Craughwell v Sarsfields: Senior Shield Preview   16/11/2012

Craughwell and Sarsfields will be the two teams competing in this years SENIOR HURLING SHIELD, and what a time to play it, as it provides the pre-county final match entertainment in Pearse Stadium this coming Sunday at 12:00 noon.

Both sides will be aiming to take some silverware out of their season, that at the beginning looked so promising from a championship point of view. Both sides took big scalps in the Round 1 matches, but failed to live up to that performance in their group stages. They have both now recovered and each has put two wins back to back to reach this final.

Craughwell looked impressive in both their quarters and semi matches, notching up good scores in the process (1-21 and 1-16). They are always an exciting side to watch when in full flow, and will be looking to keep things tighter in the backs on Sunday. Can they pull together a third win in a row is the question, as when they last tried that earlier this year they ended up on the receiving end of a very heavy beating from Portumna.

Sarsfields also scored two good wins in the past month as they took care of the challenges of Athenry and Kinvara. They are always a tough side to beat, but will need more from up front and not be relying on frees. Their season has been mixed up to now, when they failed to perform on a couple of occasions. Which side will turn up Sunday?

It is a credit to both these two sides that they have reached this concluding match in this years Senior Shield. At the beginning of the year there was mixed views of how clubs would treat this competition. I think anyone at any of the quarter-final and sem-finals would be of no doubt that each of the starting 8 sides wanted to win this out, and there are 6 very disappointed teams who regret not having the chance to tog out in Pearse Stadium on Sunday.
The hunger shown by both Craughwell and Sarsfields in getting here was clear and evident, and we can be sure both sides will go fully out to try the lift the Cup.

An exciting match in store. Get there early!

Senior Shield FINAL!!!
Sunday 18th November in Pearse Stadium at 12:00pm

Paths to the Final:
Shield Semi-final: beat Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 1-16 to 2-10
Shield Quarter-final: beat Beagh 1-21 to 2-11
------ other matches --------
Championship Group: lost to Castlegar 0-21 to 0-17
Championhsip Group: lost to Portumna 5-22 to 0-9
Championship Group: beat Kinvara 1-15 to 1-11
Championship Round 1: beat Mullagh 1-10 to 0-12

Shield Semi-final: beat Kinvara 1-14 to 2-7
Shield Quarter-final: beat Athenry 0-19 to 0-15
------ other matches ------
Championship Group: lost to Mullagh 1-21 to 1-11
Championhsip Group: beat Beagh 1-10 to 1-8
Championship Group: drew with Turloughmore 1-12 to 1-12
Championship Round 1: beat Mullagh 1-10 to 0-12

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