Skerries Harps B v's Cuala B - 8/11/2014
What a way to finish off a fantastic year for the Moriarty sponsored U13 B Harps Hurling team.
Credit must go to all the players who participated from the u13 & u12's, and particular their parents who travelled the length and breath of Dublin, mid week and weekends to fulfill their fixtures.
It was the epitome of team and club coming together, to ensure that every boy at U13 got to play Hurling. Just reward in the end.
When teams at Juvenile level in Dublin GAA, finish on level points, they can only be separated by a playoff. St Annes correctly won the league based on their years performance. so it was down to our ourselves and the Dalkey outfit of Cuala, to fight it out for second place. The omens may have been on our side, when we got a call on the match day morning, to say that Cuala(home team) had no pitches, due to the inclement weather. We kindly accepted the call to host, and the game was slotted in at the new time of 3.45, after the u21 & u14 football games on the clubs main pitch.
Even though many of the supporters for the previous football games headed home, an enthusiastic group of parents and supporters hung around to watch a fabulous display to finish off their hurling year.
The call as usual went out to the u12's to support us in fielding our first 15 aside game on the full sized club pitch, and they as usual rallied to the call.
We had been beaten in a tight match earlier in the year by Cuala in the ballast pit, and had to concede the top 6 game against them(our only concession of the year). This time however, the Harps lads were out of the stocks early, and ran into a good 3 goal lead by the end of the 1st half. On a heavy pitch, ground hurling was not the order of the day, and the ability of the Harps lads to quickly rise and strike the ball, meant they were able to keep on top and feed balls into the forward line to convert in to scores. A sign of a teams strength at this level is their ability to score points. And Skerries Harps racked up 7, along with 8 goals. The scoreline flattered us a bit, as Cuala put in a spirited performance, and the late venue switch had understandably effected them adversely.
The final whistle blew to shouts of celebration, and our Juvenile Chairman, Pat Delaney, presented the runners up medals to the heroes of the day.
Well done lads, and all supporters, and lets build on this for next year, which will be very special with a new clubhouse, Wall ball and FEILE.
Match day team - Mikey Joyce, Adam Wynne, Jack Drumm, Brian Brennan, Veimi Emmanuel, Conor Nulty, Alan Joyce, Robert Kenny, Darragh Archbold, Eoghan Mcdonald, David Graham, Ronan Rice, Malachy Woodcock, Pierce Woodcock, Cian ensor.
Panellists unable to play - Clinton Opara, James Casey, Conor Waddilove, Daniel O'Driscoll, Naoise Gilmore.