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Fitzgibbon Cup - here we come!

Published: 19th January 2018

Sunday marks the start of this year’s Fitzgibbon campaign for Trinity’s senior hurlers. After a long gap, Trinity returned to Fitzgibbon last year following back to back Ryan Cup wins in 2015 and 2016.

One team member who’s been involved throughout is Trinity Sport scholar Fionn O Riain Broin (number 7, front row above).

“Heading into the Fitzgibbon Cup last year I think as a group we were very aware of the challenge it would pose for us,” says Fionn. “It’s a huge step up in standard from the Ryan Cup, and the majority of players in Fitzgibbon would have inter-county experience, be it underage or at senior level.

Invaluable
“Last year we were drawn into a tough group with LIT, WIT and DCU, but I think we improved as the competition went on and pushed DCU very close in our last game, losing by two points. I believe that experience will be invaluable as we look ahead to another difficult group involving last year’s champions Mary I, this year’s league winners Carlow IT, and NUIG.”

Luckily, says Fionn, most of that same team is still available to play. “We are all a year older and with last year’s experience under our belt we hope we can make an impact in the Fitzgibbon Cup this year.”

Another constant throughout Trinity hurling in the last number of years has been manager Shane O’Brien (far right, front row, standing), of whom Fionn speaks highly.

“He has been brilliant in bringing the team on over the last three years, adding a professionalism that perhaps had not been there before. The standard of hurling within the group has come on year on year and Trinity hurling is in a very good place as a result of this group’s effort.

Standard
“It was unthinkable only a couple of years ago that we would be able to field a second senior team, as we do now, and last year’s League and Championship-winning fresher team shows the standard of player we now have coming into college.”

The manager himself is happy with how the 2017-2018 season has gone so far. “We have had a fantastic season, winning the division two league title after a very tough battle with Athlone IT. History was made on that night as apparently it’s the first time, in the history of Trinity hurling, that we have our team in division one of the league and the Fitzgibbon Cup, which is obviously the top tier in championship.

“The Fitzgibbon is a fantastic competition and this group of lads has earned the right to be competing against the top hurlers in the country.”

  • Come out and support Trinity’s hurlers, who play NUIG in the first round of Fitzgibbon Cup this Sunday, January 21, at Santry Sports Grounds. Throw in is 2pm. Their two other group games are Thursday January 25 (v Mary I, away, 2pm) and Thursday February 1 (v IT Carlow, Santry, 2pm).