A future to look forward to

One of many to watch: brilliant Junior Cert student Stephen Bennett takes on Limerick’s Barry O’Connell during Saturday’s classic Munster Championship semi-final in Walsh Park, in which Waterford pulled through strongly in extra-time to set up a repeat of last year’s final against holders Clare – the curtain-raiser to Sunday week’s senior showpiece at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.                                   | Photo: Michael Kiely

One of many to watch: brilliant Junior Cert student Stephen Bennett takes on Limerick’s Barry O’Connell during Saturday’s classic Munster Championship semi-final in Walsh Park, in which Waterford pulled through strongly in extra-time to set up a repeat of last year’s final against holders Clare – the curtain-raiser to Sunday week’s senior showpiece at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. | Photo: Michael Kiely

Watching Waterford’s minor hurlers in full early flow, then stoutly stave off an anticipated Limerick fightback in Walsh Park to qualify for a third successive Munster final at this level, you realised just how far we’ve come in these past lucky thirteen years.

Though by no means the finished article, these boys are going to go places. The standard on Saturday was unbelievably high: as good if not better than most senior stuff you’ll see on any given summer’s evening.

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