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Harps under 8s prevail in "real tough battle"

posted 19 Mar 2013, 16:06 by Skerries Harps

Our 28 under 8 troopers made the trip to Kilbarrack for an away fixture against Naomh Barrog last Saturday on a beautiful morning for football. Barrog are a strong side with similar numbers to Skerries so a great morning's entertainment was in store. 

Skerries had three teams of eight playing with a sub or two on each team. A new system of rotation meant the mentors had a pretty effective way of making sure all players played in all positions and no one spent any considerable time as sub.

Naomh Barrog are a tough, strong side. They had some big players, and the Harps expected a real tough battle. As it turned out, once more the Skerries lads were more than a match. 

"We know the players we expect to see go and try to get possession off their bigger guys," said one of the Skerries mentors after the game. "What we are seeing more and more is that those we don't expect to be jumping into challenges are doing so with gusto! There is absolutely no fear in any of this squad. If the ball is available, they will go for it regardless of who is in their way!"

"The positional sense and support for players on the ball gets better by the week. Whatever position we put them in, the lads understand exactly what their role is and what they are there to do," he said.

As a result, Naomh Barrog had a tough day! With five good wins for the Harps lads and one slender loss, they can all be pleased with their efforts and they certainly looked like a happy bunch as they marched in the St Patrick's Day parade in Skerries the following day. Well done one and all!