Hurling in Clonmel received a major boost with the surprise victory of Clonmel High School in the Canon Fitzgerald Cup County under 17 and a half hurling final.
The Clonmel school beatl Nenagh CBC 0-15 to 0-9 in the decider at Dr Morris Park in Thurles.
Captain Sean Gunne received the cup from County Board chairman Sean Nugent
This magnificent victory was an historic first for Clonmel High School. The School has been performing very well of late in various ‘A’ competitions in hurling, at U-14 and U-15 levels. This latest success is yet another major boost to hurling in the school. The victory was well deserved. All fifteen players contributed to the success by working extremely hard for the hour and showing lots of skill in the process.
Last February, Clonmel High School narrowly lost out to Dungarvan CBS by one point in the Munster U18½ semi-final. Thirteen of this team were senior panellists on that day, and nine of them played on the day. No doubt, that memory drove on the Clonmel lads and this victory compensates in some way for that devasting defeat
Clonmel High School: Tadgh Lonergan, Jason Ryan, Sean Gunne (Capt), Sean Nagle, Michael Meagher, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Guiry, Tom Kirwan, Dermot Ryan, Tom Cooney, Ross Mulcahy, David Collins, Conor Gleeson, Alec Owens, Ross Peters.
Subs: Michael Boland, Luke Boland, Patrick Morrissey, Shane Lonergan, Eric Walsh, Liam Ryan, Sean Ryan, Richie Gunne, Mike Hogan, Paul Maher(inj).
Mentors: Paddy O’Gorman, Liam Rice and Noel Russell