Baltinglass Crowned Division 1 League Champions With 13 Of Last Year’s U-20 Winning Team Involved

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BALTINGLASS 2-14 RATHNEW 2-12

Baltinglass were crowned League Champions tonight after turning around a 7 point halftime deficit to record a fantastic victory in Wicklow GAA’s Old Firm Derby! 

Baltinglass had secured the league title well before their clash with old rivals Rathnew tonight but Old is not a word that should be associated with this very promising side. A look at tonight’s victorious side and the side that captured last year’s U-20 title and you can see how promising things are looking for Baltinglass. From what we can make out, 13 of the side who were U-20 champions last year are pictured as part of tonight’s winning squad. Couple them with some brilliant experienced players like John McGrath, Peader Burke, Mikey English, the Burkes to mention just a few and you can see the cause for excitement out west.

From that U-20 winning side we have the following that are pictured in tonight’s winning side: (Open To Correction)

  1. Paddy Whelan
  2. Mark Jackson
  3. Adam McHugh
  4. Johnny Keogh
  5. Sean Doody
  6. Jordan Deans
  7. Cian Lee
  8. Dan Kelly
  9. William Rodgers
  10. Darragh Doyle
  11. Tadgh O Toole
  12. Aaron Barrett
  13. Paddy Kirwan

 

The league table tells its own story about the importance of squad depth and youth with a 14 game league campaign every Squad is tested through injury, suspensions, exams, loss of County players and many other reasons so a young durable squad is a major advantage. The mere sight of a crutch in the photo adds credence to that line of thinking!

Division 1 Standings

PosTeamPLDWDLPFPAPDPTS
11411122221546823
2148241831572618
3147342131743917
4147252191704916
5147252071941316
6147162192011815
7131111115219-1043
8131012122231-1090

Baltinglass have put effort into their underage structures and on current form it seems like that work is starting to materialize in their adult teams. They have secured the first piece of silverware on offer and are number one seed for the Dunne Cup Semi Finals. Their odds to be the team with the Miley Cup in their hands at the end of the year has no doubt now shortened and the outlook for the next 10 years based off the age profile of this team is one many sides would be very envious of. Leagues however are not championship and that fact is known only too well by the men in charge who have plenty of league and championship medals in their back pocket so they know a good league campaign means nothing come championship but you would have to be naive to say that Baltinglass won’t have a massive say in the destination of the Miley Cup in 2019 and beyond!

 

Bill Hill has been writing sports articles for years. Contact us at (087) 6009012 or billhillwicklow@gmail.com