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S Antrim P6 Go Games

16/03/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

P6 South Antrim Go Games

Venue: Lamh Dhearg

Date: 15th March 2014

Brid Og were able to field 2 teams at the P6 games in Hannahstown. One of our teams consisted mainly of P6 players and our second included mostly P5s and young Zack who had already played earlier in the day at the P4 games at Colin Valley.

On pitch 1(P6s)  the games were  9 minutes each half as per the programme of events however on Pitch 2 (P5s) the groups numbers were increased to 4 teams and the games were reduced to 10 minutes straight

Pitch 1
Brid Og  v Saint John's
This was a hard game for the players as they were up against a strong physical and skilful team and unfortunately our opponents came away with the victory

Brid Og v Saint Paul's
This game was a high scoring classic with both sides playing great hurling. As the games on Pitch 2 were already over it was decided to let both sides make substitutions but this did not interfere with the spectacle on show. Shane and Fintan put in a shift in their midfield roles. Caelem in nets was well protected by Adam and Gerard with Owen occupying our forward position. David, Niall Pearse and Zack also came on from the side lines and in the end we managed a victory by the narrowest of margins

Pitch 2
Brid Og v Saint Pauls
This game was similar to our Saint John's game on the adjacent pitch as we started sluggish and after Saint Paul's got a couple of early scores we found it hard to get back into game and Saint Pauls took the victory.

Brid Og v Ardoyne
Our next game was against North Belfast side Ardoyne and our players started to do the basics right and their greater possession resulted in a 3-0 victory.

Brid Og v Saint Johns
Our final game on pitch 2 was against St Johns. Niall now joined our ranks which also included Conlon, David, Owen, Pearse, Sophia and Zack. This was our best performance of the day and we scored some great goals from distance and collected our second victory for this team on the day.

Thanks
I would like to thank Kieran for organising these games and it was nice to get some outdoor matches. Thanks to our players parents for their vocal support from the sidelines and thanks to Gavin, John and Tara for helping with the 2 teams. Finally it is great to see the number of players that are attending both training and the games at the moment and this can only strengthen our team for the future.

Brid Og Panel: Adam, Caelem, Conlon, David, Fintan, Gerard, Niall, Owen McC, Owen, Pearse, Shane, Sophia, Zack

Ulster Provincial Tournament

01/03/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 Ulster Provinical Games

Venue: Meadowbank Arena Magherafelt

Date: 1st March 2014

Brid Og's U10 hurlers took part in the annual Ulster Provincial blitz at the magnificent meadowbank arena in Magherafelt. The plan this year was to change the format so that the games were played in a league basis with the final games being graded.

Our opponents on the day were due to be Ballinascreen from County Derry, North Antrim side Oisins and County Tyrone side Eire Og Carrickmore. Unfortunately Eire Og did not field and they were replaced by Belfast side Saint Paul's

Our first game was against Ballinascreen and from the start we were on top but our dominance only resulted in a 2 goal victory with Niall and Pearse getting the final touches.

Our second game was against Oisin's Glenariffe. We played against these opponents a couple of weeks ago in the North Antrim League and they had actually went on to take the ultimate  victory in the Division 1 Final so we knew we were going to be up against a skilful physical team. We set up the side to make us hard to beat and our defence and midfield played brilliant however if we had a bit of luck in front of goal we could have nipped a victory however both camps were pleased with the 0-0 stalemate.

Our final league game was against Saint Paul's and unfortunately they got an early lead. Credit to the team they tried to get on top of the game and Oran managed to scramble the sliotar over the line for the equaliser and with seconds to go Fintan got our second goal to take the victory which was probably a bit harsh on Saint Paul's who had played some great hurling themselves.

At the end of the league series of games we had recorded 2 Wins and 1 Draw and this would have put us in joint first position in our group however with the delayed start due to the traffic issues in both Belfast and locally in Magherafelt we were unable to fulfil our final fixture to the disappointment of both the mentors and players alike however they can be very proud of their performance which has kept our unbeaten run going.

