U12 hurlers take top honours at Ger Canavan Skills Challenge

posted 6 Jul 2015, 00:37 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 6 Jul 2015, 02:37 ]

The Harps under 12 hurlers were represented by Luke Whelan and James Kenny at the 18th annual Ger Canavan Hurling Skills challenge held in O’Tooles GAA Club. From the outset it was clear that both James and Luke would need to be at their best to succeed in the competition as they competed against 9 other clubs for the top honours.

On the first skill challenge, the solo square, both of the lads produced perfect runs to get maximum points. The next test was of their 65’s taking skills. With a strong wind blowing across the pitch both Luke and James did well, but both missed one of their 65’s. Next up was the jab lift challenge. Another flawless performance saw the two lads’ complete 12 lifts each around the course in the 30 seconds. It was on to the final field event, the side-line cuts, both of the lads were feeling confident. Luke scored three out of three while the strong wind caught James out for two of his cuts.

With only the hurling wall skill left the lads knew they were definitely in contention. James was up first and posted a good score in the two 30 seconds runs, narrowly missing some of the high score targets of 30 points. Next up was Luke. A great performance saw him score a massive 270 points over the two legs. 

With all skill tests now completed the Harps hurlers could only watch and wait to see where they stood in the running. When all competitors had completed the skills test and the scores had been totted up it was down to announcing the winners. 20 anxious hurlers waited to hear if they were in the top three.  The Naomh Barrog hurler took third place while Raheny made it to second place. The overall winner was announced as Luke Whelan from Skerries Harps. His great performance on the hurling wall saw him take the top honours on the day.  Our hosts complimented the skill levels on display from both the Harps hurlers. The two lads did the Skerries Harps proud with great display of some of the skills of the small ball game.

The win topped off what was a great event that was well organised by Alan McGovern of O’Tooles GAA. Our thanks to Alan and his team for a superb afternoon that was enjoyed by hurlers and spectators alike.