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Thursday November 30th 2023
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Warwickshire’s new hurling champs

Hard fought action in last Sunday's Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship FInal at Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham. Winners Fullen Gaels in green. (Photo courtesy of Fullen Gaels HC).

A look back to last weekend’s Warwickshire Senior Hurling Final saw Manchester side Fullen Gaels overcome last year’s champions Birmighman’s John Mitchells to take this year’s championship at Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham. Though weather conditions were good, the fare wasn’t earth shattering perhaps due to very close marking from both sides. Both teams had 14 players between them on the Warwickshire panel and perhaps familiarity had assigned this final to a low scoring tight affair. And, that’s what it turned out to be with Fullen Gaels shading things by two points on 0-07 to 0-05 at half time.  The second period continued as a hard fought encounter but the Gaels kept the pressure on and pulled away in the end for a deserved 0-11 to 0-07 victory. This is a great boost for hurling in Manchester as Fullen Gaels have only been in existence since 2005.  
In the Junior Hurling Final it was all one way traffic as local club Sean McDermotts proved far too strong for Corby side, O’Rahillys on a score of 2-14 (20) to 0-04. In the replay of the intermediate football semi final, despite a late penalty by St Finbarrs of Coventry, St Mary’s of Wolverhampton held on to win by 1-09 (12) 2-02 (8).  The winners will now play John Mitchells for the intermediate championship tomorrow, Sunday Oct 17.