Senior Review of 2007 - Part 1

November 8, 2018

A Senior Review for 2007?  Are you sure? You know how it ends, it’s not going to be pretty!  Why do you think it’s taken until Jan 08 to do this, it was hard enough writing about them the first time round! Well if you insist, ok.  Just make sure all the lights are turned on, and you have your comfort blankie with you, as it’s not going to be the most enjoyable of stories.


Way back in early 07, the senior team started back in training.  With Paddy Bates newly installed as manager, he quickly got ex-players Joe Dillon and Raymond Cunningham on board as selectors.  Hopes were high as the opening league match approached.


A new management team in place allied with a senior team that had gave county champions Mullahoran there toughest encounter on route to their crown and had just narrowly missed out on the league play-offs.  Also, the Juniors had won Division 1A in 2006.  A positive vibe was obvious and on a crisp March afternoon, the Stars put in an impressive second half display to defeat Drumalee 2-10 to 1-5 in their first league game.  All going well so far, and it’s not to late to turn away.


Still with us?  Fair enough, don’t say you weren’t warned.  A miserable Friday evening on St.Patrick’s weekend saw a narrow defeat at home to Denn.  A tough encounter and the visitors greater strength seeing them through. Still, a comprehensive win and a narrow defeat; not a bad start; Let’s move to April


A hammering away to Ballinagh, and two dreadful defeats a home to Ballyhaise & Cuchullains.  At this stage, a slight concern was creeping in.  Ok, injuries were badly affecting things, but the lethargy surrounding the team was very worrying.  Another poor defeat away to Belturbet and there was no disguising things, this was not good.


Start of June, hope springs eternal.  Eh no! Mullahoran cruise into town.  Big Eddie puts in a virtuoso performance and yet another defeat sees us defeated for sixth time in a row.  Can things get any worse?  Yeah, the Gaels are coming next week!


Part Two to follow next week, if you can bear it……..