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Multyfarnham buzzing ahead of All-Ireland final, says Wallace

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 11:30am

Multyfarnham buzzing ahead of All-Ireland final, says Wallace


When it rains, it pours for Ronan Wallace and Multyfarnham, a club who were starved of success in Westmeath for years - 61 years, to be precise. 

After so many seasons of hurt, they finally got over the line in 2017, and the celebrations will long in the memory for county star Wallace.

“It was unbelievable, like nothing I had never seen before. We had an American-style truck and we came in on that. Everybody was on the back of it.”

However, they weren't satisfied to rest on their laurels. After they finally got a taste of that winning feeling, it created a hunger for even more. A Leinster title and an All-Ireland final berth followed, and Wallace feels they're only getting better.

“I think we've got better as we've gone on. We won our first three games in Westmeath, then we slipped up and lost two. We recovered, reached the final, which went to a replay. That kind of stuff stood to us going into Leinster.

“Those provincial games were tough, but the Westmeath fixtures hardened us going through. Last week [the semi-final] was just another battle, but our toughness and ability to grind out the result was key.”

In the lead-up to Saturday's All-Ireland final against Cork outfit Knocknagree, the hype is in overdrive with well-wishers approaching them on the street, and the entire community is focused on Saturday's game.

“There's been a great buzz around. There is bunting and flags all over the place. Anybody you bump into walking down the street will talk to you about the final. 

“Everyone is happy that we made it this far. They want us to do well, but if we don't they will be happy with what we've done already this year.”

Playing in Croke Park comes with its own challenges. Wallace admits that there is an onus on himself and fellow county star Anthony McGivney to use their experiences there to Multyfarnham's advantage.

“I think it might hopefully [help]. It will be different for lads who haven't played here. But we got a walk around here last week. Hopefully that will stand to the lads.”

A win in Croker would be a huge landmark for a club experiencing a remarkable rise, a team which Wallace speculated to be “probably the worst team in Westmeath” 10 or 15 years ago. 

But success breeds success, and a thriving underage system mirrors their current prowess in the senior section.

Going from “probably the worst team in Westmeath” to the best junior football side in the country wouldn't be a bad journey. On Saturday, 60 minutes stand between Multyfarnham and making that dream a reality.

Multyfarnham’s Ronan Wallace was speaking ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Junior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park this Saturday February 3. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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