Carlow IT were crowned Higher Education Senior Hurling League champions for a remarkable fourth year in-a-row on Tuesday night with a victory over DCU on a scoreline of 3-20 to 1-17.
The DJ Carey managed institution team completed the historic feat with a solid performance and ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Although the Fitzgibbon Cup championship isn’t until after Christmas, for the colleges involved, much of the hard slog and work is put down before the festive down period. Panels get together and get to know each other better as some lads train together for the first time. Invariably there will be players missing from the setup and will join up with the squad later on as club campaigns are on-going for a select few third-level education hurlers as well as other commitments.
For Carlow IT as a small college to clinch four Division 1 titles in-a-row is no mean feat. This year, having come close last year, Carey will want his side to push on to go one better and clinch the lucrative ‘Fitz’ title.
2017’s heavy final loss to Mary Immaculate College will still sting for some of the players still lucky enough to be involved this time around and they will want to put that right.
UCC, UCC, UL and DCU will also all be right in the mix again.
Check out Carlow free-taker Martin Kavanagh’s amazing effort from a distance outside the 45-metre line in Tuesday night’s clash. The strike found it’s way through to the net following a slight mix-up in communications between DCU goalkeeper and defender, however, take nothing away from Kavanagh.
What a distance this is. Did he mean it?
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man where we spoke with Aidan O’Shea and discussed all the latest club action.