Tommy Murphy Cup
Whilst the Tommy Murphy Cup might not be held in high esteem by some and be a subject of ridicule formore than a few others, it is nevertheless a trophy of honour that had to be won on the field of play. Tommy Murphy, during his playing career, won eight Laois Senior medals and various Railway Cup medals for Leinster during the late 1930s and 1940s; he was ahousehold name. This is therefore a GAA trophy in memory of a great sportsman and in this alone it should meritrespect.Like the cup itself the Antrim lads have been all too often in the firing line, with someharsh andvitriolic criticism; on occasionspersonalised, undignified and unwarranted.
The Antrim squad took their many knockson the chin and battled on against the odds;Jodywas givenbackup with continuing support from those remaining players and from new faces introduced. The players were consistent and played well, as a team, in the semi-final against London. On this final occasion the team rallied, after a shaky start. Theykept their focus and delivered; they deserve all credit for showing grit and determination. This too was the tonic that Antrim County needed
Tommy Murphy Cup Winners 2008