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Gerry O'Hare: Oriel rivals keen to fire a warning

Oriel's Gerry O'Hare believes his team have become public enemy number one ahead of their IIBA Men's Inter-zone second round game against North West tomorrow.

O'Hare's boys got their hands on the Boomer Cup last season after suffering agonising defeats in the two previous finals.

They began their defence by blitzing Meath at Corduff last month, but O'Hare knows it will be a totally different scenario at Limavady Grammar School.

"We're up there to be shot at because we are the champions," said O'Hare. "It's only natural. We were in that position when Mid Ulster and Armagh were dominating. There was no problem lifting your game when you played them. Now every team is out to beat us, but it's something we've got to manage.

"I suppose it's a compliment. This will be a difficult as they come. North West have had their names inscribed on the trophy on a few occasions.

"But we've got to look after our own interests. We have a good young squad - one that can handle the pressure."

Belfast Telegraph