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A LIVELY opening suggested that Mullinavat could make Thomastown’s Grennan pitch a happy hunting ground at the weekend.
But in a lively and hard fought battle it was Bennettsbridge who eventually showed their true colours and proved good value for their 1-17 to 2-8 win.
The Rod Iron will be happy that they put in a brave performance but even their Herculean effort was not enough to upset the ‘Bridge.
The latter is a team of mostly young, but yet not inexperienced stars, sons, cousins or neighbours of the past masters of Bennettsbridge who for so long were the kings of Kilkenny senior hurling.
So good were the heroes of yesteryear that their names invariably are mentioned in hurling chat following a present day game that may have been played a few hours only before any pub post mortem.
The people of the ‘Bridge and hinterland have always loved their hurlers. Nostalgia would certainly be spelled with a capital ‘N’ if the present crop were to go on to county final glory.
The semi-final draw pitted them against the lads up the road who had unceremoniously sent O’Loughlin Gaels packing from the championship.
The battle of the ‘Bridge and Clara could certainly be billed as a confrontation between noisy, yet quite friendly neighbours, certainly off the pitch.
It is a game to look forward to.