Offaly quartet Shane Dooley, Joe Bergin, Rory Hanniffy and David Kenny picked up Interprovincial medals on Sunday, as Leinster claimed their 27th M. Donnelly Interprovincial hurling title.
Managed by Joe Dooley, Leinster won 2-19 to 1-15 over Connacht in the decider. Shane was delighted to do something his Dad was unable to do and pick up an Interprovincial medal.
“Well he’ll say he has one now for managing, but it’s nice to have one on the field of play anyway,” he said.
“It’s super, we are delighted with the win anyway. I was always going hard for it, everyone was taking it very serious and I’m just delighted to be a part of it now really.”
From an Offaly viewpoint, Faithful boss Ollie Baker would have been tremendously happy with the contribution of his players.
Bergin and Dooley were dangerous in attack with Rory Hanniffy also playing quite well in defence. David Kenny featured also as a second-half substitute, and Shane was delighted to see so many Offaly players involved, in a starting line-up which included eight from Kilkenny, three from Dublin and one from Wexford.
“It’s a good sign, the last day (against Munster) there was an awful lot more Kilkenny lads playing, but to have myself, Joe and Rory there it’s a good sign for Offaly hurling for the year,” he said.
Looking ahead to next weekend’s Allianz League tie against Wexford, Dooley says that nothing will come easy.
“Wexford are on the back of a loss to Antrim and they are going to be hurting, so it will be tough. Especially when it is down in Wexford we know what we are in for. We are taking it very seriously and we are looking forward to the game as well.
“We have them later on in the year in the Championship, so it is going to be a tough battle now.”
Dooley says to have a game of the intensity of last Sunday’s Interprovincial final sandwiched in between league ties is the best preparation for all players involved, as they return to their county setups.
“That game on Sunday is going to bring us on a sight. It’s better than any challenge game or any training session. It will keep us in touch and we are happy enough with it.”