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Sarsfield's Blitz

17/08/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 Sarsfield's Blitz

Date: 17th August 2013

Venue: Sarsfields

Unfortunately our planned blitz at Ballymena was cancelled due to lack of teams participating but a late text enabled our U10s to hurl at another venue when Gareth from Sarsfields invited us to a 4 team blitz. Our other opponents on the day were the paddies neighbours St Pauls and Rossa.

Our first match was against St Pauls and as we only had 8 players a couple of their players were added to our ranks. Our opponents played the better hurling and took some great scores. In the second half we got a goal to get closer to our opponents but at the final whistle St Paul's had taken the victory.

Our second game was against Rossa and the positioning of the pitch meant the game was played in an increasing cross wind. Niall M in nets was struggling to get distance with his poc outs and the 2 Pearc(s)es in defence were being put under a lot of pressure. Our midfield trio of Niall D, Jack and Gerard competed brilliantly with Jack scoring a great goal after putting the Rossa defence under immense pressure. Late in the second half the team seemed to grow in confidence and our forwards Niamh and Zack had several chances to add to our scoring total but Rossa had done enough to win the game.

Our final game was against our host club Sarsfields and Niall D who had been in the wars during the last game volunteered to be our keeper.
Gerard and Jack started as defenders with Niall M and the 2 Pearc(s)es in midfield. Zack and Niamh continued in their forward positions. We were also helped by a Sarsfields player to even the numbers and he duly helped with a couple of scores. Niall M was gaining a lot of confidence in this game and on a solo run from midfield we scored a great point from a difficult angle. Pearce S and Zack also added to our scoring and Brid Og played their best hurling in their final match to take the victory. It must also be mentioned that Niall D played brilliantly through the pain barrier! in nets to preserve our lead in this match and Gerard the Pearc(s)es and Jack put a lot of pressure onto their opponents. Also I must mention the great performance from Niamh who was playing in just her second hurling blitz and I hope she and the rest of the team enjoyed their days hurling. It was also a shame that our usual midfielder Shane had to watch the games on the sideline through injury. Everyone involved with Brid Og hurling hope he has a quick and full recovery.

Thanks

I would like to thank Gareth, Colm and Gary for the late invite to this blitz. I would like to thank Gavin and John for helping with the team and our parents for travelling to the venue and for their support during the games. Finally a big thanks to the players who again hurled brilliantly.

Brid Og Panel: Gerard, Jack, Niall D, Niall M, Niamh, Pearce S, Pearse H, Zack.

N Antrim Blitz

04/08/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 North Antrim Blitz

Venue : Dunloy
Date: 4th August 2013
Brid Og were  invited to field an U10 team in a blitz organised by Dunloy.
Brid Og were placed in a group containing Saint Enda's , host club Dunloy and Oisin's Glenariffe. Unfortunately we could only field 7 true U10 players but Ciara was allowed to play as well. Our first game was against Saint Enda's and against the wind we took the lead when the youngest player on the pitch Liam scored an excellent goal. The Og's tried to keep their lead but Saint Enda's equalized with a great strike of their own. The Og's took the lead again when a player on loan from Saint Enda's scored but this was our final score in this match and our opponents took the victory. Our second match was against Dunloy. Due to the increasing wind the format of the games were changed from 10 minutes straight to 6 minute half games. In the first half the Og's played against the wind and our opponents took full advantage with some great scores from distance. In the second half the Og's started to hurl better with Shane and Pearse getting our scores but Dunloy had amassed enough of a lead to take the victory. Our final group game was against a very solid and skilful Oisin's team. Again the Og's played the first half against the wind and our opponents took some fine scores. In the second half we tried to go on the attack but our poc outs and strikes couldn't find the target and we finished the group section with three defeats although we were competitive in all the games.
When the group sections were completed the teams were graded into sub groups and we were paired with Ballycastle and Cushendun.  Our first game in this section was against McQuillan's Ballycastle. Ballycastle had been graded third in their group which also contained Ruairi Og's and Loughguile shamrocks. Ballycastle hurled brilliantly and took their scores well but we did reply with pointed scores from Shane and Pearse. At the final whistle Ballycastle had secured their victory. Our final game was against Cushendun and the mentors tried to reassure the players that they were hurling brilliantly against some of the best hurling teams in the county. Our numbers were boosted by Charlie who changed the green and black for the white and red. This was a great game against 2 equal teams. Conlan was excellent in nets and was well protected by Charlie, Ciara and Gerard in defence. Pearse joined Shane in midfield with brothers Liam and Oran being helped by Niall up front. Niall took his opportunity in a forward position by taking some great scores. Shane also got on the score board and the Og's left their best performance to the final game when we took the victory in a very tight scoring game.
Thanks
I would like to thank Sean and Declan for organising this blitz which was a great spectacle of juvenile hurling. Our young team, featuring several U8's, were shown the standard of hurling required at this level and they can only benefit from playing in such blitzes. I would like to thank the young whistlers who refereed brilliantly during the games even though our players at times thought they knew better. Thanks to John and Ciaran for helping with the team and a special mention to Ciaran who rewarded the players displays with chocolate bars. Thanks to our parents for travelling and a final thanks to our players who hurled brilliantly and the players who played for us from our opponent teams. 
Brid Og Panel: (Charlie), Ciara, Conlan, Gerard, Liam, Niall, Oran, Pearse, Shane

 

N Antrim Blitz

23/06/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 North Antrim Blitz

Date: 23rd June 2013

Venue: Cushendall

Brid Og's U10 hurlers were invited to field a team in a hurling blitz organised by Ruairi Og's Cushendall. Unfortunately due to the Jack McCartan football tournament in Belfast our numbers for these games were low but it was decided that the trip to the "Glens" would benefit those players who travelled. There was also a bit of confusion as the organisers had originally booked Brid Og for two teams but we were only able to field the 7 players.

We were due to play 6 games during the blitz but unfortunately the weather brought the games to a premature ending although we were able to fit in games against  Glenariffe, Glenravel and Loughguile Shamrocks. Our first game was a rude awakening into North Antrim hurling due to the speed and physical nature of the tackling. In fairness to the team they did settle quickly into the match but 2 late goals give the Oisins the victory.

Our second game was against Glenravel and Andrew who had been at his caravan joined our ranks although his participation was to be short lived when we took a pull across his knee and couldn't continue in the rest of the games. This was the tightest of the games and the Og's defence of Pearce S and Gerard played brilliantly to keep both teams scoreless at half time. With the wind on our backs in the second half our midfield of Shane and Jack was told to run at our opponents and try and feed our forward line of David and Niall. Although we had more possession we found it hard to break down our opponents until near the end of the second half Shane took a side line cut which sailed into the back of the Glenravel net . This great score was greeted with applause from both the Brid Og and Glenravel supporters and was a fitting winning score for any game.

Our final game was against Loughguile Shamrocks. During this game the strength of the wind started to increase and the Og's took a half time lead with scores from Shane and Pearce S.  The second half meant we were playing against the wind and Niall found it hard to get distance in his poc outs. Jack and Gerard were constantly under pressure from the shamrocks forward line and they got the scores to take the victory.

Thanks
I would like to thank Adrian and Declan for the invite to this blitz which I believe will help with the development of these players. Thanks to John for helping with the team and to our parents for travelling. A special mention to Nuala for supplying the players and parents with food and drink and I  hope Andrew is also ok after his knock during the game. Finally a big thanks to the players who showed today they can compete at this high level of juvenile hurling.

Brid Og Panel: David, Gerard, Jack, Niall, Pearce S, Pearse H, Shane

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