BY SPORTS EDITOR KIERAN McCARTHY
THEY’VE been the GAA story of the season in Carbery, the underdogs that shocked the division to win the club’s first-ever Carbery Junior A Football Championship title.
This has been a dream year for St James’ GAA Club.
This is the club that has an ageing junior team that, we believed, had missed their chance to win the Carbery JAFC crown. This is the club that couldn’t field U16, minor and U21 teams this season due to a lack of numbers.
This is also the club that has won eight championship games on the bounce to reach the county JAFC final this Sunday, and en route capture the Carbery crown for the first-time ever.
St Oliver Plunkett’s, Tadhg MacCarthaigh, Argideen Rangers, Ballinascarthy, Cobh, Boherbue and St Michael’s have all tried to stop St James, and all have failed.
Now it’s Kilshannig that stand in their way in Sunday’s county final at Páirc Ui Rinn. Kilshannig are the heavy favourites. St James, again, are the underdogs, written off, but we’ve learned this season not to underestimate the Saints.
‘We never expected anything like this in all our years involved. It’s amazing for a small club, a small place, the smallest parish in West Cork and if you told me this six months ago I would have you taken away in a straight jacket,’ said club secretary Liam Evans.
This St James’ team are tremendous ambassadors for the Carbery division and they travel to Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday with the best wishes of everyone in Carbery GAA.
Best of luck, lads.
The very best of luck to near neighbours @stjamesgaa_cork from all us here at Barryroe GAA in this weekends Junior A Football Championship County Final being played at Páirc Uí Rinn.
— BarryroeGAAClub (@BarryroeGAAClub) November 7, 2019
— Ilen Rovers GAA (@IlenRoversGAA) November 8, 2019
All at Tadhg Maccarthaigh GAA would like to wish @stjamesgaa_cork the very best of luck in the County JAFC final on Sunday.
— TadhgMacCarthaighGaa (@TadhgMacGAACork) November 8, 2019
All the best to @stjamesgaa_cork in the county final on Sunday
— Castlehaven GAA (@CastlehavenGAA) November 8, 2019
— Goleen Gaa (@GoleenGaa) November 8, 2019
— Kilmeen PRO (@KilmeenKilbree) November 8, 2019
Here's hoping the county cup