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Croke Park is a first for Templenoe 2016-02-04 09:05:00

Croke Park is a first for Templenoe

While some of their more illustrious club men have graced the hallowed field that is Croke Park on many an occasion, Saturday’s All Ireland Junior final against Ardnaree/Sarsfields of Mayo (throw-in 3pm) will be a whole new experience for the Templenoe Club.

The Kenmare District side are arguably the most impressive Junior Championship winners in Kerry for quite some time but I am sure that deep down they will be quite thankful that they had to fight tooth and nail to get over a defensively minded Curraha side of Meath in a tough semi final. That game was a reminder to them that sometimes you have to leave the flashy play on the sideline and dig out a closely fought victory. To their credit Templenoe did just that and no doubt they will be relishing the sight of the wide open spaces of Croke Park. A youthful side, they play a very attractive brand of football where moving the ball at pace is the core aim.

Their march to Division 1 of the County League last season for the first time in the history of the competition is testament to the well-being of the side. They won all four games in Kerry by six points or more and got a good test from Bandon of Cork in Munster before winning by three points.

Hopefully on Saturday they will reproduce the form they are capable of and bring the Junior Club title back to Kerry for a 7th time.

The game is live on Irish TV:  Click here for details