Fitzhenry still hoping to be Wexford No 1

THE legendary Damien Fitzhenry could be seen in the Wexford colours for yet another season despite the fact that he turned 35 last month.

The celebrated goalkeeper yesterday didn’t rule out the possibility that he will sport the famed purple-and-gold jersey for a remarkable 18th year in the 2010 league and championship campaigns.

The Duffry Rovers club man made the breakthrough on to the Wexford senior team in a Leinster Championship clash with Laois in 1993. In the interim, he remains first-choice netminder under a succession of different coaches.

“I haven’t given any thought yet to retiring from inter-county hurling,” said Fitzhenry, who was one of the key figures in Wexford’s All-Ireland win in 1996.

“There is a definite possibility that I will give it another go next year, but I probably won’t make up my mind about next year until the end of this year’s club championship.”

Duffry Rovers have at least one more match in the domestic competition, but the Enniscorthy District outfit will have at least two more outings if they progress from the league stages of the championship.

After a round played back in mid-May, the Wexford hurling club competition resumed last weekend, with two-time All Star Fitzhenry keeping a clean sheet as Duffry Rovers handed out a 2-14 to 0-17 beating to Ferns St Aidan’s.

In their previous tie, Fitzhenry’s club lost to Rathgarogue-Cushinstown, so if they suffer a similar fate in their remaining fixture against St Anne’s, leaders in the four-strong Group A, Duffry Rovers will fail to make the knockout stages.

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