Kilburn Gaels 2-12
St Gabriel’s 1-08
by Sean Moriarty
Saturday’s Collins Cup final says everything about the wane of St Gabriel’s as is does about the re-emergence of Kilburn Gaels.
St Gabriel’s, the most successful hurling club in London have not enjoyed the best of season so far. Last year the swept all before and after them on the way to a Collins Cup and County Senior Championship double.
So far this season they have endured a roller-coaster start to their defence of their county title. The weekend’s biggest hurling encounter marked an opportunity for the men in maroon to redeem themselves but were laid bare by a far superior Kilburn side. The 2010 county champions previously won the Collins Cup in two years ago, and as important and all as this competition is, the North West Londoners have their eyes on the bigger prize come late summer.
Captain Keith Kennedy expressed as much at the final whistle. He said: “Gabriel’s is a good team and it is never easy beating champions. We have a very strong team and we are delighted with the win but we won’t be reading too much into this come the championship.”
Wise words indeed. But he seemed to forget that his squad controlled this encounter from the outset.
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