Saturday 31/8/13 will live in the memories of players & spectators alike, when a combination of the 2 Supervalu sponsored Skerries Harps u12 Hurling teams, won the Division 1 Shield Final in Parnell ok, in beautiful sunshine.
This success follows on the coat tails of their 2012 achievements; div2 league runners up & div1 camaint cup runners up.
The camaint is a combination of ground & full hurling. Over 4 Wednesdays in July, each club play a blitz with 3 different clubs each week, to give competitive variety. All clubs then get to participate in the finals day in Parnell pk in August.
15 players(jack drumm on crutches) & supporters gathered in the Harps car park @ 12.30 to ensure plenty of time to get to Doneycarney & avoid the road closures???...
We arrived in Parnell park and went through our warm up, while our loyal supporters took their seats in the stand.
Our semi final was against Faughs. The 1st & 3rd quarter of each game is ground hurling. We started slow and were 3 goals down in the 1st 10 minutes. Mentors & supports were worried, but there was no need to be. These lads are made of strong stuff. At half time, and especially after the 2nd quarter of full hurling, we had taken the lead, 4-1 to 4-0. In the second half the supporters could breath a bit easier, as we ran out 8-1 to 4-0 winners.
So, we had repeated our feat of 2012, and reached another final. It would be against our north county neighbours St Sylvesters who had beaten Na Fianna in their semi final.
This time, we kept things tight from the start, and when the boys were allowed to express their hurling skills in the 'full' hurling quarters, we gained control. The lads excelled on the tightly cut lawn of Parnell park and ran out winners 6-3 to 1-0.
Players & supporters jumped with joy hugging each other for an historic hurling win for skerries harps.
They then proceeded to climb the steps of Parnell park to receive their medals, as team captain Paul Wilde was presented with the Division 1 shield.
We were then led around Skerries on our return by a Garda escort, with car hens bellowing our arrival back to the harps club for a celebratory feast.
What a bunch of players!!!!! Hurling is in a good place in skerries, with boys as talented and committed as these boys. There are brighter days ahead for these lads.
Goalkeeper - Adam Fearon
Right full back - Eoghan mc Donald
Full back - Adam el shamy
Left full back - David Mellowes
Right half back - Matthew Dooley
Centre half back - Matthew Kelly
Left half back - Darragh Archbold
Centre field - Paul Wilde & Finn Chatten
Right half forward - Robert Kenny
Centre half forward - David Boyd
Left half forward - Mikey Joyce
Full forwards - Robert Delaney & Clinton Opara
Injured Jack Drumm
Mentors - Joe Kelly, Peter Kenny, Pat Delaney, Joe Drumm & Stephen Dooley
Photographer - Debbie Stevens