One of the top goalie’s in club football from 1965 to 1976, was Ballyhogue’s – Tony Berney.
He was a goalie with outstanding qualities and seldom, if ever in a game, was he caught out. He was capable of dealing with any kind of ball directed towards his goals. Every goalie in either hurling or football had an enormous task because being the last man standing, their teams depended a lot on their role to win games.
During Tony’s 11 years playing the game for Ballyhogue, he made many brilliant saves for the club and contributed immensely to some great victory’s by his team. He had a great pair of hands, had brilliant vision, courage, fleetness of foot and was self-assured in his own ability. No matter how many forwards circled around his parallelogram, he never flinched and always remained calm. He was steadfast and masterful at all he surveyed.
He was born in 1946 and was educated at Glynn N.S..
His boyhood heroes were – Ned Wheeler and Bobby Rackard R.I.P..
Some of the best goalie’s he has seen in hurling were – Pat Nolan (Oylegate), Ollie Walsh (Kilkenny) R.I.P. and Nick Power (Ballyhogue). In football, he selects – Johnny Geraghty (Galway) and Andy Phillips (Wicklow) – as being brilliant.
He played hurling and football with Ballyhogue from 1965 to 1976, and with Glynn-Barntown from 1977-1985.
Two of the best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Teddy McCarthy (Cork) and Michael “Babs” Keating (Tipperary). In Wexford, he selects – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Joe Foley (Ballyhogue) – as supreme at both codes.
One of the best club teams he has seen in hurling was the great Buffers Alley Team led by Tony Doran.
In football, the great Ballyhogue team in the early 60’s, were a great bunch of players.
One of the greatest games of football he has seen was between – Dublin vs Kerry – in the 1977 All Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final.
In Hurling, the Game between – Kilkenny vs Tipperary – in the 2014 All Ireland Senior Hurling drawn game was the greatest he has seen.
In club football in Wexford, the greatest match he has seen was between – Sarsfields vs Castletown – in the 1967 Senior Football Final.
When playing in goal, the footballers that he feared the most because of their lethal finishes were – Jack Berry (St. Anne’s) R.I.P., Sean Sheridan (Castletown), Joe O’Shaughnessy (Castletown) and John Dunphy (Gusserane).
Two of the best full-backs he has seen while playing football were – John O’Keeffe (Kerry) and Noel Tierney (Galway).
The two best midfielders he has seen were – Mick O’Connell (Kerry) and Jack O’Shea (Kerry).
The two best full forwards he has seen were – Eoin “Bomber” Listen (Kerry) and Jimmy Keaveney (Cork).
Tony’s medal collection was as follows – 2 Co. Senior Football medals with Ballyhogue in 1971 and 1972, 1 Junior Hurling medal in 1971, 2 Intermediate Hurling medals in 1966 and 1972, 1 All Ireland Junior Hurling medal in 1985 as a sub. goalie and 1 Leinster medal in 1985 as a sub. goalie.
He played Juvenile and Minor hurling with Glynn-Barntown, U’21 Football with Ballyhogue and U’21 Football with Wexford in 1967 as a sub. goalie.
In the Rackard League, he played with Glynn-Barntown. His uncle – Jack Berney – played with Glynn in the early 30’s.
One of the greatest individual displays he has seen was given by Willy Bryan (Offaly) vs Kerry – in the 1972 All Ireland Senior Football Final replay. It was a brilliant exhibition by the player, playing at midfield.