Lucan set for big test

by Gazette Reporter

Lucan Sarsfields Under-16B hurlers are going into this weekend’s championship final against Thomas Davis at O’Toole Park full of confidence and with their sights set on an eventual league and championship double, as well as back-to-back successes at this level.

The side have been performing well in all competitions this season, keeping up the tradition of development in the youth section at the 12th Lock club, and last year secured the Under-15B championship title after defeating Whitehall.

As for the potential double, the league-deciding match will be against Fingallians, with a date and venue to be confirmed.

Coach of the team Dermot English spoke to GazetteSport ahead of the final this weekend, and explained that the preparations have been going well so far.

“We have one injury, we have one player, CJ Smith, out with a broken hand and he has been out for four weeks, but things are going well. We had a light training session this week and we will be ready come the weekend.

“We won the equivalent of this at Under-15 level last year, and we are looking for back to back championships at this stage. Last year it was against Whitehall, and this year we face Thomas Davis, who beat Whitehall in the other semi-final of the Under-16 competition.”

English said that he took the opportunity to take in Thomas Davis in that semi-final, to assess the current form of their final opponents, in spite of having already defeated them in the league this season.

“We went to see them in the final against Whitehall, who came down from Division 1 to play them, and they are a very physical team and they can put it up to anybody on the day, so it will be a tough game but we are looking forward to it.”

The coach said that his side, which includes Dublin Under-16 centre-back Ciaran Dowling, have been going well this season, and that they were set for the big stage this weekend.

“We had a good win over St Oliver Plunkett’s in the semi-final. It has been a straightforward run so far, but the final is the big one on Saturday. The team is strong all over the field, and are confident going into the final. There are big challenges ahead and we are looking forward to it.”

Lucan Sarsfields face Thomas Davis at O’Toole Park this Saturday, October 18, with the throw-in at 2.30pm, the match taking place after the A final between Ballyboden St Enda’s and St Brigid’s at 1pm.

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