The Westmeath county championship begins this weekend and the clash of Castledaly and Tyrrellspass will make the headlines, as it marks Graham Geraghty’s first championship game in charge of Castledaly.
The south Westmeath club have dropped down the pecking order since lifting the Flanagan Cup for the first time in 2008, and Geraghty acknowledges that this evening’s game against the 2006 and ’07 champions in Moate is not an easy one to start off with.
“It’s a tough one to start with, but all we’re looking to do is get off to a winning start and build from there,” said Geraghty, who has to plan without former county star’s Derek Heavin and JP Casey. The latter duo have retired from competitive football.
“I’ll be looking for us to get more consistency in our play, but it’s very important we get off to a winning start.”
Tyrrellspass will be without star man, David Glennon, who has transferred to Dublin club St. Sylvester’s.
“To lose David was a huge loss, but they’ve organised a job for him, and unfortunately we couldn’t compete with that. It’s the way it’s gone now in this country, and you can’t do a lot about it,” said Tyrrellspass manager Frank Ryan.