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St Anne's And Rapparees Meet In Unexpected Wexford Hurling Final

St Anne's And Rapparees Meet In Unexpected Wexford Hurling Final

St Anne's and Rapparees meet in this weekend's Wexford Senior Hurling Championship final with both sides looking to end long title droughts.

1978 was the last time Rapparees won the championship, while for the Rathangan side, it was 2000. Rapparees last played in the county final in 2001 when they lost to Faythe Harriers.

"Ah Jaysus, it's great," the Rapps' Tom Mahon told the Wexford GAA YouTube channel after his side defeated Glynn-Barntown by four points in the semi-final.

"It's 20 years since we were in one. I got a defeat in that one. This is the third one I've been in - hopefully, this is the third one lucky. It's great to be back in after being out of them for so long."

St Anne's have suffered hearbreak in the final more recently. They lost the 2014 decider Shelmaliers and the 2019 final to St Martin's.

"What I keep saying to the lads is that I don't really care how they hurl as long as they go," said St Anne's manager David O'Connor after his side defeated Shelmaliers in their semi-final.

"They went for everything today. That's what we measure them on. We don't necessarily criticise them for missing a pick-up or dropping the ball, but we will turn on them if they don't chase and work. When you go down to 14 men, you've got to work a little bit harder.

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"They are an incredibly resilient bunch. You couldn't push them hard enough in training. The challenge for us in training is to keep them working hard, and satisfied that they've done enough.

"Maybe, sometimes, their hurling might get underestimated by people, even within the club. They're a fabulous group."

Sunday's final will be live on TG4, with coverage starting at 1:30pm.

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