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Deadly Thomas Davis junior hurlers on the rise with Division 7 title

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Thomas Davis captain Dean Hayes is presented with the Dublin AHL Division 7 cup.

Thomas Davis captain Dean Hayes is presented with the Dublin AHL Division 7 cup.

Thomas Davis captain Dean Hayes is presented with the Dublin AHL Division 7 cup.

This year has been another memorable one for the junior hurlers from Thomas Davis as they secured the Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 7 title with one game to spare last Sunday week.

Their 2-17 to 0-5 success against Kevins was their tenth successive league win in 2022, maintaining a remarkable sequence of results since 2019.

The Kiltipper Road outfit were plying their trade in AHL8 three years and under the management of Gary Gilson and captaincy of Dean Hayes, they matched this year’s achievement in winning all their league games.

Promotion to AHL7 beckoned and they started brightly before Covid intervened, cancelling all league action in the process, and they were further frustrated in 2021 when remaining unbeaten to win the league, only to be denied promotion due to the conditions set out by the Dublin County Board at the start of the abridged season.

However, there was some reward for last year’s efforts as they secured the Junior ‘D’ Hurling Championship crown when defeating Na Fianna in the final with Gilson highlighting the work being done at underage within the club as the main factor in his team’s success.

“When we looked at this team a few years ago, the main objective was to set it up as a valuable support to our senior team.

“There was a big gap between Division 2 and Division 8 and we needed to develop players that in time could make that transition to the senior team and we have been very lucky to have lots of quality young hurlers involved after they leave minor.

“It’s important to give these lads the experience of playing adult hurling and they bring great energy and talent into our team.

“Thomas Davis had a team in the Under 16 ‘A’ Championship final recently, which would have been unheard of a few years back and that just highlights the talent and focus on hurling that’s in the club.

“Of course, it’s not all about the younger lads and we have a great combination of more established lads alongside the younger ones which gives a great balance to the team.

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“Zak Moradi is back playing with us now and he has been very important not only with the experience that he brings but also that the younger lads look up to him a lot. 

“We have the ‘C’ championship to look forward to now this summer and there’s no reason the lads can’t build on what they’ve achieved and be right in the mix for that,” he said.  

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