Zane Keenan’s Camross begin their senior hurling championship campaign against Rathdowney-Errill tonight.
The free taker was on top form for his club during the league this season – culminating in a big final win over Clough-Ballacolla.
Camross are many people’s favourites to steal the title from Borris-Kilcotton but Keenan says that his side are not getting carried away by their league success.
He said: “A lot of teams don’t have their full crew out every game. We won’t take anything out of that game with Clough-Ballacolla.
“We weren’t our full strength, they weren’t their full strength. They just didn’t turn up on the day and lucky enough we got the breaks. We won’t read too much into it.
“We won all our games in the league bar two, but Ballinakill made a show of us so that really stirred us up a bit.”
Camross have a nice blend of youth an experience in their side.
Players like Mark Dowling and Andrew Mortimer have caught the eye and Keenan says the younger lads are pushing the older lads to improve.
He said: “We have five or six good, strong lads coming in the whole time. We’ve a big panel every year. It’s not just the young lads there’s a couple of other lads there too.
“If you’re not up to scratch you can be taken off. There’s no-one guaranteed of anything on the team. It’s a help in training, there can be fair sessions there sometimes. It’s good to see young lads coming on too.”
Camross club is riding the crest of a wave at the moment.
They contested four league finals this year and won three of them and Zane puts all of that down to the great organisational skills of the people who run the club.
He said: “Yeah we we were in four finals and we won three of them. There’s a lot of older heads there and younger lads, there’s a good blend. There’s a lot of players there, everyone does hurl.
“In rural clubs like ours, everything is raised by ourselves and they do a lot of fundraising. Everyone puts their foot down and keeps going. Everyone just pulls together, the whole club.”