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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Morris and his men are confident and relaxed

IN A hurling sense the signs seem to be pointing towards an Oulart-The Ballagh victory, but under John Barron Ferns St. Aidan's have developed into a serious outfit.

That's according to club captain and Wexford inter-county attacker Paul Morris, who is looking forward to a first appearance in a county Senior hurling final.

'It's 44 years since the club was last in a Senior final. That's a long time and we are out to enjoy the occasion. It's great for the parish, the club and the players. Let them enjoy the next couple of days but for us it's about enjoying it for a couple of hours and getting the result we desire.

'It's amazing what all this means to the parish. The flags and buntings are beginning to appear. Everyone in the parish is getting right behind the team. Let's hope we can give them something to sing and dance about come 5 p.m. on Sunday in Wexford Park.'

Looking on a season that has gone according to plan so far, Morris is confident that the side can cope with the big day.

'John Barron is a magnificent coach. He's a breath of fresh air to the club, having brought so much during his time with us. All the training has fed into performances all year. While we have a few blips we still managed to achieve the necessary result.

'The semi-final was all about winning. It was not about performance for us, it was about getting over the line and qualifying for the final. Glynn-Barntown was always going to be a difficult game, it was always going to be physical and difficult. But we managed to get our head over the line, that's what mattered in the end.'

Morris realises that it's going to be a big ask of Ferns but he has every confidence in the players to deliver.

'Oulart-The Ballagh are going for five-in-a-row which has never been achieved before. We are under no illusions of the quality of the reigning champions but we also have every confidence in our own ability to go out and deliver on the day and win the game. It would be a great boost for the parish and everyone in it.

'We have players who have won at under-age level. They know how to win games and finals. We are building confidence all the time so we are not surprised we are in a county final. We believe we have a right to not alone to be there but aim to be there more often.

'While winning at under-age is one thing, winning at Senior level is totally different, but we have been pushing on over the past few seasons. A lot of people may have been casting doubts about Oulart-The Ballagh but that's not the way in Ferns. We are focusing our minds and sharpening up for what lays ahead.

'You love to prove people wrong and that's what I think myself. I definitely believe that we have the players who will put in a massive performance. My own gut feeling is that we are good enough,'Morris said.

'I think the players are in the right frame of mind to put in a massive performance. While we all would like a dry sod for hurling, no matter what the weather we'll be ready, as it will be the same for both sides.

'These are the sort of games you want to be involved in,' he added.

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