Ireland’s sporting stars lined out for an almighty clash of the ash in Newbridge, County Kildare on Tuesday night for the sixth annual Hurling for Cancer Research match.
This was Sport for Social Good in its most traditional form.
The celebrity hurling match was once again again held in aid of the Irish Cancer Society with the aim of raising €100,000.
Legendary racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and Gold Cup winner and two-time National Hunt Champion jockey Davy Russell were once again the driving forces behind the event which has raised €540,000 over the past five years.
Kilkenny’s Brian Cody was on the line for Davy Russell’s side with former Ireland soccer star Niall Quinn lining out alongside Wexford hurlers Lee Chin and Conor McDonald.
He had to settle for second best for the third time this season though to Davy Fitzgerald who was ‘assisting’ Jim Bolger’s side, under the guidance of former Wexford boss Liam Griffin.
The final score was a mighty impressive 7-21 to 8-13 win for the Bolger Stars.
They did had an impressive total of 41 All Ireland medals and 50 All Stars in their line up. The side included Irish international footballer Stephen Hunt, Kilkenny senior hurler Richie Hogan, former Tyrone footballer Peter Canavan, former Wexford camogie player Ursula Jacob and RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly.
“It was a memorable night and the 4,000 crowd witnessed a superb game, a penalty save by Damien Fitzhenry was awesome and scores by Ursula Jacob and Conor Mortimer were vintage,” said Bolger after the game.
“Davy Russell was as solid on the pitch as he is in the saddle while Stephen Hunt and the Fogarty threesome were everywhere. A great effort by all the players in the brilliant sunshine was preceded by vocal class from the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir and Anthony Kearns who flew in from NY for the evening.”
“Its great to see the Hurling for Cancer Research match go from strength to strength each year,” added Russell.
“Tuesday night was our best so far in terms of the highest attendance, the highest scoring match and such a turnout of GAA, racing and sporting stars.”
“I think everyone had a brilliant night and I’d like to thank everyone for their support. You can still make a donation to the Irish Cancer Society via their website. See you all on the pitch next year!”
Former Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delaney umpired, RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan was a lineswoman, and commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh added his dulcet tones for the 4,000 strong crowd who turned up.