Thanks
I would like to thank Kevin for organising these games which allows for kids from different counties to field against each other. Thanks to our players parents and families for their support on the sidelines. A final thanks to our players who hurled brilliantly today and special mention to Caelem and Daniel who both played the first competitive games under Brid Og and I hope they enjoyed the experience.

Brid Og Panel: Brian, Caelem, Conlon, Daniel, David, Fintan, Jack, Niall, Oran, Owen, Pearse, Zack

Pat Rice Memorial Tournament

22/02/2014Posted by Gavin Kane

 

Event: Pat Rice Memorial Tournament

Venue: Falls Leisure Centre Belfast

Date: 22/02/14

The Brid Og hurlers took part in the first week of the annual Pat Rice Memorial Tournament today. This week’s opponents included Ard Eoin, St Pauls and Lamh Dhearg. This would be a tough round of games as we had to face both St Pauls and Lamh Dhearg – joint winners from last year.  The games consisted of 2 seven minute halves.

Our first game involved a game against Ard Eoin. From the outset the teamed performed brilliantly with a relentless onslaught on the Ard Eoin keeper. Despite some great saves by the Ard Eoin keeper the final score in this game was Brid Og 12 – Ard Eoin 0. The score line did not do the Ard Eoin team justice as they hurled brilliantly and held their nerve throughout.

The second game of the day saw the Brid Og team (consisting of a mix of P5’s, P4s and even one P3) face the large and physical Lamh Dhearg team. With credit to the team they were undaunted by the physical presence of this team and the Brid Og skill and speed quickly showed when the team raced to a 3-0 lead. The Lamh Dhearg team responded and scored 2 goals in quick succession, placing the score at 3-2 at half time. The team talk at half time was used to encourage the team and to remind them of the need to close down the opposition. The second half was a very physical affair with young David ending up in the back of the gaol at one stage after a tangle with his opponent. This resulted in a well taken penalty by David. The final score was Brid Og 6 – Lamh Dhearg 3.

 

The final game saw the Brid Og team face St Pauls. The team were tired after the previous game which was fast and physical. However to their credit, the skill and speed of the Brid Og team shone through. The second half of this game saw some of the best play of the day with intense play on all sections of the field. At the end the Brid Og team came out on top with a 6-3 win.

At the end of the session Brid Og were the only team to win all of their games and whilst this places the team in a strong position, the tournament is far from over. The team will need to stay focused if they are to stay in contention and take advantage of today’s wins.

All of the players played brilliantly today and each shone in their own way. Liam the youngest on the team, played with his usual calm but effective approach and hurled brilliantly against some very large opponents (some of whom were literally twice his size). David set a new record by becoming the first ‘human goal’ after his ending up in the back of the goal. Jack stayed focused and committed throughout and showed a great team spirit with his passing. Pearse showed great discipline and of course skill in all positions. Niall showed again that he is a committed and fearless player, who always does as he told (I can hear John’s sharp intake of breath at that remark). Conlan showed a lot of great defensive skill and proved that he will not be intimated by any opponent regardless of their size. Zack showed great patience and skill in goals and must be given credit for playing almost all of the games in the goal keeper position. He made some great saves.

All of the kids contributed in their own unique way and showed that this young team is the envy of their opponents.

A special thanks to David and Ciaran for organising the event. Also thanks to Ciaran for refereeing today – a thankless task at times. Thanks to Darren for helping with the team selection and motivation and also to the parents for their support.

Brid Og squad: Conlan, David, Zack, Pearse, Niall, Jack,Liam

Scores:

Brid Og 12 Ard Eoin 0

St Pauls 6 Lamh Dhearg 9

Brid Og 6 Lamh Dhearg 3

St Pauls 12 Ard Eoin 3

St Pauls 3 Brid Og 6

 

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