Gaels force return to senior with storming performance

WITH a tremendous display of grit and determination, Brosna Gaels won the Intermediate hurling title for the second time in three years at O’Connor Park on Sunday last.

WITH a tremendous display of grit and determination, Brosna Gaels won the Intermediate hurling title for the second time in three years at O’Connor Park on Sunday last.

Brosna Gaels 0-13

St Rynagh’s 0-7

In doing so, they regain Senior status, a rank they held for a year in 2009 before returning to Intermediate grade at the end of that year.

Unfortunately, the dominant feature of this match was the weather. Played in driving wind and heavy rain, the O’Connor Park pitch cut up heavily during the match, particularly down the middle. Players found it incredibly difficult to keep their feet in slippery underfoot conditions. Indeed, great credit is due to each of the 36 hurlers who served up a thrilling encounter and gave such a disciplined performance in conditions that were more suited to rugby than hurling. Certianly December visited Tullamore more than a little earlier than expected last Sunday.

With the benefit of hindsight now, the Leamonaghan Parish side laid the foundation for this title win in the opening half. They were merely two points arrears at the break having faced the elements in the first half and went on outscore St Rynagh’s 0-10 to 0-2 in the second half.