The Under 10’s played in the Ballyduff Invitational Hurling Tournament and played 5 matches over 2 separate weekends. It was a real intercounty affair with clubs from Tipperary, Cork and Waterford involved. We have played a number of challenge matches, the most recent one being on Tuesday 23rd June in Ballynoe against St. Catherine’s. This was a wonderful game of hurling from 2 very evenly matched teams. We are continuing to train intensely during the week and encourage all players to carry a hurley around with them to develop their skills. We are developing a very good squad of hurlers and footballers.
Next week sees us train with the Under 9 team and we will play an inter club mixed game. The Parish Leagues were a huge success for this bunch of players, this involved 6 matches over a 6 week period and our squad would like to thank in particular the huge input from Alan Geary, Andrew Murphy and the sponsoring Bulman, O’Sullivan and Pomphrett families. It is with a lot of sadness we bid farewell and bon voyage to Declan Sugrue who heads back home to America on a permanent basis, thanks for the jokes Declan.
Our panel is picked from the following players; Aaron O'Donnell Murphy, Bobby Nicholson, Bartosz Farmas, Charlie O'Brien, Ciaran Reilly, Christopher Buckley, Coady Hickey, Conor Galvin, Declan Sugrue, Donnacha Ruxton, Dylan Byrne, James Murray, Niall Baylor, Oisin Casey, Orin Brooks, PJ McCarthy, Ryan Twohig and Sean Murphy. Coaches: Brian Murphy and Vincent Murray. Logistics: Mags McCarthy. We would love to see new players join our squad, all are welcome at training.
By Michael Moynihan, Ballynoe (Courtesy of www.examiner.ie)
On Saturday 20th June Eochaill Óg under 5/6’s travelled to Abbeyside in Waterford for a friendly match. This was a first outing for a lot of the children, and they really enjoyed the experience. Each player got to play three matches against different teams from Abbeyside, and showed great skills and technique in every match.
Team A - Andy O Sullivan, Jack McCarthy, Eoghan Gleeson, Conor Clancy, Conor O Sullivan, Evan O Driscoll, Rory Walsh, Joe Cashman. Manager: Carmel O Sullivan
Team B - Brian Griffin, Ciaran Hehir, Cormac Foley, Shane Coffey, Dylan Hogan, Rory Clancy, Fionn Healy. Manager: Aidan Foley
Team C - Marley Walsh, Donnacha Coleman, Enda Terry, Seoirse Hill, Eirinn O Brien, Ellie May Purdy Managers: Eoin Coleman, Warren Terry, Carmel O Brien
Team D - Carthach O Laoire, Oisin Crowley, Killian McCleverty, Cian O Connell, Sean Scully, Abbey Copper. Manager: Claire McCleverty, Joe O Connell, John Scully, Hilary Crowley
Team E - Mathew Murray, Darragh Murray, Issac Mc Mahon, Ben O Driscoll, Shauna Smiddy, Lucy Murphy. Manager: Paul O Driscoll, Vincent Murray
After the match everyone headed to McDonald's for refreshments. Thanks very much to all the parents and mentors who travelled and helped out on the day.
Fé 14 hurlers travel to Antrim to play in 2015 Feile na nGael
Youghal U14 hurlers set off for the lovely Glens of Antrim on Thursday 18th June 2015 to compete in the prestigious Feile na nGael hurling tournament. Having stayed in Dundalk on Thursday night, the young hurlers finally arrived at their host club, Glenarrife, Co Antrim at 4pm Friday 19th. The hosts treated us to team and sandwiches and cake and also let us use their facilities at their club to loosen up the legs before 2 round robin hurling games that evening. Youghal started the campaign with a win against Cushendall (Antrim) but lost to a very strong team St Earnans (Westmeath) in game 2, indeed this team were to be the eventual winners of the tournament.
A huge Youghal support was both audible and visible and that gave the team great heart throughout the opening 2 games. The players were then collected by their host families and enjoyed a welcome rest. Game 3 was played Saturday morning and this was against the host team, Glenarriffe, with the winners getting 2nd place. Glenarriffe prevailed in a ding- dong game and only for a superb save from their keeper at the end, denied Youghal victory.
So 3rd place secured and this ensured a Shield semi-final game that Saturday afternoon against O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim). Youghal recaptured their form and some early scores set up a welcome victory. This meant the Youghal convoy would be on the move to Derry in the early morning. Spirits were good on Saturday night, Glenarrif and Youghal clubs dined together after attending Mass and exchanged gifts and glowing tributes to each other. The highlight was each Youghal player individually presenting a sliothar to each Glenarrif Oisins player, which created a bond between the players. Indeed news had just filtered through that Youghal senior hurlers had prevailed against Killeagh in the SHC (there was no reception where we were) and a rendition of “Up the Youghal Boys” was sung with gusto by all.
Sunday morning and the trip to the Ownabeg complex in Dungiven, Co Derry, was next, Youghal were first onto the field where they met Dunloy (Antrim) and produced their best display in terms of skill, determination, heart and temperament, a very close game went Youghal’s way, and so qualifying for the Shield Final. Unfortunately, Ballycastle from Antrim were just that bigger and more powerful than Youghal and ran out easy winners, but the Youghal lads were attacking to the very end, indeed if a chance was taken just after scoring their goal mid-way though the second half, then maybe….
The U14 panel and mentors are: Kelvin Yellop, Ian Fitzgerald Hehir, Cian O Sullivan, Brian O' Driscoll, Evan Villis, Ethan Cliffe, Joshua Varian, Aidan Kelly, Danny Dorrian, Jake O'Brien, Jake McCarthy, Alan Carter, Cúlann Geary, Aaron Creamor, Devon O’Donoghue, Niall Sheehan, Dean Coleman, Adam Dempsey, Shane Morgan, Cian Coleman Butler, Conor O Neill, Nathan Daly, Oreoluwa Amosu, Aaron Fitzgerald, Sele Ovianria, Oisin Hill, Michael Breathnach, Oran Finn. Mgr : Hugh Dorrian, Sels: Tommy O’ Connell, Billy O’Connell, Domhnaill O’Sullivan, John Morgan, Philip Monaghan,
Special thanks to all who travelled and made this a very special weekend for all concerned, indeed a bond has been created by all who were there and many happy memories formed. Eochaill Abú