Stradbally bid to make it five in-a-row

STRADBALLY bid for their fifth consecutive Waterford SFC title at Fraher Field, Dungarvan tomorrow.

Bidding to spoil their party are the Nire, defeated finalists on two occasions in the past four years and the last side to land the crown before Stradbally’s domination.

The champions though have not impressed in this title defence, huffing and puffing to victory over Rathgormack, Ballinacourty, before an unconvincing display over Gaultier in the semi-final.

Ironically both have beaten the same opposition in three rounds of the league style championship and the Nire were much more impressive in going about their business.

Stradbally are backboned by the Walsh brothers Tomas, George and county hurling star Michael, the vastly experienced Niall Land, Trevor Curran, Eoin and Stephen Cunningham, Trevor and Oliver Costelloe, John Hearne, Kevin Coffey, along with their inspiration in their semi-final victory Ger Power.

Shane Walsh, arguably the best individual player in the county is the key man for the Nire, and his performance may determine the outcome. Namesake Pat, Liam and Alan Lawlor, David Ryan, John Moore, Connie Power, and ultra-reliable goalkeeper Michael Doocey are all championship veterans.

It’s a final between the undisputed top teams in the county and if they both play to their potential it should be a cracker. Marginal favouritism rests with Stradbally but a draw may be worth a wager.

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