Burke determined to keep Saints alive

All Star David Burke is hoping to crown a remarkable year by guiding Galway’s St Thomas’s to a first All-Ireland club final appearance when they take on reigning champions Loughgiel Shamrocks on Saturday.

Burke said there has hardly been time to take stock over a hectic period which saw him win a Leinster SHC medal, play in his first All-Ireland senior final, win an All Star and then go on and capture his club’s first county title with a side managed by his father and with his five brothers also on board which captured the imagination of the country.

“It just epitomises club championship around the country. If you go to any club team in the country you’ll have numerous families. You could have five or six brothers playing on any team.

“We are just lucky with the group of players we have at the moment, we are driving each other on to try and win as much as we can at the moment.”

Burke said there is no danger of them underestimating Loughgiel Shamrocks at Parnell Park on Saturday.

“They have much more experience than us at this level. Lougheil Shamrocks are deserving All-Ireland club champions, they deserve massive respect for that.

“Hopefully we can get our preparation right and try and come on the day with a good performance. It’s been a great year but we believe we can go further.”

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