Good Earth came out to prove they are still contenders after losing last year's league final. Although both teams were winded after what seemed to be an hour warm-up (due in part to Claddagh's lack of interest to ref this game after their schallacking of Connor's), both teams finally stepped out on the pitch without any players to spare.
Good earth opened up the game with good passing and direct points over the bar. Tristian Chaplin showed why Sixmile Bridge is home to long ball hurling, as he fired several points from beyond the 65 yrd range. Although there were also several shots on goal in the opening half, only two made it past Brian Chernish of Flynn's. And this reporter is sure one was due to the fact that he was looking in the stands at his wife as a Good Earth player bamboozled him into thinking she was going into early labor. And Steve Lewis won't have to worry about going into any labor at all as his "parts" were on the receiving end of poorly executed goal attempt by Earth's half-forward line. Play was suspended as Lewis, players and on-lookers alike felt a need to take a moment to recover. Along with the fact that the Earth defense, led by goalie Joey Landman and some brilliant saves, Flynn's was ready to end the first half with nary a point.
Second half was much the same with good challenges by both side. Flynn's managed 5 points on the board, while Earth added 2 goals and a point to secure the win. These two teams will have some additional faces upon next meeting, so only the hurling gods know how that will tip the scales.