This weekend the GAA hurling and football championships roar into life and no matter what the weather is like, it’s fair to say that for many of us the Summer starts here. The Sunday Game is back on RTÉ and already we’ve had a shock with Westmeath earning a two point victory over Antrim last night!
For Wexford it all gets underway on the June holiday weekend when the hurlers travel to Tullamore to face those most sticky of opponents, Offaly on Saturday 2nd June (7pm). Then the footballers hit the hallowed Croke Park turf the following day – Sunday 3rd June – to face the winners of the Longford/Laois clash which takes place later today. The preparation of both squads is reported to be going well with both playing a number of challenge games over the past week to sharpen them in advance of the cut and thrust of Leinster championship action.
For supporters this interlude between the end of the league and the start of the championship is often a mix of anxiety, excitement and speculation. We wonder how the team will perform, how the new comers will react, will the injuries clear. It’s also a time to dream, at this stage anything is possible. We wonder will be see our teams climbing the steps of the Hogan and lifting a cup? We wonder should we keep September clear ‘just in case’!!
Memories of glorious summer days of years gone by loom large, days like the one when Mick Jacob cracked a last second winner to beat Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Semi Final in 2004 or the excitement that was the All Ireland Hurling Semi Final of 2003 when Rory McCarthy scored a famous equaliser, or the day that Mattie Forde almost singled handily overhauled a 10 point deficit to beat Meath!
What does Wexford mean to you? Are you the sort of supporter who, like a stick of rock, is purple and gold to the core? Do you walk taller when our teams are going well? Is the Purple and Gold and the Wexford jersey sacred to you?
If so, then we’re asking that you say it loud and say it proud, ‘Wexford: It’s who we are’
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