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Monday 23 October 2017

Wexford players shine on the pitch at charity match

By AMY LEWIS

Former Clare goalkeeper and current manager Davy Fitzgerald greets former Wexford goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry.
Former Clare goalkeeper and current manager Davy Fitzgerald greets former Wexford goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry.

Several sports stars were flying the flag for Wexford when their team came out on top at a hurling match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Damian Fitzhenry, Conor Walsh, Dylan Turner, Jamie Reck, Liam Og McGovern and Michael Bernie, showcased the county's sporting talent when their team 'Jim Bolger's Stars' defeated 'Davy Russell's Best' in Saint Conleth's Park, Kildare. The final score of the night was: Jim Bolger's Stars 3:25, Davy Russell's Best 3:15, marking the second win in a row for Jim Bolger's Stars.

'We had a few thousand at the event,' said Donna Parsons from the Irish Cancer Society. 'It went really well. We haven't counted the money yet but Jim has a target to raise €500,000 over the five years. He has already managed to raise €300,000 over three years so he is well on the way to achieving the ambitious goal.'

At half time, Wexford's Damien Fitzhenry did his county proud when he went head to head with another of hurling's best goalies for a penalty shoot-out. Fitzhenry was a strong representative for Jim Bolger's Stars while Clare's Davy Fitzgerald put up some stiff competition for Davy Russell's Best, resulting in a draw. The tense battle delighted the crowds, proving to be one of the highlights of the day.

This year's match marked the fourth year of the event, which was established by horseracing legend Jim Bolger and champion jockey Davy Russell. Each year, a host of Irish hurling and horse racing stars come together for a fantastic game, which also boasts celebrity referees, lineswomen and umpires. Notable sportstars at this year's match included DJ Carey, Brian Cody, Liam Griffin, Niall Quinn and Cyril Farrell.

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