Bru Na Boinne… 1-15
Sam Victory certainly lived up to his name as his goal was the crucial component in an early second half blitz which propelled those from the banks of the Boyne into the knockout stages of the RFC.
The St Mary’s club in Donore have a fine tradition of providing individuals who have given Meath GAA distinguished service in various capacitites. Including but not limited to Liam Smith, Tony Craven, Niall Craven, Gareth Bell and referees Noel Martin and Cormac Reilly.
If the last couple of weeks are anything to go by, the name of Sam Victory may soon be added to that illustrious list. Sam first came to this writer’s attention a couple of years back on Twitter.
As a writer and blogger in his own right on all things Meath GAA. Quite an axcomplished one too. But it appears he plays the game every bit as well as he scribes on it!
That said, it was the Dunderry/Cortown/St Ultan’s/Clan Na nGael unit who bossed the early exchanges with the Dunderry duo of Morgan Callaghan and Conor Dempsey giving them a solid platform.
Something built on via a goal from Hugh Staunton of the Cortown club. Lads from there are always hard bet. Meaning that Staunton’s side led by 1-06 to 0-07 at the change of ends.
From there however, it was all a bit of a Victory parade as the lively Donore player led from the from. Though it must be said that he was ably assisted by St Pat’s’ Donal Landy who chipped in with a handful a handful of points.
Mention of Landy brings me to an interesting point. Whilst posting scoring updates on Twitter – as I always do with matches I can’t get to – (Sincere thanks again Walterstown GFC) there was one individual (Isn’t there always?) who took the predictably lazy view that the Regional Championships were nothing but “Trumped up challenge matches” which meant nothing.
To that tiresome negativity, my response was thus – “It’s very easy to be negative, the Regional Championships are a wonderful opportunity for players to put themselves in the shop window for the county management.
Which is exactly what it should be seen as. Especially for those from clubs who may not get the profile they merit and deserve. Regarding what status the new competition will attain, the most important views are those of the players.
On that score, any of those with whom this corner broached the subject were very much in the affirmative. It’s in that context Donal Landy comes to the forefront of my thoughts.
The Stamullen clubman has been one of the most consistent forwards in the county for some time now – something underlined by the five points he posted in this contest as the men from Boyne Valley completed a commendable turnaround.