A Leinster title is not to be sneezed at, and huge winners St Kieran’s College would never take anything for granted, but.....
While the proud wearers of the black and white colours were happy to win another Leinster senior hurling league crown last week, the provincial and All-Ireland championship honours are top of their agenda this season
During their successful run through the Post Primary schools Roinn A league series the ’College, the biggest winners in championship hurling with 18 victories, tried out 34 players with the intention of being ready for the knock-out event in the New Year.
“It is nice to win the league. There is a good rivalry between ourselves and the CBS, but being totally honest, we are only looking at the championship,” admitted St Kieran’s team official, Liam Smith after another good win.
“We want to try and bring another Leinster and All-Ireland title back to St Kieran’s College. That is the aim.”
There was never going to be much between these great city rivals, he added. He felt the final was a good game for the month of December and both teams showed huge potential.
“The players all know each other,” Mr Smith continued. “They are all friends, and hopfully a lot of them will be playing with Kilkenny next summer.
“We are delighted to have come out on the right side with a win.
“It look like being an open championship in the New Year. A lot of teams fancy themselves. These two teams should go a long way.
“If they don’t, whoever beats them will, or could even go on to win it. We are looking forward to the championship. The league was a building procedure to get to the championship in February.”
St Kieran’s team officials Ken Maher, Ger Flood and Mr Smith gave edveryone a chance to make the top XV.
“It is a prestigious thing to make the St Kieran’s team,” Liam said. “Look at the current Kilkenny senior set up and see how many are former St Kieran’s lads. That is what the current players aspire to.
“Nothing changes. Lads want to wear the colours. We have a lot of lads from the city, and an awful lot from the country as well who might be playing in Roinn B or C competitions. They are getting stronger. They want to compete against the best.
“So far they have risen to every challenge put to them. That is what we want.
“Winning the league is a step in the right direction. It is great for the lads to play in a Leinster final, in Nowlan Park in front of a big school crowd. Fair play to our Principal, Mr Curtis, he had the whole school over watching the match.
“This sort of thing leads to a good spirit in the school. The spirit at the minute is top class, between the sport, the exam results; everything is going well.
“In recent times players like Cillian Buckley and Willie Phelan were huge for us. That responsibility has falling on others now and they are rising to the challenge. In the New Year we will look for more from them.”