Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Ballynahinch closer to fairytale end to amazing season

Ballynahinch are hoping to wrap the season up on a winning note when they meet UCC in the All Ireland League Division Two decider in Limerick tomorrow afternoon.

It’s their 38th game in what has been a remarkable season for the Hinch.

In what passes for a normal season they would generally play no more than 27 matches.

In a matter of weeks they won the AIB All Ireland and Ulster Cups as well as securing promotion to Division One for the first time in the club’s history.

The Hinch are no strangers to Limerick. Earlier in the season they lost to Old Crescent, but more recently proved too good for Bruff.

Coach Derek Suffern has used a total of 32 players this season which speaks volumes for the strength in depth.

For last Monday’s game against Lansdowne they weren’t able to call on flanker Willie Faloon as there was a chance he was going to be called up by Ulster.

Earlier in the season a weakened County Down side came off second best against UCC in Cork losing scrum half David Drake for the remainder of the season allowing Harry McAleese to step into the breach with some aplomb.

Without question UCC are the best side the Hinch have faced this season — well coached, well organised with some quality young players.

Last time out Ballynahinch beat Lansdowne 29-13 and they will have as many as 12 of that side on duty tomorrow.

Wing Kyle Corrigan is sitting exams and is unavailable while centre David Harris is ruled out with a knee injury.

Wing forward Robert Greer is going to a wedding.

The Hinch will bring considerable support to Limerick, but the general consensus is that it would have made much more sense to stage it in Athlone, which pulled out all the stops for the All Ireland Cup when Hinch lifted the AIB Cup at the expense of Cork Con.

All three finals — Division One, Two and Three — will go ahead tomorrow in Thomond with Ballynahinch and UCC kicking off at 2.00pm, the last leg in what has been a fairytale season.

It will be far from easy for the County Down outfit, but Hinch are a team on the up.

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