When the hard work is being done at the underage level, the rewards in the future can be massive.
That may well be the case for Bagenalstown Gaels, the Carlow club getting a taste of All-Ireland success in Ballinasloe over the weekend by claiming this year’s Division 3 Féile title on Saturday.
Bagenalstown started strong on Saturday with a 2-08 to 0-04 win over Ath Eascrach/Fothaine in their round 1 game, before edging Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh 1-08 to 2-03 in their round 2 clash.
Two wins from two turned into three from three in the group stage, taking a 3-06 to 0-02 win over Western Gaels in the afternoon session. Their cup semi-final win didn’t produce any goals but they had enough in the tank to see off Pádraig Pearses 0-08 to 0-02 and set up a cup final against Dungannon Eoghan Ruadh.
Taking a 3-03 to 0-02 lead into half-time against the Tyrone club, Bagenalstown made it five wins from five on Saturday to run out as overall Division 3 All-Ireland champions.
The same group go on to represent Bagenalstown and Carow GAA in the Féile football finals in Carrick-on-Shannon this coming Saturday.