Saturday June 20th saw 24 players and 9 mentors set off from the Clubhouse for Galway. The team headed straight for Turloughmore for a hurling challenge. In what was a tough 15 a side game, the Harps went in a half time with a 2 point lead. A few injuries that were picked up during the first half, caught up with the lads during the 2nd half, and we eventually went down to a scoreline of 3-5 to 0-5 in what can only be described as a hardy encounter! A special word of thanks has to go to Turloughmore GAA for their fantastic hospitality – no shortage of tea, sambos and cakes for the Skerries crew.
From Turloughmore, the group headed straight to the Liam Mellowes GAA club where the kids took part in a Bubble Football activity. This was organised with the hope of tiring out the lads, but after 1 ½ hours they all managed to come off the pitch as hyper as they went on!!!! The Mentors plan backfired, but this was without doubt the highlight of the trip for the lads. Big thanks to Mike at astrobay.ie for looking after us so well.
After a trip to Supermacs & a walk around Galway City centre is was back to the hostel. Surely these lads would be tired now! But no… the craic continued well into the early hours. For the mentors the question was how would we face Corofin, All Ireland Club Champions on Sunday morning!
Breakfast done, the convoy hit the road for Corofin – there wasn’t much chat coming from the back seats – a few of the lads may well have had a power nap en route! Out at Corofin, 2 football games were played – don’t know where the boys found the energy but the 2 teams probably played the best football of the year. We came out on top in both matches – scorelines of 3-9 to 1-7 & 5-13 to 4-6 .. JOB DONE!!!!
Back at our fantastic new clubhouse we enjoyed a BBQ to finish off the weekend, thanks to all the Mams & Dads who helped out with this.
It was a wonderful weekend and a special mention has to go to this hugely talented group of young players for their behaviour and the manner in which they represented Skerries Harps over the weekend.