Barron: league final wasn't on our radar

March 30, 2019

Waterford's Jamie Barron in action against Galway's Cathal Mannion. ©INPHO/Ken Sutton.

Qualification for the Allianz Hurling League final has been an unexpected bonus for Waterford, according to Jamie Barron.

After a disappointing 2018 which yielded just two victories from 10 games, the Deise have been revitalised this year under new manager Paraic Fanning. They emerged from Division 1B before accounting for Clare and Galway in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

"We didn't set any goal of winning the league or of getting to a league final," the All-Star midfielder told the Irish News at the launch of the Allianz Hurling League final against Limerick tomorrow.

"At the start of the year we said we'd focus on every game as it comes. Slowly but surely we gathered a bit of momentum and we've got a few lads back from injury now that are pushing us hard again. We've also got a few new lads on the panel who are driving the thing as well.

"I think the competition is healthy and everyone is trying as best they can to get right, to get fit and to push the fella in front of them or beside them. The way it has panned out we've ended up in a league final and now that it's in front of us we'll be giving it everything we have to win it."

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