YMCA have a chance of finally capturing their Holy Grail, an All-Ireland T20 crown as they prepare to face Donemana in the T20 final at Belmont on Saturday.
The club, founded back in 1890, have never reached a final of an All-Ireland despite having players of the calibre of Alan Lewis and Angus Dunlop in their illustrious history.
They have a chance to remedy that this weekend, with skipper Jack Tector keen to add the trophy to the Leinster League Cup final they secured last weekend.
(YMCA captain Jack Tector with his brothers Harry and Tim)
“It’s been a brilliant season, for not only the first team but all teams across the club. The first team lost our first game of this season to Railway Union but have won every game since then.," said Tector.
"I think it is down to the confidence around the team, everyone knows their role and we’ve found combinations that have worked and stuck with them.
YMCA were given a real scare by Cork County who reduced them to 62 for 5 before they recovered strongly. That was a trial by spin and they can expect more of the same against a Donemana side who have a quartet of spinners themselves.
“Cork County were very impressive in the semi-final, they came with a nearly all spin attack which featured some good spinners who made us work for our runs. But the way we came out with the ball, particularly in the powerplay, we bowled well with our players sticking to their plans and executing them perfectly.”
YMCA with their trio of Irish internationals will start as favourites, and Tector is delighted at the impact their professionalism has brought to the team.
“Curtis Campher has made a huge impact both on and off the field since he arrived. Having him, Harry and Simi in the Irish team is brilliant through the experience they can offer everyone throughout the club is invaluable.
“It will be a really exciting day for everyone in the Club, a lot of hard work has been done behind the scenes to get us to where we are now. To lift the trophy would be a huge day not only for the players but everyone at the Club, especially the volunteers who work so hard. But I have to single out Kamal Merchant – he’s the heartbeat of the club, and I imagine he’ll be so happy to see us lift that trophy on Saturday.”
There is one change to both teams from the sides that won their respective semi-final wins as Mitchell Thompson comes in for Wilhelm de Klerk, and Gary McClintock replaces DJ Dougherty.
It's a real family affair for both teams with each having multiple sets of brothers. There are the three Tectors and Anders brothers for YM, while Donemana have the three Doughertys, plus the McBrine and McClintock brothers.
(The Dougherty brothers)
With a large crowd expected it should be quite an occasion for both sets of players and fans.
Donemana: William McClintock (capt), Gary McClintock, Andy McBrine, Dean Mehaffey, Dwayne McGerrigle, Levi Dougherty, Billy Dougherty (wk), Kyle Dougherty, Ashley Buchanan, Jordan McGonigle, William McBrine, DJ Dougherty (12th man).YMCA: Jack Tector (Capt), Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Tim Tector, Bobby Gamble, Mitchell Thompson, Rory Anders, Tom Anders, JJ Cassidy, Mikey O’Reilly, Cillian McDonnell.