Carrick Davins and Thurles Sarsfields meet in the O Riain Cup final in Clonmel on Sunday at 6.30pm in a game that will revive memories of some of the great clashes in the past between two of the county’s most famous clubs - most notably the 1965 county final also in Clonmel
They dominiated the club scene in the 50s and 60s and one or other appeared in every county final from 1955 to 1970.
Sarsfields beat Davins in a replay to the 1965 final (completing their second five in a row in eleven seasons) but Davins were the coming team and won the Dan Breen Cup in 1966 and ‘67.
Davins are also former Munster club champions and Sars are visiting Clonmel as holders.
At the time of the 1965 final in Clonmel, Thurles were the foremost senior hurling team in the county and when Thurles were on form Tipperary were on form.
With names like Jimmy Doyle, the Murphys, the Kanes, Tony Wall, Sean McLoughlan and not to forget the “Rattler” Byrne along with many more inter county stars they were a formidable team.
With this array of names coming to Clonmel there was a great buzz around Carrick and the south of the county in general and the clubs of the south division at the time showed great support to the Davin team. Now 48 years on little has changed as Thurles will make the trip back to the South with many inter county stars and heroes of our players and as then, the Carrick lads will relish and look forward to the challenge.
Davins traveled to that 1965 county final with many future stars of their own - the Ryan brothers, Jimmy,Tommy and PJ, Mick Roche and Jackie Walsh who went on to win All Ireland honours of their own and not to forget the many other Davin stars of that era who represented their county at various levels.
The game in 1965 ended in a draw with Thurles winning the replay in Cashel and by all accounts they were two great games. It is however ironic as two years later the Davins won their first senior hurling Munster title and now, 48 years on, Thurles travel back to Clonmel as county and Munster champions
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