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O'Hare talks up Oriel's hat-trick bid

By David Mason

Oriel's Gerry O'Hare believes his team have the artillery to retain the IIBA Men's Inter-zone Championship once again. The holders, who also won the 2014 title, marched into their fifth successive final following a cool 13-shot win over North West at Corduff on Saturday.

They now face former Boomer Cup champions Mid Ulster in the decider at Killyman on Saturday, February 27.

Mid Ulster have had their hands on the trophy on 10 previous occasions and remain the only team to land the silverware five years on the bounce (1999-2003).

"It will be a difficult game," said O'Hare. "This will be our fifth final in a row. We've won the last two, but Mid Ulster beat us in 2012 and Armagh defeated us the following year.

"Our form is good. We defeated a good North West side at the weekend, which was just the type of game we needed ahead of the final.

"It's our trophy at the minute and we will be doing our best to hold onto it again."

IIBA Men's Inter-zone semi-finals: Oriel 58 North West 45; Monaghan 60 Mid Ulster 62.

IIBA Men's Plate: Western 67 Larne 36; Mid Down 63 Meath 49.

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