The teams that have dominated the County Senior Hurling Championship for the last three seasons will meet at Semple Stadium on Sunday (3.30) to decide the destination of the Dan Breen Cup.
Thurles Sarsfields and Drom/Inch will face each other in an all-Mid Tipp Final just seven days after coming through their semi-finals. Holders Drom/Inch beat Loughmore/Castleiney by 8 points after extra-time while Sarsfields proved too strong for Eire Og Annacarty, winning by 2-22 to 1-13.
The Thurles side, who won the title in 2009 and 2010, never had to scale the heights to ease to a comfortable 12-points victory. County players Pa Bourke (0-6) and Lar Corbett (0-4) were among their top scorers, as were Johnny Enright (with five points) and Denis Maher, who notched 1-2. Centre back Padraic Maher also helped himself to a point.
Drom/Inch, meanwhile went the distance to see off Loughmore’s challenge and the highlight of their win was the incredible 2-13 that county player Seamus Callanan scored. Drom, who won the championship for the first time last year, can also call upon such experienced players as James Woodlock, Seamus Butler, Damien Young and Eamon Buckley, but a tough game that went to extra time is hardly the ideal preparation for the final a week later. Because of that, and the quality that’s in their ranks all over the pitch, Sarsfields are fancied to win the title for the 32nd time.
The curtain-raiser will be the County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final between Ballina and Silvermines at 1.15pm.