posted 20 May 2013, 22:01 by Skerries Harps
updated 21 May 2013, 04:02
In 2007 Skerries Harps reached the Division 2 Feile na nGael Semi final.
In 2010 Skerries harps reached the Division 3 Feile na nGael Semi final.
In 2013 Skerries Harps reached the Division 5 Feile na nGael FINAL!!
All of the above have been major achievements for Hurling in Skerries. Skerries Harps have now left an imprint on the minds of the Dublin Gaa family, that they are a hurling & Football force to be reckoned with into the future.
The appearance in a county Feile final last Sunday, was the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people.
Firstly, the foresight shown by the Club to be one of the hosts of the Feile. It cannot be overstated, but that this provides an unmistakable advantage for the host club.
The work & organisation by Rhona Mooney as the Host coordinator/mentor and fountain of all knowledge.
The 'real community' welcome, as mentioned by one of our opposition mentors, and mountains of food, provided by all the mums, lead by Susan, Nessa, Breda, Una & Claire in our clubhouse.
To Denis Forde and the caretakers, who from 8am on Saturday morning marked the fields, set up the goals and the boundary around townparks.
To Pat Dwyer for everything.
To Joe Rock for the provision of the sound system for the playing of the national Anthem, for the parade on Saturday morning.
To John Rice for the supply of spare(community centre jerseys) for our clash of jerseys with RT (lusk).
To Andy Geraghty for stewardship of the carpark.
To Susan Hogan, our on site medic for the tournament.
To our Juvenile chairman for support in the final.
Apologies if we have left anyone out.
So, to the Feile competition itself. We hosted St Marks, Setanta & RT Lusk, on Saturday in the group stage of Division 5.
The Skerries panel(13 u14's & 4 u13's & 1 u12))arrived at 9.30 all decked out in their Supervalue Sponsored Tops. All looking very confident.
The parade of the 4 teams took place at 10am, which then allowed the 4 teams prepare for their 1st match.
First up of 3 40 minute games in the one morning was St Marks, which turned out to be the pivotal match. Played at a fast, tough, but clean pace, this game was up for grabs right to the end. Strong performances from Ian Brennan in the full back line, and the tenacious Stephen Shortt in midfield, with darting runs towards goal by Conor roycroft in the forward line. Our full panel got game time to ensure all the nerves were gone, as we ran out 3-6 to 1-2 winners. The start we wanted.
Next up was RT Lusk. If we won this, we were in a semi-final. Nail biting game with our neighbours right to the end. It was tit for tat, but all the prayers on the sideline pushed us over the line, to a 1-6 to 0-4 win. Big performances from Donagh mcginley in goal, ning a miracle goal from Cormac doyle and the running machine that is Dylan De Beer.
So, a semi final spot booked, we now needed to ensure we stayed in skerries for the afternoons semi final. Last group game was against Setanta. In fairness to them, me thinks they ran out of steam, and our superior team play saw us run out 9-7 to 0-0 winners. The goal machine Dara Rigney, our stylish wing back Kieran Murphy, and the tireless Cormac Hogan shone through in this match.
So a break till 4pm, to recharge the batteries and hearts. That was just the supporters and mentors. The boys headed home for a quick lunch.
We reconvened at 3.30 to play Cuala (b) in the semi. They had expected to top their group in dalkey, but were pipped by Craobh Ciaran, so had to make the long journey to skerries.
Right from the start, we won all the clean ball. The trip from dalkey had not helped the cuala lads, as we were getting on top all over the pitch. Donal cotter in midfield, Joe marron centre back & the driving force in the half forward line of Ruairi Gielty, were the star players in this tense semi final. We ended comfortably with a 2-5 to 0-0 win.
Shouts of joy, and probably some tears of joy, were heard and seen around the clubs main pitch, by the many supporters who came down to encourage the lads on, to the clubs first ever Feile hurling final.
So, the curtains were drawn on the Sunday morning, and the sun was beating down. We met in the club at 10am, to depart for the final In Hartstown(St Peregrines) at 11.30, v's Craobh Chiaran.
No sign of nerves on the boys, but we could definitely sense them in some of the parents.
We went to dressing room 4, put on the helmets and went back out to the warm up area, to work on the hurling wall.
Seconds were ticking down, so we returned to the dressing room, were a 'davey fitz' speech was given to the lads by the mentors.
Confident leaving the dressing room, we entered the pitch under the stadium(what a set up at St Peregrines). This really felt like a Final. The lads took to the field in the sweltering heat.
A slow start on a big pitch against the 'parish' team of the Craobh, saw us fall 1-7 to 0-2 behind at half time.
We gathered ourselves together in the middle of the pitch, and reminded the lads of great sporting comebacks of the past and johnny wilkinsons speech from the previous days H cup match.
Something steered inside the lads, and with the fantastic boisterous support in the stands, the team, driven by captain Sean og freaon in the half back line, Paddy Fat watts & Cillian Mcginnis on the full back line, the foraging Sean Walls on the halfback line and strength of tom Carroll up front, we slowly reduced the deficit. The chants were getting louder, Craobh chiaran getting very nervous, we tought we would snatch the draw in the dying moments. Time caught up on us, and we were bitterly disappointed to be beaten by only 1 score in the end. What a come back, to only lose 1-5 to 1-8.
We retired to the Harps club, disapppointed, but with no regrets. Everything had been left on the peregrines pitch.
What a bunch of players. From humble beginnings at the start of the year, they reached a Feile Final, and also top their league. The story is not over for these lads, as league winners is within their grasp.
It's amazing what can be achieved, when there is commitment and desire!!!
Mentors- Rhona Mooney, Doug de beer, Gerry Gielty, Niall Hogan, Ronnie Fay Watts, Stephen Dooley
Team- BR Ruairi Gielty, Cormac Hogan, Paddy Fay watts, Dara Rigney, Ian Brennan, Joe Marron, Sean Walls, Donal Cotter & Tom Carroll.
FR Stephen Shortt, Cillian McGinnis, Dylan de Beer, Sean og Fearon, Donagh Mcginley, Kieran Murphy, Conor Roycroft, Cormac Doyle.