Luke third in skills test
Luke Roche, representing Shelmaliers and Wexford, finished in a very impressive third place at the national Féile Skills Star Challenge held in Abbotstown on June 10.
It was a very close contest, and Luke was unlucky not to take home first.
As a first year Under-14, this was a tremendous performance from the Wexford representative who numbers current inter-county players Aaron Maddock, Jake Firman and Conor Firman among his first cousins.
It was a very eventful day for Luke, as he was thrilled to come back to Innovate Wexford Park that evening to play in the half-time exhibition game for the Wexford Rackard League team against Kilkenny.
Luke received his award for third spot from Martin Skelly, Chairman of the national Féile committee, Dublin hurler Liam Rushe, and Ann-Claire Monde, Marketing Manager, John West.
The first winner of the national Féile skills hurling title was Pat Ryan of Kilkenny in 1975, and the victors since then have included Pat O'Leary of Duffry Rovers in 1985, and Nicky Keane from Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's in 1996.