South Tipperary u-21 hurling final should be a thriller

The curtain will come down on what has been a long and very active year on the South Tipperary GAA scene with next Sunday’s hugely attractive under 21 hurling hurling (A) final between Ballybacon-Grange and Killenaule.

The curtain will come down on what has been a long and very active year on the South Tipperary GAA scene with next Sunday’s hugely attractive under 21 hurling hurling (A) final between Ballybacon-Grange and Killenaule.

The game will be played in Monroe at 2 pm. The championship is sponsored by Bob Fitzgerald and the trophy on offer is the Kieran Flynn Cup which commemorates the memory of a fine young Cahir player tragically killed in a road accident some years ago.

Both sides have had their successes in the competition down the years and Killenaule in particular enjoyed a great purple patch when taking six titles in a row from 2000 to 2005.

Both sides were impressive in their semi-final displays last weekend with Ballybacon-Grange proving too strong for a young Ballingarry and Killenaule holding off great rivals Mullinahone by the narrowest of margins in a thrilling encounter.

The indications are that decider will provide a gripping finale to the year and very little should separate the teams. On the Killenaule side “Bubbles” O’Dwyer will definitely be the man to watch whilst minor All-Ireland medallist Tom Kirwan and Billy Hewitt will be expected to make major contributions for Ballybacon-Grange.

Whatever the final outcome this is expected to prove a clash to savour and it should be well worth taking an hour away from the Christmas shopping and making a trip to Monroe at 2 p.m. on Sunday.