Plenty evidence then that the hurling stock of North Kerry outfit Causeway CS is rising.
“We’ve certainly done well over the last few years,” admits Maurice Leahy, who is involved with the school in his role as full-time games development administrator in Kerry. “We’re back in another senior final and we’ve been very successful at junior level. It’s a far brighter situation compared to 20 years ago. The big improvement is in the coaching at both schools and club level. I’m full-time involved in hurling coaching but whereas before I had to cover the whole county, now my role is just in North Kerry.
“That enables me to put more time into it and ultimately the North Kerry area supplies 95% of players to Kerry county hurling teams. I do a lot of work at juvenile and primary schools level, and there’s big difference in the standard of hurling being played by kids when they come out of primary schools. The fact that the majority of them are in Causeway together also helps us to work with them.”
The construction of a hurling wall facility at Causeway CS has also been of immense benefit.
“The hurling wall has been a great help,” says Leahy. “We managed to get funding from the money generated by opening up Croke Park and we built the floodlit facility at the school in Causeway.”
The hope is that all their hard work will pay off in the form of silverware this afternoon but Leahy insists they need to improve on the form they showed in the semi-final against Hazelwood College (Dromcollogher).
“We weren’t that great really against Hazelwood a few weeks ago and it was the goals we got at vital stages which helped us.
“We need to step up our level of performance now against Nenagh.”
Meanwhile, after their historic Dr Harty Cup triumph recently, Coláiste na nDéise now turn their attention to the All-Ireland series this afternoon in Walsh Park at 2pm when they face Kilkenny CBS at the quarter-final stage.
Cathal Curran, Kieran Power and Tadhg Burke have been in outstanding form for the Dungarvan side during their march to Munster honours and were to the fore in their final win over Nenagh CBS a fortnight ago.
Opponents Kilkenny CBS are seeking to bounce back from their narrow two-point loss to St Kieran’s in the Leinster decider last weekend. Kevin Kenny, Mason Clifford and Ciarán Doyle were their main players on that occasion and will be seeking to replicate their performances.