JOSH Brady has waved goodbye to his underage days in style.
The Bandon Grammar School student captained Bandon U18s to Munster Cup and All-Ireland glory this season, and to acknowledge that he was presented with the Celtic Ross West Cork Youth Sports Star quarterly award for Spring last week.
‘It will be under 18 and a half next year and I miss out on that by a day,’ explained Josh who will turn 18 on June 30th, missing out on the July cut-out point. ‘I am just focussing on the senior cup next year with the Grammar, that will be a big competition for us and a big year hopefully.’
But before he looks forward, Josh will reflect on a great season that saw the Bandon U18s put behind the heartbreak of losing finals in the past to land the biggest prizes on offer in the 2017/18 campaign.
Bandon beat Skibbereen in an all-West Cork Munster final and then Skerries in the All-Ireland decider.
‘It’s been a long season but a great one. We had one loss and one draw and all the other results were wins, and we have come away with an All-Ireland title and a Munster Cup – that’s a great way to sign off from underage,’ the Bandon captain said.
‘There’s a great buzz in the club now with the juniors winning the Munster Junior League as well so there’s been success at various levels.’
And there’s more silverware in the Brady household with Josh winning the Celtic Ross West Cork Youth Sports award.
‘We had a fantastic season, we worked so hard all year long so it’s nice to get an award like this,’ Josh said, and the family connection doesn’t end there as his father Bob is the team coach.