Meet the players/ Mentors contesting the Co. Final next Sunday 2.30 in Wexford Park V Horeswood.Capt Fergie Parker introduces his team
DECLAN MURPHY: Deckie has worn the ‘Cul Baire’ jersey for our club for a long number of years now. His long relieving clearances and puck outs are a big asset and is a great shot stopper. Experience is vital in this position and in Deckie we have that.
STEPHEN WHELAN: Stephen is a new arrival into our club and parish having previously played with Monageer/Boolavogue but since his ordination into the Kelly clan he has contributed greatly to this junior team. Tight marking defender who will give his all to win this final.
FERGAL PARKER: Mr Experience and Mr Reliable, Fergie has been there and done that over a long hurling career. His calmness around the square is a big help to all especially the younger players around him. Has started to pass on his knowledge in recent years as he is a trainer with our very successful under 14 team.
DARREN MALONE: Darren is equally at ease with the ‘big ball’ as the Sliothar. Was mid field on our senior football team this year and has been an ever present on this junior team. Won’t be found wanting when the going gets tough.
SEAMUS HARDING: Seamie is another of our experienced players having played Senior for many years. Great burst of pace and tidy Stick Man. Has done great Charity work over the years and his work in our club, off the field, doesn’t go unnoticed. Calming influence on all around him.
COLIN KEHOE: ‘Jimmy’ is another who really leads by example. Has huge senior experience and his positional sense is his strongest attribute. Vital penalty goal in Semi final win over Rapparees and his long clean striking are a huge plus to this team.
KEVIN O LEARY: Kevin is one of our younger players having come through our hugely successful Coiste na nOg section. Has numerous under age winner’s medals in both Hurling and Football. Having a superb year at half back on this team and was very impressive in semi final win. One to watch for the future.
JOHN REDMOND: ‘Pebbles’is our very dependable free taker and his equalizing point from long distance in the Semi Final drawn day versus the Rapps stands out. Really committed player who takes his training very seriously and covers all areas ofthe pitch.
DENIS KELLY: Denis is another of our ‘Older Brigade’ but would give any of the young lads a run for their money. Hurled Senior for many years but has been as good as ever on the run to this final. Got married recently and what effect this has on his hurling career remains to be seen. Good influence on this team
WILLIE O SHAUGHNESSY: Another graduate of our underage section and has the winner’s medals to prove it. Free scoring forward with a great turn of pace. Has had a good year at Wing forward:
CATHAL GAULE: Cathal would normally be regarded as a mid fielder but has made the centre forward position his own in recent games. Very accomplished Footballer who has been an ever present on our senior team for a long number of years. Really committed and has a great burst of pace.
CHRIS GORDON: Chris has had a huge scoring return for this team all year. Equally at home in the corner or on the wing his movement all around the forward division is hard to contain. Very impressive in recent wins and is sure to score today.
RONAN KAVANAGH: Ronan, like many others on this team, has almost all of the Underage medals that are available. High fielding forward whose goal in semi final replay turned the game. Highlight of career to date must be captaining All Ireland Feile Peil winning team in Limerick in 2004:
DES KEHOE: Des has had an outstanding campaign to date with this team. Brother of Colin, Des hurled Senior for many years and has put that experience to full use this year. Strong, physical player who is always good for a score.
IBAR MURPHY: ‘Hurler’ is our ace marksman from play and the placed balls. Lots of miles on the clock but going as good as ever. Huge contribution to our scoring total this year and still has the burst of speed that has served him so well over the years. Cool head when under pressure.
FEARGAL HYNES: Feargal’s year has been curtailed a bit by injury but thankfully back to full fitness now. Brilliant underage Hurler and Footballer in recent times, his great stick work and determination are his key strengths. Made a huge impression when introduced in Semi final and is sure to feature today.
COLM TYNAN: Colm came out of retirement to play in quarter final win over Ferns and looked as if he was never away from the game. Hugely experienced at both codes and has been coaching younger football teams in recent years. His know-how could be vital for a Shels win today.
JOHN KELLY: A serious knee injury earlier in the year put pay to John’s contribution to Shels hurling for 2011. Has hurled Senior for many seasons and his influence has been missed by all involved with this team. Patrols the side line now and therefore has a big role to play today.
CONOR TOBIN: Conor is the ‘baby’ of our team but already has a County Winners medal in 2011 having been a major part of our Premier Minor football win recently. Has played a lot on this team this year and may see game time today. Sweet striking defender who is a player for the future.
GLEN MURPHY: ‘G’ was captain of our recent victorious Minor Football team and was also part of the County Minor Football team this year. An accomplished hurler too who made a big impression when introduced during the second half of the semi final win. A real leader who has a very bright GAA future ahead of him.
MICHAEL KELLY: ‘Rocket’ combines the dual role of Selector and player on this team. Has played a part in almost all of our games to date and changed the game when introduced in Monamolin the last day. Hugely experienced who is equally at home in either the back or forward division. Could have a big influence on the outcome today.
JOHN CAMPBELL: John played in goal earlier this year but unfortunately has had to emigrate in search of work in the last few weeks. A star of our hurling success over the last few years at under age level, I am sure that all in Hollymount wish John the best of luck and hopefully we will see him in the ‘Black & Amber’ jersey in the near future.
SHANE BIRNEY: Shane also has his Minor Football winner’s medal for 2011 having played in goal for the team. He is also a confident and accomplished hurler who has established himself in recent years as a free scoring wing forward. Very confident under the high ball his left handed style is hard to handle for most defenders.
WILLIE REDMOND: Willie has been a prominent member of most Shelmalier hurling teams for many years now. Was outstanding on our other junior team this year and will make an impact if called on today. Equally at home in the backs or forwards his clean striking is his greatest strength. Willie has numerous underage hurling medals.
PADRAIG COON: Padraig is a fairly recent recruit to our club. Played on our senior team last year and was frequently on the score sheet from both Full and Centre forward. Injury has seriously curtailed his involvement this season and his presence will be missed today. His long left handed striking is very impressive and hopefully injury permitting Padraig will be back wearing the Black and Amber very shortly.
VINCENT PARKER: Vinny has taken to his management and trainer roles this year with great confidence. He only finished playing himself last year and has been coaching both our Senior and Junior teams this season. Well respected by all in Hollymount, Vinny will be at the helm of many Shels teams in the years to come, no doubt:
MICHAEL KELLY: Mick has combined his playing and managerial roles to great effect this year. He has been involved in all levels of our club both on and off the field for many years now.
DECLAN HEARNE: Deckie too has been involved with our club all his life. He has moved up to the Adult side of our club in recent years having previously coached at Coiste na nOg level.
CHRIS McGRATH: Hopper too, manages to combine the role of player and selector without much hassle. He returned to our senior team this year having suffered a very serious Achilles injury last season and had one of his best years ever on the playing field with many impressive displays.