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Alan Aherne’s Tuesday Blog: 9 November 2021

The talking points were plentiful after last weekend’s action on the local GAA scene.

There was a three-in-four chance of a new pairing for the Dominic Smith Electrical Senior football championship decider prior to Sunday’s semi-finals. HWH-Bunclody versus Gusserane was the only potential repeat of history, as the Enniscorthy District men won their two titles at the expense of the O’Rahilly’s in 1982 and 1985 respectively.

However, Shelmaliers spoiled the possibility of a third final clash between the clubs when they ended the super run of HWH-Bunclody on a 3-8 to 0-8 scoreline.

And now they will meet Gusserane at 2.15 p.m. next Sunday, after the New Ross District side continued their very impressive form in the knockout stages with a 1-8 to 1-5 dismissal of St. Martin’s.

Our regular columnist Billy Dodd is tipping the Shels to claim a second title, but he was proven wrong about Gusserane last Sunday so let’s see if they can do it again!

The Amber Springs Hotel & Ashdown Park Hotel Intermediate football championship will conclude with a pairing that is guaranteed to provide a new team for the Senior ranks, with Crossabeg-Ballymurn and St. Mary’s (Maudlintown) both seeking a first-ever title in this grade.

If you’re attending Chadwicks Wexford Park next Sunday, or perhaps watching the games on Wexford GAA TV from the comfort of your own home, prepare to witness some very emotional scenes after the final whistle in this one, regardless of the winner!

St. Mary’s were one of three sides to make it through to finals last Saturday with historic penalty shoot-out wins, along with Cloughbawn in the Joyces Expert Intermediate ‘A’ football championship, and Monageer-Boolavogue in the Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior football championship.

Read all about these matches in the 16-page Championship supplement which is part of an overall 32-page package of local sports coverage in the current editions of the Wexford People, New Ross Standard, Gorey Guardian and Enniscorthy Guardian.

We had reporters at every football championship game in the top five grades last weekend, as well as all four District finals in the Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior ‘B’ football championship. And members of our team were also on hand at both Senior camogie championship semi-finals, as well as another batch of Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman finals, sponsored by the People Newspaper Group.

We also preview next Saturday’s ladies’ football Senior and Intermediate championship final double bill in Bellefield in our action-packed supplement.

Enjoy the games over the weekend, and best of luck to the participating teams.

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