Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Antrim ready for hard Graff against Dubs

Earlier this season Aaron Graffin starred for Cushendall in the All Ireland club hurling championship.

His priority now is to take that form into Antrim’s Leinster hurling championship semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday.

A supremely gifted and confident individual, he will revel in the big match atmosphere. The odds are heavily stacked against the Saffrons, but he remains defiant.

“We’ve never played in Croke Park before never mind in front of a 50,000 or 60,000 crowd. It’s one thing we’re looking forward to, but it’s important that we remain focused and don’t allow ourselves to get caught up in the atmosphere,” he said.

“All the pressure is on Dublin. It’s their home game in front of all the fans, but hopefully we can claim a major scalp.”

Antrim’s league form was at best indifferent whereas Dublin in Division One looked the part.

Antrim though have performed well against Dublin in the league and shouldn’t be overawed. But more than anything else they need to start well.

Otherwise they could in for a long and unrewarding afternoon.