Jude's v Faughs
Parnell Park, Tomorrow, 2.15
PLENTY of banter on the slopes of Tymon this week. The clubs' grounds are as close to each other as Dundee and Dundee United.
A gentle side-line cut from both clubhouses would find shelter and a warm welcome in the respective homes.
Jude's and Faughs have been long-time friends.
And that will still be the case on Sunday evening.
Faughs are managed by the man from Clare, Stephen McNamara, a good pal of the Dublin messiah.
Maurice O'Brien has made a generous contribution to the Dubs and Faughs. Trevor Donohue is one of the tidiest goalkeepers around.
Mickey Ryan is accurate from the placed ball, and there's excellence in the sticks of Karl O'Brien, Ciaran Brennan and Fergal Heavey.
Jude's possess a cluster of elegant hurlers. They have been doing well. They made last year's quarter-final, only losing to the eventual county finalists, St Vincent's, by two points.
Ger McManus minds the kitchen. Ciaran Mangan, Stephen Larkin, John Ryan, Cormac Grogan and Ronan Joyce are nimble hurlers.
It's a duel that should see a large convoy heading north from Templeogue.
A match that is being billed as 'Neighbourhood Watch'.
LAST YEAR -- St Jude's: Quarter-final. Faughs: Didn't progress from Group.
LAST TIME -- St Jude's: Never. Faughs: 1999.
NEXT: Cuala or Lucan in the quarter-final.