The days are getting longer and the faint smell of cut grass is occasionally in the air.
That can mean only one thing- The All-Ireland championships are on the horizon. For the Wexford senior hurling team, their campaign begins in earnest against Dublin in what should be a sell-out Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday May 20th.
Of course, the Leinster senior hurling championship has undergone a complete revamp this year, now played in a round-robin series with Wexford due to Offaly (A), Galway (H) and Kilkenny (A) in successive weekends after that opener. Quite the work-load for Davy Fitzgerald to consider.
But the affable Clareman must be pleased with the form of some of his stars, with the likes of Rory O’Connor, Dee O’Keeffe,joint-captain Lee Chin and Jack Guiney all impressing for their respective clubs. With anticipation building, it’s a shame, therefore, that those countless players not fortunate to don the Wexford jersey haven’t the opportunity to partake in any more championship action themselves for at least three months.
It’s rather ironic that as some first round games in the Wexford football championship fell foul to heavy rainfall a few weeks ago, there will be no meaningful action of note at a local level during the summer months when the weather is usually at it’s most agreeable and the pitches are at their best. Woe betide the club player.
Still though, the buzz and taste for hurling within Wexford is back at peak-levels, and the county is sure to be bedecked in purple and gold flags and bunting as the season progresses. Nothing is ever certain in sport, but one thing is sure- Wexford people love their sport.
And who knows, we may be Dancing At the Crossroads again come August 19th. Loch Garman Abú.