BLACKROCK were celebrating two big hurling league wins over the weekend. Fergal Ryan’s side claimed Division 1 honours on Saturday night against Sarsfields.
This was followed on Sunday afternoon by their Division 4 team who got the better of Kildorrery, and the final scoreline of 4-18 to 0-19 was a true reflection of their supremacy in Glantane.
Blackrock manager Olan Murray was thrilled with the latest success.
“We are absolutely delighted. We are very lucky that there is an awful lot of hard work going on behind the scenes. It is very important to give credit to the senior set-up and to the lads involved in the junior. The amount of work that is going on in is phenomenal.
“We had one or two guys who would have hoped to get game time and might have been disappointed not to be playing in the Division 1 final, and they went out today to prove they were definitely up for the challenge.”
Kildorrery were behind by four at the break but fought back to within two points in the second half. Blackrock’s overall work ethic was central to the victory. They finished in style firing four goals in the final quarter.
“We went to watch Kildorrery against Éire Óg, they are a very dangerous side, with incredible heart and incredible spirit. They are a savage team. We were lucky we got the goals when we did because I felt it stopped their momentum. It was unlucky for them when we got the goals but it was brilliant for us.
“How many teams are unlucky with balls coming off the post? We would have been ourselves over the years. Sometimes the luck just rubs for you and that is what happened for us today with Mark O’Keeffe reacting for the first goal.
“Alan Connolly hit two for us. We will be doing really well to hold on to Alan. He is still minor. The thing is to mind him and look after him. That he gets plenty of opportunities and not to get burned out. We were fortunate to have him today.
“Olan Kelleher got our fourth goal, and that came after another very good move and great finish.”
The focus will now switch to the upcoming intermediate championship tie with Grenagh.
“We will enjoy the moment today. It is absolutely fantastic and we will celebrate it. But we are very focused on the next step which is championship.
"We are meeting Grenagh and they are a serious team. Tom Kenny has been around the blocks. We will do our homework and we will be working our socks off to try and make sure we come out of that one as well.”