Returning to senior hurling will benefit the rising starts set to join Scariff’s hurling panel in the coming seasons, midfielder Diarmaid Nash maintained.
Mark McKenna has been an ever-present member of Scariff’s intermediate management for the past five years as they fought to regain their senior status, on Sunday they reached their intended destination and few of the 200 plus people in Cusack Park could share his pride.
Scariff have been crowned intermediate hurling champions after deservingly emerging victorious against Tubber on Sunday evening.
There’s one glaring difference between Sunday’s finalists and the remainder of the clubs who have been relegated since the senior championship overhaul in 2014.
Part of a backroom team with Iarla Tannion, John Clancy, Ivan Conway, Matthew Fitzsimon and Mike Finn, selector Eoin Ruane is hoping that past final experiences can stand to Tubber in their Intermediate Final showdown with Scariff.
Reaching the final of the Clare intermediate hurling championship has not happened as quickly as clicking one’s fingers, it’s why they will savour the build-up to the occasion and aim to make their outing a memorable one for the right reasons.
Sheer necessity finally inched a determined Scariff over the line as they relievedly made it third time lucky to cement a first Intermediate Hurling Final appearance in 38 years following an epic heavyweight derby bout with a truly gallant Smith O’Brien’s in Sixmilebridge on Sunday evening.
Smith O’Briens have qualified for their fourth Clare IHC semi-final in six years after clawing their way back to force extra time and send Corofin crashing out of the competition.
A momentum-fuelled Tubber blitzed St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield with five timely goals to power through to their third Intermediate Hurling Final in four years.
All games in the Clare SHC and IHC will be available to view for free this weekend.