Moycarkey Borris will clash with Burgess on Sunday.
The game will provide a great curtain raiser to the main event in Semple Stadium on Sunday
The curtain rasiser for Sunday's hurling county final day in Semple Stadium will see first timers Burgess take on Moycarkey Borris is what is an eagerly awaited clash.
While Moycarkey Borris have won the Seamus O'Riain Cup previously, the competition did not bring with it promotion to the upper tier in the county, and that change has added hugely to the status of the championship.
With both sides having already been promoted to the Dan Breen Cup for the 2019 season, one could be forgiven for thinking that the main mission has been accomplished for the Burgess and Moycarkey Borris men. But, they are having none of that kind of talk and the desire to win silverware is as strong as ever despite the main goal having been achieved.
That desire was a common trend running through the pre-match interviews and of course, with a county medal on offer, any player worth his salt will be going gung-ho for victory. After all, to be able to look back on the year with a medal to show for your efforts would be a major boost in confidence for any team heading up to rumble with the big teams in 2019.
Burgess will have a great attendance in Semple Stadium on Sunday because, apart from being in the Seamus O'Riain Cup Final, their 1993 intermediate county final winning side will be feted on the day as the silver jubilee team – the first time that an intermediate team will be celebrated in such a manner. So, there will be many connections from across the parish between the two teams and the green and gold flags will be flying high – with Clonoulty Rossmore sporting the same colours, the supporters from Nenagh Eire Og and Moycarkey Borris could be forgiven for feeling slightly out numbered.
Burgess overcame north rivals Templederry in their semi-final clash and they had to display much resilience as they came from behind the win the game. A gritty side, they will take a lot of beating and will really relish the opportunity to play in Semple Stadium on county final day. Of course the same can be said of Moycarkey Borris, who accounted for their divisional rivals JK Brackens in the semi-final. The mid men adopted a different path for their season by continuing to train right through the summer, while others took a few weeks off. And, it is template which has worked for them so far as they have hurled particularly well in the second half of the season, having struggled earlier on, including losing to neighbours Holycross Ballycahill.
So, two forms will present for battle on Sunday afternoon and though they have had a few knocks to content with, they will be fighting fit for the big game. Who will win it? Perhaps Moycarkey Borris will enjoy the expanses of the stadium more than Burgess and will have the attacking flair to see them over the line. On the other hand, the north men are a gritty side which has the happy knack of tying up fleet footed forwards. All in all, this promises to be a right battle and there is likely to be little more than the puck of a ball between them.