Hurling and camogie

Creagh Concrete building on solid foundations ahead of All-Ireland final date in Sixmilebridge

The Creagh Concrete team after their All-Ireland Inter-Firms Junior Hurling Championship semi-final win over Leinster champions Romaquip of Offaly
Neil Loughran

THE Creagh Concrete hurlers are hoping to cement their place in history tonight by beating Clare outfit Atlantic Aviation/Molex in the final of the All-Ireland Inter-Firms Junior Hurling Championship.

Managed by Cloughmills man Geoffrey Laverty, the Creagh side is captained by Ahoghill’s Bernard Graham and includes former Antrim star Paul Shiels as well as Dunloy club-mates James, Kevin and Nicky McKeague.

In the semi-final they overcame Leinster champions Romaquip of Offaly 1-15 to 2-9, but Laverty knows a much bigger challenge lies ahead when they travel to Sixmilebridge for tonight’s 6pm throw-in.

He said: “They’re a Clare team, all playing for first division clubs and they’ve been putting up big, big scores. The players we have are strong but we know Atlantic will be favourites.

“We’re looking forward to it though. This whole thing started as a bit of banter in the yard but has led to the Creagh hurling team representing Ulster. Suddenly we’re in an All-Ireland final.

“Creagh is a super firm to work for, very close knit, and the buzz is mad. It’s an All-Ireland final, run by Croke Park.

“It’s something that has come out of nothing. There is a wee bit less pressure, and the guys really enjoy it.”

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Hurling and camogie