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Banner County Looking to Claim First Munster Title on Deise's Home Turf

27.07.09

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Captains - Steven Daniels of Waterford and Ciaran O'Doherty of ClareBord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Captains - Steven Daniels of Waterford and Ciaran O'Doherty of Clare

Waterford and Clare Captains meet halfway ahead of Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Munster Final.

Waterford captain, Steven Daniels, and Clare captain, Ciaran O'Doherty, came face to face in Cashel today ahead of their much anticipated Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling Munster Final clash in Dungarvan on Wednesday evening.

Waterford are brimming with confidence after their surprise defeat of current Munster champions Tipperary. Maurice Shanahan, Shane Fives and Shane Casey put in sterling performances to see off the Premier county and much the same work ethic will be needed from each member of the team when they take to the field against Clare. The Deise will be hoping to use their home advantage in Fraher Field to the full and claim their first provincial title since 1994.

Clare, who have never won a Munster under-21 title, were controversially beaten by Tipperary in last year's Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling Under-21 Munster Final and will be determined for glory this time out. The Banner are coming into this game after demolishing Limerick in the semi-final where their forward line showed the class that is demanded at top level inter-county hurling with the likes of Colin Ryan scoring a whopping 3-9 and Darach Honan contributing a personal tally of 1-4.

Half-time in the game will see the second ever Bord Gáis Energy Crossbar Challenge take place. Hurlers representing under-21 club teams in Waterford and Clare will be given five attempts to hit the crossbar with the winner receiving a set of training gear for his club worth €500.

Ger Cunningham, Sport Sponsorship Manager, Bord Gáis Energy, said: "There really is very little separating these two teams and it is set up to be a memorable encounter. Munster finals are always great occasions and Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be involved with such an exciting championship that showcases so much young talent."

Bord Gáis Energy also launched a brand new website to support the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship, www.breakingthrough.ie, which will offer news, information and a host of interactive activity linked to the competition. A major feature of the online campaign will be the ‘Pass it On' viral campaign which is set to take GAA fans by storm this summer. The video sees a sliotar being passed around the country and beyond, starting with Joe Canning in Portumna and on to various GAA stars, celebrities and members of the public in a variety of unusual venues.

Bord Gáis Energy have set up a starting fund of €10,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital and have pledged to donate an additional €2, to be split between the charities, for every video clip that is uploaded onto the site by the public. There will also be a number of competitions running with top class prizes to be won based on the creativity of the footage uploaded. Full details can be found on www.breakingthrough.ie.

Contacts

Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
Tel: 01 6021116
Mobile: 087 7991206
Email: smacdhai@bordgais.ie
www.bordgaisenergy.ie

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