Wexford duo primed for Munster Club bid
WEXFORD DUO Eoin Quigley and Eanna Martin are gearing up for an assault on the Munster Club Senior hurling championship with Sarsfields after their 1-15 to 1-13 win over Bishopstown in the Cork Co. final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday week last.
A large Slaneyside contingent made the journey to cheer on two of their own, and it was a particularly special day for Quigley as he was presented with the man of the match award.
The former St. Martin's clubman, and ex-Geraldine O'Hanrahans stalwart Martin, are both now based in Cork and transferred to the Riverstown/Glanmire club at the start of 2011.
And while the club had to look on as Imokilly divisional rivals Carrigtowhill swept to glory last year, over this campaign they were key figure in Sars' success. Quigley operated in his regular county position at midfield while the verstaile Martin was a forceful right half-back, although he kept goal for Wexford throughout the championship which ironically ended for both men with a loss to a Cork team including clubmate Cian McCarthy in Thurles in July.
While Martin starred in the semi-final win over C.I.T., Quigley was the standout performer in the decider, especially in the closing stages when his experience shone through as he made two vital catches.
Interviewed for the Cork G.A.A. website, Quigley said: 'I won in Wexford in 2008 alright, but I was beaten twice in Wexford finals too, so I know what it's like to lose them as well, which made it all the more special to win. A Cork county medal is a great medal to have and more importantly I got to win with a great bunch of lads.
His Reardens G.A.A. man of the match award was presented by Paul Montgomery, with Quigley adding: 'When I moved down here it was about getting to know people, not just trophies or medals, and obviously once I transferred to Sars I saw how good the panel was and the talent they had and that gave me big drive.
'The county medal and playing well in the final is going to help me down in Glanmire for a few years alright, but are there's loads of good players in the team and plenty of lads who could have come from the bench as well so it's very much about being a team, no individualism and working for the team at all times.'
The commute to play for St. Martin's eventually proved too much for Quigley although he still managed it for county training, but clearly he made the right decision.
A son of former star Wexford attacker John Quigley, he is married to Lisa Hobbs and works as a pharmaceutical rep. for Grunenthal.
Sarsfields will now switch their focus to the Munster Club semi-final where either Kilmallock of Limerick or Thurles Sarsfields or Tipperary will lie in wait.