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Clonbur ready for Croke Park.

Under the guidance of former Galway selector Stephen Joyce, Galway side An Fháirche are on the verge of winning their first ever All Ireland title at Junior A level.

On the Galway/Mayo boarder in the ‘back and beyonds’ lies a Junior ‘A’ club with a committed, talented and loyal bunch of footballers from Clonbur who will descend on Croke Park this Sunday ahead of their clash against Derrytresk of Tyrone. The Tyrone side need no introduction after receiving alot of media attention in the build up to the final albeit for the wrong reasons. As you are all very aware of, the antics of the club in their All Ireland semi final against Dromid Pearses of Kerry has landed them in a lot of trouble with several bans being handed out to supporters and players alike. Their talesman Joe McKee who was due to be banned has been cleared to play in the final. But a staggering seven players have recieved bans and they will miss the Sunday showdown at head-quarters.

I don’t know what to make of it all, but from the Youtube videos it seemed fairly wild and the GAA have responded in kind with bans, the most eye catching being Derrytresk five year ban from provincial competition, too much? A lot of talk was doing the rounds suggesting they would pull out and leaving Clonbur as champions seemed wide off the mark and they will participate this Sunday with a weakened side.

But anyway, back to Clonbur. It their big day and a mass exodus is planned in North West Galway as the locals flock to support their team. With players such as Eoin Joyce and the young Kyne twins leading the team, it should bode well against a weakened Derrytresk side, then again, they are a wounded animal after the negative press they have recieved in the build up to the final and it will be interesting to see their reaction.

Best of luck in the final Clonbur, heres hoping you come back across the Shannon with the cup! Also good luck to Davitts of Mayo managed by Galway man Pete Warron who interestingly was a selector with Stephen Joyce when Galway won the All Ireland in 1998 and 2001 with John O’Mahony in charge.

While I am at it, good luck to Gort in their senior All Ireland club hurling semi final on Sunday also!

Phew, I think iv’e mentioned everyone!


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