Boyles playing a big part for Kingdom

IF HURLING was horse racing, then the Boyles from Ballyduff would be thoroughbreds. On Saturday Mikey will lead out a Kerry side into Croke Park for the Christy Ring Cup final alongside brothers Liam, Aidan and Pádraig.

Boyles playing a big part for Kingdom

A proud day for dad Liam and mom Helen who produced six hurling sons and daughter Louise. Liam won 10 county SHC medals with Ballyduff and Helen is sister of the great Pat Moriarty of Causeway who won an All-Ireland junior title with Kerry and played with Munster in the Railway Cup.

Kenneth and Colm are not involved in Sunday, with the former now retired and Colm concentrating on hurling with the very famous and successful Ballyduff club.

“I don’t like talking about the lads (brothers) because this is a team built on everyone playing their part and working hard for the cause,” said Mikey.

“The Boyle brothers will not bring the Christy Ring Cup back to Kerry on their own and while it’s a proud day for the family, it’s all about the squad and the work ethic and everyone playing their part.”

Mikey is happy enough that Kerry have improved by playing better teams in Division Two and hopes that advantage over Wicklow will tell.

“We started off shaky enough at the start of the year but we are coming into form now, which is a good time, and maybe we will peak on Saturday.

“Last year the league was easier down in Division Three because you got a couple of extra seconds on the ball while this year in the higher division against stronger teams, you don’t get that much time.

“I think it’s fair to say that we found our first year in Division Two tough and that is why we were not performing that well but now that’s behind us so we might just be able to play with more freedom.”

But he’s well aware of the threat the Garden County poses.

“I would not be taking any of the 1/3 on offer by the bookmakers about Kerry. I know they are a Division Three side but so were we last year and we came within a whisker of beating a Division Two team in Westmeath so I wouldn’t underestimate them for one second.

“We beat them in the semi-final last year after being down to 14 men. They will be strong but we have to be confident — if we are not, then there is no point in travelling.”

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