PIC: Is this the oldest team ever to win a Junior Hurling title in Ireland?
For these lads, age is just a number.
Junior Gaelic Football and Hurling is littered with tales of players togging out well into their senior years, whether they’re just doing it as a one-off or refusing to heed the signs of retirement.
Having one of these so-called ‘veterans’ is one thing, but we doubt too many teams have played with four players aged 48 or over, as Ballyboden St. Enda’s did when defeating St. John’s to win the Dublin Junior E hurling title on Sunday.
Niall O’Riordain (50), Brian Kelleher (49) - both pictured to the left of manager Brendan Ryan in the middle – Ray McKenna (52) and Tomás O’Riordain (50) - pictured to the right of Ryan - all played a crucial role in the victory.
Their teammate, JOE reader Danny Scully, reckons they’re the oldest hurlers playing in Dublin and that's before we even mention club stalwarts Ken Keary (45) and Johnny Kenny (46) who are included in the picture below.
Is there a team in Ireland that can match them for seniority? If you know of any team that can, let us know via the usual channels below.
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