St Colman’s ’must keep focus on the final’

St Colman’s College Fermoy manager Garvan Queeney has urged his charges not to get caught up in the longstanding history they have with St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A hurling (U16½) championship final in Clonmel.

St Colman’s ’must keep focus on the final’

While Queeney has full appreciation of the schools’ past, and notes it will be an intriguing sidebar, St Colman’s need to “treat it as any other game”.

“Obviously the history always brings its own excitement and there are games that go back a long, long time. The fact that it’s an All-Ireland final is brilliant but we have to focus on the game.

“There is a lot to improve on (from the All -Ireland semi-final against Gort CS). If you come away from a game thinking you can’t improve on something, you’ll fall into a trap and lose concentration.

Vice-principal Queeney, who has been involved with the school’s GAA set-up for the last 14 years, tells how much a win tomorrow (throw-in 2pm) would mean to the school, who are looking to cap off a successful year.

“A win would be massive for the school. We performed so well in the Dean Ryan Cup final and replay against Thurles.” Queeney said, before dismissing the idea that the team may be fatigued. “Fatigue doesn’t come into it. St Kieran’s are in the same position as us. So the last thing we want to do is use excuses. We’re fresh enough and we have a full squad for Sunday.”

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