Nemo set for club glory again

NEMO RANGERS are unbackable at 1/7 to win the Munster Club SFC title tomorrow and victory would give them a phenomenal 14th title since the championship began in 1971.

The Cork champions are the most successful club in the country, having won the Cork title on 16 occasions and the All-Ireland seven times, three more than Crossmaglen Rangers.

Ballinacourty, Nemo’s opponents in tomorrow’s Munster final in Killarney (2pm), are appearing in their first final. Former Waterford champions who contested finals without success are Stradbally, Kilrossanty and the Nire.

Stradbally lost to St Finbarr’s in the 1979 final and to Kilmurry-Ibrickane in 2004; Kilrossanty lost to St Finbarr’s in 1986 and Nemo in 1988, while the Nire lost last year to Dr Crokes.

Nemo had their share of luck this season. They were taken to a replay by Clonakilty in the second round of the Cork championship before winning by a point, and in the final were pushed all the way by Ilen Rovers whom they had thrashed in round one.

Moyle Rovers pushed the Cork champions all the way in round one of the Munster championship, before they saw off Ballylanders in the semi-final. Such is the strength of Nemo’s panel that they managed without two of their Cork players, David Niblock and Sean O’Brien.

Ballinacourty are a physical team, but struggled to win the Waterford title. They lost heavily to Ardmore in the group stages before seeing off Gaultier and Clashmore narrowly.

They have to be respected based on their performance when shocking Kerry representatives Kilcummin in the Munster semi-final on Kilcummin’s doorstep and while they were offered a toss for venue, declined and opted to go back to Killarney for tomorrow’s final, a round trip of 200 miles for them.

Make no mistake about it, Waterford football is on the up. Munster Under-21 and junior titles have been won in recent years and built confidence. However Ballinacourty will have to play out of their skins and hope Nemo have an off day to have any chance.

Nemo have only lost one Munster final, to Thomond College (now UL) in 1974. Despite anticipated difficult weather conditions, Nemo are taken to maintain their phenomenal record.

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