When it's not always raining there'll be days like this.
This is what it was like for the u13 hurlers last weekend, in their 2nd last league games of 2014.
First up was the Div 6 team’s encounter with Na Fianna, in our fortress that is the Ballast pit. 6-6 to 2-1
Lying second in the table following the great away win to O’Dwyers 2 weeks previous, we were without a couple of regulars through injury, so we had to call up again our u12’s, who willingly and gratefully came to our rescue. 6 u12 dual players togged out for a second time that day.
Fingal council must have realised that there were hurling games scheduled for that day, as the ballast pit was pitch perfect for the games.
The skill level on the day exceeded what one might have expected for a division 6 game, and this is a credit to the hard work that all the boys put in over the year. We were never in trouble against the mighty Na Fianna club, and strong performances throughout ensured the win. With other results going our way, we were the new leaders at the end of the day. 1 game to play, at home, so it’s in our own hands now.
Team - Mikey Joyce, Alan Joyce, Ronan Rice, Pierce Woodcock, Naoise Gilmore, James Casey, David Graham, Malachy Woodcock, Adam Wynn, Brian Brennan, Veimi Emmanuel, Jack Drumm.
Next up was the Div 1 teams match with Castleknock. A 6-11 to 5-13 win.
Our away fixture earlier in the year, with an injury depleted team, was 6-15 to 1-3 to Castleknock. How far these lads have come!
This was a ding dong game. Similar to the All Ireland Senior Hurling replay, it was tough but fair, fantastic hooking and blocking on display. No quarter given.
We raced into a lead with some exhilarating
attacking hurling, reeling off 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes. Castleknock
fought back and it ebbed & flowed all the way. The harps panel of 17 on the
day dug in, and showed their real character. Castleknock had the last puck of
the game, with a 40 yard free, which the poor unfortunate castleknock player
missed, which would have earned a draw for his side.
Match day panel – Eoghan McDonald, Alan Joyce, Veimi Emmanuel, Matthew Kelly, Finn Chatten, Adam El Shamy, Matthew Dooley, Paul Wilde©, Robert Delaney, Adam Fearon, Clinton Opara, Robert Kenny, David Boyd, Jacob Grimes, Jack Drumm, Cian Mullarkey & Naoise Gilmore.
Hopefully we get a crowd out for the last fixtures in 2 weeks, to mark another incredible year for this talented group of dual players.