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Saturday 21 October 2017

Small Ball walkstall in Rathcoole

Celebrated Commercials to have bright future

THE jerseys were beginning to show their age. The manager of Commercials, Mark Molloy, made a phone call.

Louis Fitzgerald answered. A new set of jerseys were on their way to Rathcoole.

Louis loves his hurling. He arrived in Dublin from his native Tipperary back in the early 60's.

"He's been looking after us ever since," adds Mark. "We'd be lost without him."

The jersey presentation took place at one of Louis' premises, the famous Poitin Stil, which boasts the best grub in town.

In the background where the picture is taken, is a snap of an All-Ireland hurling final which features a scramble for possession among a cluster of players, including Babs Keating.

MISSING BOOTS

"There's no sign of the sliotar and everyone who ever looks at the picture always asks 'where's the ball,'" explains Mark.

Another incident was the mystery of Babs' missing boots!

There's 24 in the Commercials squad and they look the part with their new jerseys, plus shorts and socks from Con McCarthy of Sandymark Construction and kit bags from Maurice O'Connor Steel.

"Between the three lads, we are really looking well," quips Mark.

On the pitch, things are also on the up. "We are starting to turn it around."

Commercials play in division 3 of the AHL, and this month they have had two wins in Group 2 of the Intermediate Hurling Championship.

"We brought up a few minors and four or five of them have already made the first 15. "We are starting to gel now. We are building nicely."

Commercials are one of the most decorated names of Dublin hurling. They come third in the Senior Hurling Championship Roll of Honour behind Faughs and St Vincent's.

They are members of the exclusive Dublin five-in-a-row club alongside Garda and Ballyboden St Enda's. The club is known as Dublin's last hurling outpost. The tradition runs deep.

And the future has never looked better. The juvenile structure is producing top-class hurlers and camogie players.

Tommy O'Mahony did fabulous work as GPO and now Peter Elliott is keeping the river flowing.

The facilities are a major asset. The venue is one of the best on the circuit.

It has staged many a county championship clash, and is sure to host many more.

The walls of the clubhouse tell of times past.

The work-out on the grass, and at the Ball Wall, suggests a golden tomorrow.

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