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The last word: Schools' alarm bell was sounded too early

Eamonn Sweeney


 

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St Joseph's manager Luke Dempsey. Photo: Sportsfile

St Joseph's manager Luke Dempsey. Photo: Sportsfile

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St Joseph's manager Luke Dempsey. Photo: Sportsfile

Luke Dempsey's suggestion at the start of May that the Leinster colleges senior football final might still be played this year seemed absurdly optimistic. All sporting activity had ground to a halt at that stage and with speculation that 2020 might prove an entirely GAA-free year, it seemed unlikely the secondary school decider would be played.

It looked a tough break for St Joseph's Rochfortbridge, who Dempsey had coached to their first ever final. But on Friday of last week, 137 days after qualifying for that historic game against three in a row seeking Naas CBS, the Westmeath school finally got their shot at glory.

To make things even better, they scored a shock 2-13 to 0-15 win in Tullamore. The only pity is that this is as far as Rochfortbridge will be able to go thanks to the cancellation of the Hogan Cup at the end of June. With St Gerald's Castlebar and Tralee CBS having already won their provincial titles and club action currently going on all over the country, it now seems a cruelly premature call.