One last hurrah for Waringstown
David Holmes (News Letter)
Waringstown have one final hurrah on Saturday as they complete what has been a truly remarkable season. A win formally confirms their fourth senior trophy by adding the Gardiner Brothers Premier League title to the Irish Senior Cup, Ulster Cup and Lagan Valley T20 Cup already resting in the trophy cabinet at The Lawn.
Standing in their way; the already relegated Lisburn at Wallace Park and Greg Thompson summed up his feelings:
“We are top of the league on net run rate, so if the weather intervened we have already done enough to win the title, but as a team we would rather win this by playing. I certainly have no expectation that Lisburn will simply roll over for us.
If we win its the chance to celebrate one last time, only then can we sit back and enjoy the plaudits.”
For Thompson though and three of his teammates the celebrations will be someone muted as they line up for the NCU Knights on Sunday in Dublin.
Perhaps as well there will be mixed emotions for Thompson as he faces his former club:
“Lisburn are one of the longest serving clubs in the NCU with a record second to none in terms of tenure in the top section. They have a great history and I believe a great future. Lisburn is a proud club and will bounce back.
Indeed, maybe there’s an opportunity for some of their younger players like Michael Glass and Nathan Doak to develop in Section One where there are currently no professionals. I know the work that goes on through the likes of NCU CDO Callum Atkinson, Chairman Michael Foster and Dean Simpson.
For me there is no pleasure in seeing Lisburn where they are. The club has fought hard under Adam Berry and I thought that they had the personnel to stay up, but a couple of matches just didn’t go their way.”
What of Waringstown on the verge of becoming the first team to win four trophies in a season?
“It’s a credit to the team, the squad members but more than anything else it is a credit to the club. Credit to all those who work behind the scenes to ensure we can get all the games played.
Maybe it’s ironic for me to say this, but 10 of this squad are Waringstown born and bred and 7 or 8 of the guys who play each week are, how many teams playing at the highest level can say that. Ultimately I have been made to feel like I am a villager!”
The stand out for me this season has been the Twenty20 games; we have all enjoyed them and have had a tremendous record in them, amazingly most were unaffected by the weather.”
Should Wallace Park not be playable Waringstown has offered to host the game at The Lawn.