Time waits for no man, woman or child, athletes too are included in this bracket and unfortunately the talent and ability of Tony Kelly cannot be bottled to pass onto future generations.
Clare needed to be six or seven points ahead at half time in Monday’s Munster under 20 hurling championship quarter final clash with title holders Tipperary as there was a strong breeze blowing down the field.
Leaders will be required in abundance as Clare prepare to take on Limerick in Sunday’s Munster SHC qualifier, David Fitzgerald is hopeful to be chief among them for the men in saffron and blue.
A strong third quarter during which they scored 0-7 without reply helped Tipperary to victory over Clare in the quarter final of the Munster U20 hurling championship on Monday evening.
Clare U20 manager Sean Doyle is upbeat for his side’s chances when they meet Tipperary on Monday despite the loss of key man, Aidan McCarthy.
Two members of Clare’s All-Ireland winning team of 2013 have departed Brian Lohan’s senior hurling panel while three of the most promising young hurlers in the county have joined the squad.
As one of the experienced cohort that experienced the pain of relegation in 2014, Conor McNamara was quick to grasp the significance of Scariff sealing a return to the senior ranks.
Scariff have been crowned intermediate hurling champions after deservingly emerging victorious against Tubber on Sunday evening.
Reinvigorated by the youthful additions in recent seasons, the experienced heads in the Scariff line up will play a critical role in Sunday’s intermediate final, none more so than captain Michael Scanlan.
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.