In a year where we had huge uncertainty about the club championship it is fantastic achievement by all concerned to be representing our club in two senior county finals.
The hurling final is quite unique as the champions of 2019, Cuala, and the champions of 2018, Boden, battle it out in Parnell Park next Sunday afternoon.
To represent your club on county final day is a truly special occasion and will be etched in the players memory for many a year.
To say that the preparation has been somewhat different is a bit of an understatement. On March 17th, the country was in lockdown for six weeks and with it huge uncertainty on what the future might bring. Our highlights back then were a zoom call or the obligatory quiz night. I will die happy if I never sit in on another quiz!!
But as time moved on – we began to dream a little and we heard club championship might even start before the intercounty? Surely not!! But yes, our dream became a reality the club championship was going ahead, and we got a defined club fixture list.
From lockdown we went into small non-contact groups for training, to full on, and a first championship game all within four weeks. The clubs all over the country have been looking for a defined club period and one where they would have full access to their county players, and this was now reality.
Could we ask for more!! However, we stumbled at the first block v Crokes but came back roaring in each subsequent game and now find ourselves one step away from been 2020 Hurling Champs.
We wish the management and players the absolute best of luck. The preparation has been excellent with many young players making their debut. We wish each and every player the very best and whether you see the game on DubsTV or TG4 or if we are fortunate that an increased number can view it live, one thing is for sure – the Boden machine is revved up and ready to do battle.
Good Luck lads
John Ryan (Hurling Chairman)