Friday 19 October 2018

1961 champions to be honoured

THE INTERMEDIATE hurling All-Ireland winners of 1961 will be honoured during the interval of the Senior hurling final on October 9 in Wexford Park.

Wexford had the distinction of winning the inaugural Intermediate hurling championship when that competition was introduced 50 years ago. They were to contest three of the first four finals, winning outright in both 1961 and 1964 while they were beaten in the 1963 'home' final by Tipperary.

The '61 decider was a memorable day for Wexford, not alone in that they won the title but because they staged the game at Wexford Park.

The Intermediate competition was divided into two sections, with the All-Ireland champions and British champions meeting to decide the overall winners. Wexford defeated London in the final by 3-15 to 4-4.

The final line-out was: Jim O'Neill (Kilmore); Jim Hyland (Shamrocks), Billy Ryan (Hollow Rangers), Michael Collins (Shamrocks); Bill Doran (Buffers Alley), John Crean (Hollow Rangers), Paddy Sullivan (Shamrocks); Larry Byrne (Shamrocks, capt.), Paul Lynch (Shamrocks); Johnny Walsh (Hollow Rangers), Nicky Newport (St. Fintan's), Tommy Hawkins (Ferns St. Aidan's); Larry Crean (Hollow Rangers), John Coady (Shamrocks), Seamus Whelan (St. Martin's). Subs. - Mylie Lambert (Enniscorthy St. Aidan's), Noel Hayes (St. Martin's), Ollie Hearne (Shelmaliers), Jim Kehoe (Cloughbawn), Marks Redmond (Shamrocks), Michael Hickey (Cushinstown), Tom Murphy (Cushinstown).

Another interesting aspect of the day's proceedings is the fact that two town teams will contest the Minor hurling Division 1 championship final curtainraiser for the first time in many years.

Faythe Harriers and Rapparees will do battle at 1.15 p.m., with the Wexford lads having beaten Fethard in the semi-final while their Enniscorthy rivals saw off Naomh Eanna after a replay.