On Saturday the 25th of March John the Baptist community school contested for the Paddy Buggy cup. The game took place in Semple Stadium Thurles and was the curtain raiser to the Croke Cup final. This year had marked a huge year of success for the school with 5 All Irelands won in the school.
They were playing St. Mary’s of Belfast who were playing ‘A’ hurling in the north. The game began at a frantic speed and hospital went up by 3 points. They then began to pull away from the northern side with points from Dylan O’Shea and a well taken goal from Eoin Sheehan. They were leading by 5 6 points and were beginning to show their dominance. Sean Teefy at half forward was dominating and supplying great ball into the inside forwards. Just before the half time break hospital got a crucial goal through Ryan Tobin which sent them in at the break leading by 10 points. In the second half the game became more even and the northern team got it back to 5 points at one stage. In the end hospitals class and superior hurling skills shone through with Mikey O Grady and Paul O Heney giving tantalising displays. Hospital were crowned All Ireland Champions on a score of 2-14 to 1-8.