Friday 30th May was Finals Night of the Eochaill Óg 2014 Hurling Parish Leagues. A wonderful occasion adorned with bright sunshine and freshly cut grass, a huge crowd and lovely hurling gave us something to remember for along time. The three finals were played off and produced three winning teams on the night but in truth everyone was a winner on the night.
The Robbie O' Sullivan Shield Final was played between Cuchulainn and Na Fianna with Cuchulainn winning on a scoreline of 3-01 to 1-02. The Tom "Midge" Pomphrett Final was played between The Gaels and The Crokes where The Crokes emerged victorious on a scoreline of 0-05 to 2-02. The George Bulman Cup Final saw Setanta defeat The Davitts 1-03 to 0-01. Team photos were taken prior to the games and all 6 teams and managers were led out onto the field by the Youghal Pipe Band. Amhrann Na bhFiann was observed by all and Mick Sheehan provided outside commentary of the days proceedings and interviews between each game. Official match programmes were for sale and a scoreboard in operation giving the occasion an "All Ireland Final" feel to it, which indeed it was to all who played in it. Each game was refereed by a Youghal Senior Hurler, Barry Ring, John Grace and Nigel Roche respectively.
The parents, grand parents and family members of the players who attended in large numbers from Match Day 1 back in April 28th turned out in force again to create a marvellous, friendly, happy atmosphere.
All three trophies were presented by Dan O'Sullivan, Kathleen Bulman and Angela Pomphrett to the winning teams amid scenes of total happiness and pure joy. Medals were also presented to all players including the managers ensuring every player was a winner on the day, which they were! Afterwards players went to the clubhouse where they had a post match meal and savoured the day with their teammates. Parents and friends also had tea and sandwiches in the club bar to complete a lovely day.
The whole event was a massive success. We at Eochaill Óg knew it could work but to be honest we were taken aback by how much everyone "got behind it", the amount of sandwiches and cakes made by parents for the night itself and support and thanks from all afterwards was very humbling and the smiles on the players' faces said it all. We had 11's 10's and 9 year olds all mixed together playing with and against each other and by the end of the whole event they were playing as one big group. New friends made!!
PARISH LEAGUE FINALS NIGHT – FINAL SCORES – FRIDAY MAY 30TH 2014
Robbie O'Sullivan Shield Final Na Fianna 1-02 Cúchulainn 3-01
Tom "Midge" Pomphrett Cup Final The Crokes 2-02 The Gaels 0-05
George Bulman Cup Final Setanta 1-03 The Davitts 0-01