Preview 6 – county junior D singles

Junior D Singles semi finals

Ben Keeling (St. Josephs) v Shane Birney (Castlebridge), Joe Devereux (Castlebridge) v David Doyle (Castlebridge)

Castlebridge provided 8 of the 26 man field and remarkably 7 of the 8 got through to R16 of the knockout stages writes AOB.

Shane Birney began the championship as the hottest of favourites to give the Over the Water club a first title at this level, but apart from his displays the grade has been notable for the performances of another three youngsters whose careers are on an upward trajectory. Ben Keeling is not yet 16 years of age while Joe Devereux and David Doyle have just reached that milestone. All three are showing considerable promise and will undoubtedly feature strongly at both county and intercounty level in the years ahead.

Prediction: Despite that promise shown by the teenagers however it would be a big ask to expect any of them to overcome the experienced Birney at this stage of their careers.