By Damian Dolan.
Warwickshire captain Conall Maskey needs no greater motivation for Saturday’s final than to relive the feeling that accompanied Fullen Gaels’ All Ireland Club JHC final defeat on the hallowed earlier this year.
The Manchester side put in a heroic effort to take Kilkenny’s Thomastown to the wire before going by just three points. Despite the plaudits that inevitably and rightly came the way of the Warwickshire champions, Maskey – one of a number of Fullen players now returning to Croker with the county team – has no desire to again experience that feeling of disappointment.
“It’s a massive incentive for us,” said the Warwickshire captain. “It’s a fantastic feeling walking out onto the pitch at Croke Park, but as many Gaels across the country will testify there’s nothing worse than walking off empty-handed.
“The fact that we’ve got another bite at the apple has given us a great incentive to give it everything, and hopefully leave with the spoils this time. It’s a massive inspiration for myself and I’m sure a lot of the Fullen Gaels boys will feel the same.
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