Senior manager well pleased with team’s form in the top division
FAUGHS. The most decorated jersey in Dublin hurling. Johnny Greville considers it a privilege to be managing the famous club.
“It’s a great club,” he says. “Wonderful people. We have a very dedicated group of players. This is my third year as manager and I’m really enjoying it.
“The last two years were difficult for everyone because of Covid, but it’s terrific now to have things back to normal.”
Greville has been impressed with the Dublin hurling landscape. “The standard in Dublin hurling is high. Right through the divisions.
“No matter where we go across the city, we are meeting quality teams. It’s fantastic for us to be in Division 1. It’s so competitive. Every match is a humdinger.
“It’s important to get as many points on the board as early as you can because this league is so tight. Results are hard-won.
“But it’s just so good to get a run of games. The more games you play the better you get. Especially when you are playing quality opposition.”
In the distance, the Go-Ahead Dublin Senior Hurling Championship is waiting. Faughs are in the Senior 2 Championship. In Group 2 with Ballyboden St Enda’s, Na Fianna, Kilmacud Crokes and Thomas Davis.
“We’ll build towards that. We have a young squad that work hard,” states Greville.
But in the meantime, he stresses it’s all about the league. Where Faughs are snugly nestled in mid-table.
A WELCOME return last Saturday for the PJ Troy Tournament – Whitehall Colmcille’s U-13 Dublin hurling festival which celebrates the memory of a special young gentleman.
Fifteen teams took part. Three venues were in use – St Aidan’s School, Ellenfield and the club’s splendid new home on Collins Avenue. Generous sponsorship came from Doramics, Dolphin Electrical and Tuite Air.
Dublin duo Eoghan O’Donnell and Daire Gray took the time to wish the two host teams well. As did Cormac Ryan, from over the Atlantic, where he is cycling across America.
St Vincent’s took gold. They charmed all with their stylish play. The other competing clubs were Clanna Gael Fontenoy, St Maur’s, Clontarf, Cuala, Naomh Mearnóg, Raheny, Éire Óg (Tyrone), Scoil Uí Chonaill, Beann Eadair, O’Toole’s, Naomh Barróg and O’Dwyer’s.
The sun shone. Quality overflowed. And looking on from the sideline were two inspirational Whitehall people, Paddy and Eileen Troy.
THE chat over the coffee and croissants in Croke Park during the week was about the night ‘The Champ’ came to town. The Greatest.
Next July marks the golden jubilee of that historic occasion when Muhammad Ali fought Al ‘Blue’ Lewis in Croke Park.
It took place on July 19, 1972. Ali won the fight, and the hearts of the Irish people.
He stayed at the Sports Hotel in Kilternan. Eddie Keher arrived to show him how to play hurling.
He did a memorable interview with RTÉ’s Cathal O’Shannon. He was as entertaining in the ring as he was outside it.
The official programme on the night cost 25p. There’s a poster of the programme in the stadium. And today the part of the ground where Ali made his entrance is still called the Ali Tunnel.
Two years after the Croke Park contest, he went into the ring against big George Foreman. Most said that Ali hadn’t a prayer. Foreman hit the canvas in the eighth.
Ali was poetry in motion. And as a gent remarked during the week: “There was no one like him.”
PATRICK Horgan stepping into history this season sparked the debate in Dublin.
The Cork maestro became the leading all-time scorer in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
Now the task is to find out who is Dublin’s top hurling scorer in National League and championship history.
Jerry Grogan is keen to find out. He’d welcome any information on email@example.com
This season, Dónal Burke’s displays were a highlight. Hopefully he’ll at least get an All-Star nomination.
It would certainly be a well deserved reward.