Rossiter: 'Less pressure' on Oulart now
For Keith Rossiter and his Oulart-The Ballagh club-mates, this Leinster campaign is different to the rest. Better, even.
The pressure is off now. And they know about pressure in Oulart. Losing four provincial finals on the bounce between 2010-2013 is an almost unmanageable weight to carry around. But after they got over the line in last year's final against Cuala, they walk a little easier now.
"That's exactly the way we looked at it below in Oulart," Rossiter said. "After winning Leinster, do we forget about everything now and stop and take our foot off the gas and be happy with it or do you push on and try to get back into the championship? That was the goal, the goal was to get back to Wexford Park and to win the championship. We done that, it was brilliant. We're in bonus territory again."
"There is (less pressure), there is, yeah. That's what I'm sort of saying to you. The pressure for us this year and the major relief was winning the (Wexford) championship, believe it or not.
"People would laugh at you, you've done it so much in the last 10 years and say,'What pressure is on you do it when you're doing it the whole time'.
"But it was massive. It was massive because I suppose you build it up within yourselves, within the camp, you get used to county final day and you want to be there again and when we get there then you have to win. You have to win because getting beat on county final day is not a nice feeling. That happened to us before. So I suppose, yeah, that's the pressure and the release cap is off I suppose and we're in Leinster now.
"It's just a matter of going and hurling now and God only knows who's going to win Leinster, it's that competitive. It could be anyone. History has shown that over the years."
They face St Rynagh's in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday and Rossiter is expecting a tight game.
"They beat Coolderry and they beat Kilcormac/Killoughey who we struggled against for the couple of years in Leinster as well so they're knocking on the door in Offaly for the last couple of years and they finally got the breakthrough and now maybe the monkey is off their back, they can go and hurl so we're ready for a massive battle. It's going to be nip and tuck, it's going to be very hard to call."