There were great scenes of excitement as the LaoisToday car pulled up outside of Paddock NS today, where from junior infants up to sixth class were cheering on the Slieve Bloom intermediate hurlers.
Hurlers past and present including Ben Conroy, Damien Dowling, Gavin Conroy and Darragh Delaney, also brought in the Junior C football trophy which they won recently.
Ger Manley’s side face Camross in the intermediate final in O’Moore Park on Saturday night and the children of Paddock NS were eager to tell our photographer Julie-Anne Miller all about their match predictions.
Slieve Bloom staged a remarkable comeback against Clonad in round one of the championship to face Camross in the next round. Here they defeated Camross 1-27 to 2-11, but manager Ger Manley is under no illusions that Saturday will be an easy battle.
“Camross were unlucky with a number of scoring opportunities that day, and whatever we hit seemed to go over, but it doesn’t always work that way,” said Ger.
They overcame Clough-Ballacolla 2-14 to 0-14 to earn their place in the final, and will have the whole of Slieve Bloom cheering them on in O’Moore Park.
Slieve Bloom is currently a sea of orange and white – with bunting, banners and flags hanging out of every building from Ballyfin to Camross.
Last week, the area was vandalised and flags torn down, however the residents soon made the area look better following the act of vandalism.
We’re sure with both Slieve Bloom and Camross communities firmly behind them, this age is set to be a very exciting local rivalry.
Slieve Bloom take on Camross in O’Moore Park on Saturday, September 22 at 7pm.