Thursday, May 22, 2008

Men's Club Championships Preview

The climax of the domestic season hits UCD this weekend with Leinster well set to complete the male clean-sweep of All-Ireland titles.
Pembroke Wanderers and Glenanne, have mopped up all of the national titles in the past two years but one of them will have to sit out Sunday’s final as they meet in the semi-final.
The second semi-final, though, could provide more subtle intrigue as Three Rock Rovers attempt to revisit their halcyon days.

Coach Turloch O’Siochain admits his side are facing into the finals stage with ‘trepidation’ but that anything his side can achieve is a bonus. He said “Basically, it’s a win-win situation. We’re peaking at the right time and, for a young squad, everyone is learning fast, including me, about what it takes to perform at the highest level.”

Three Rock have one addition to the squad with Australian Pierre Quesnel delaying his holiday plans to take in the Club Championships, filling in for Ali Haughton who suffered a broken arm on the eve of the pool stages.

Their opponents on Saturday morning are Lisnagarvey, who finished third in Ulster in the regular season.

To the all-Leinster rivalry, and Glenanne have drawn the most recent blood, winning 4-3 in the Leinster Senior cup final though choosing a winner between the two is nigh on impossible.

Pembroke have a few defensive headaches. Conor Harte has been a long-term absentee but has been joined on the sidelines by Colin Kelly with Duncan McKeen, is in line for a recall.

Ronan Gormley faces a late fitness test on a tight hamstring, though his chances are more probable than possible while free-scoring Justin Sherriff is another who must prove he is ready to play.

Saturday 24th May
2.00pm Men's Pembroke W v Glenanne
4.15pm Men's Lisnagarvey v Three Rock Rovers

Sunday 25th May
4.30pm Men's Club Championship Final

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