By Damian Dolan.
This year’s London Senior Hurling Championship has a lot to live up to, given all that’s gone before this year.
It’s already been a historic year courtesy of Eamonn Phelan’s London’s hurlers securing National League Division 2B success, before having a tilt at the Leinster Championship and Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Prior to that, Tommy Duane’s London champions, St Gabriels, gave it their all in the All Ireland, only to fall short to Kilkenny’s Clara in the Intermediate Club final by eight points at Croke Park.
It’s an experience which has wetted the appetite of Duane and his players, but first they’ll have to retain their London title and that will be no easy feat. The bar has risen considerably already this year and it’s now up to the London championship to rise to the challenge.
Kilburn Gaels and St Gabriels provided the bulk of Eamonn Phelan’s panel, with Robert Emmetts not too far behind them, although several of their London contingent appear to be heading home.
Sean Treacys are always unpredictable, while Brother’s Pearse, having established themselves in the senior ranks over the past two years, will now be looking to push on and press for a semi-final place.
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