Munster Club SHC Final:Thurles Sarsfields 1-21; De La Salle 1-16
At Pairc Ui Caoimh, Cork yesterday, in terrible weather conditions, Thurles Sarsfields beat an excellent De La Salle side with a display of skill and determination, to win the club's first Munster club championship. It is surprising that a club that has won so many county titles in Tipperary has not previously been successful in Munster. The Munster club championship was inaugurated in 1964 when it was won by Glen Rovers,Cork county champions; the following year it was won again by Cork champions, St.Finbarrs. The golden era of Thurles Sarsfields was between 1955 and 1965 when they won 10 Tipperary senior hurling titles. During that period they were recognized as one of the top club teams in Ireland with Glen Rovers of Cork, Mount Sion of Waterford and Rathnure of Wexford. They had a very lean period since then when they won but one county title until a few years ago. The first Tipperary club to win a Munster senior title was Carrick-on-Suir Davins in 1966 beating Waterford champions, Ballygunner in a great final played in Clonmel.
The outstanding traits of Sarsfields yesterday were their great close-control and their ability to find a colleague with a pass: this always put a lot pressure on opponents especially when tiredness becomes more acute near the end of the game. If they could include first air and ground strokes in their play they would be unbeatable ;maybe they still are. Best of luck