ARC TRIAL DAY AND MORE.PAURIC MAHONEY AND STEPHEN O KEEFE.
Thank’s for all your kind wishes on yesterday’s haul of plus 20 points and to be honest it should have been more. Hot Snap was again given a horrible ride by Tom Queally. Don’t mind the rubbish that the pundits on the television were spewing out afterwards, this was another balls up from the jockey. I hate having to criticise any rider as they put their life on the line every time they take a mount but I have to take issue with the Waterford native once more. I will go into it in detail later and explain why he got it so badly wrong again. The filly never had a race.
The site is now plus approx. 29 points for our third season. I hope to build that further today.
Ballygunner were victorius in the big hurling clash and to be fair they deserved it overall. De La Salle looked tired and didn’t bring their usual intensity with them yesterday to their game. Pauric Mahoney was superb and again you wonder about some people in this county who were very happy to question his ability and application. He gave a virtuoso display on how to play the sport, his reading of the game was worth the admission price alone. Shane O Sullivan and Philip Mahoney were also powerful and I mentioned David O Sullivan here yesterday in my preview. Jesus this fellow is some hurler. Stephen O Keefe reminded me of Adrian Power at his best, he conducted the entire orchestra from the goalkeeping position and his pinpoint accuracy with the puckouts was exemplary. Barry Coughlan scored the best goal I think I have ever seen in Walsh Park after running the entire length of the pitch almost and giving us a Messi type moment before netting. De La Salle are a wonderful team and club and have been the benchmark for everybody over the past few years. They will be hurting today but they will be back and have wonderful talent at their disposal. I wish them well for the future.
Today’s Quarter Finals.
Mt Sion v Tallow. The bookmakers got it wrong yesterday [ was pointed out on my preview] and this is way way closer than the betting suggests. They go 1/5 Sion and 4/1 Tallow. The Wateford city men have had a very good campaign up to now and are resurgent . Eoin Mac is flying for them and gave a terrific man of the match display v Dungarvan in that tense qualifier. They will look to him and the likes of young Tony Browne and Aussie Gleeson for leadership in a game that could go all the way to the wire. Tallow are dangerous when on song and even more so when Thomas Ryan cuts loose.He will be ably assisted by Mark and Paul O Brien and others and a terrific game is in prospect.
Passage v Ballyduff Upper. Another enthralling contest. Again the bookies have it priced wrong. Passage 4/7 and Ballyduff 13/8. This can go either way. The East boys are flying all year and have the big goal threat in the mercurial Eoin Kelly and of course the now veteran[!!!] and brilliant Noelly Connors minding the house at the back. The West boys under that shrewdie Maurice Geary are tiptoeing into this as quiet as mice. How come Geary is not being mentioned for the Waterford job ? I think their preparation has been textbook and this will be another thriller.
Abbeyside versus ourselves [ Fourmilewater]. Again this should be an even money bet. Richie Foley, Podge and Gary Hurney to mention just a few,they are a very serious team and overcame Dungarvan the last day. Richie is an inspirational player for them and Podge has been banging in the goals. We have had a quieter year this time round and hopefully are coming right. This will be tough also, just like the other games and there is a veritable feast of hurling for anybody in Fraher Field today. Note our game has been brought forward to 4 30 due to a tragic death in the Abbeyside area. Our condolences to the family and friends and to the club.