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SW Antrim airbourne hurling blitz

16/03/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 SW Antrim airbourne hurling blitz
Venue: Saint Pat's College Ballymena
Date: 16th March 2013

Eire Og's hurlers continued their fine form when they took part in SW Antrim airbourne games at Saint Pat's college Ballymena. The teams involved in the blitz were host team All Saint's Ballymena, Saint Ergnat's Moneyglass (2 teams), Saint Enda's, and the two Randalstown teams Kickham's Creggan and Tir Na Nog.

The Og's first two games were against the moneyglass teams and if took the Og's a while to get used to the rules of the game as they constantly went for scores instead of skills. We did, however, get a lot of scores for catching and hand passing.

Our third game was against host club All Saints and as they only had 5 players this give both teams more room to perfect their skills. The og's were able to field 6 players so we had a rotating substitute. In this game there were great examples of catching, hand passing, and Pearse pulled off a perfect frontal block for a great point score.

The Og's next game was against Tir Na Nog and their greater knowledge of the game meant that they were able to get easy scores from hand passing and catching although the Og's did compete brilliantly and got some great scores of their own.

Next for the Og's were a very skilful Creggan side although clever thinking from Jack on a free resulted in a number of points through passes to Gerard and Daniel. Caolan started to get more clean possession of the sliotar and young Zack put a great shift up front.

The Og's last game was against old foes Saint Enda's and again the match was fast and furious with both teams racking up the skills. Saint Enda's did manage to get a target score however, we outscored them on blocks.

At the end of the blitz the Og's had played against 6 teams of quality opposition. Daniel, Gerard, Jack and Pearse who had played the previous week with our U12s got to grips with the games very quickly and passed their experience onto Caolan and young Zack who both added to our total scores.

Thanks
I would like to thank Tom for organising these games and it was encouraging to see the large number of teams who fielded. Thanks to Gavin for recording our scores and helping with the team selection and finally thanks to our players and their families for travelling.

Eire Og panel: Caolan,Daniel, Gerard, Jack, Pearse, Zack

County Down Indoor Games

10/03/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 Co Down Indoor Games

Venue: Eddie Irvine Centre, Bangor

Date: 10th March 2013

Brid Og's U10 hurlers took part in the final weekend of County Down indoor games at the now familiar setting of the Eddie Irvine Centre in Bangor.

The Og's again had enough numbers for two teams and our Antrim team were drawn to play Portaferry, All Saint's and Saint Enda's. As there were only 4 teams in our group Saint Paul's B team were introduced.

Our first match was against Saint Paul's and in a one sided contest the Og's came away easy victors and all of the Og's got a score.

Our second game was against a young but skilful Portaferry side. It took a while but the Og's superior skill and strength began to tell and we got several scores from Niall M, Shane, Jack, Alex and Pearse to take the victory.
Our third game was against Saint Enda's B who arrived late due to a mix up with the start time. Again the Og's dominated with Niall M and Gerard protecting Aodhan in nets. Our midfield duo of Jack and Shane fed our forwards and both Alex and Pearse bagged a lot of scores in a one sided contest. 

Our next game was due to be against All Saints Ballymena however the pitch must have been booked for a soccer match and we had a game without a venue. Luckily Saint Enda's A were free for a game on an adjacent pitch and we quickly became their opposition. This was a game with a bit of history to it and neither side wanted to concede anything to their opponents. 

All our players from Aodhan in nets,Niall M and Gerard in defence , our midfield duo of Shane and Jack to our forward line of Alex and Pearse were immense and there was some great striking , blocking and hooking from both sides but the Og's got the crucial scores which give us the victory. At the end of an exciting days hurling Brid Og Antrim had came away with a 100% record with 4 victories and it was great to hear the players asking for an extra game but unfortunately we could not get another opponent.

A young Brid Og Belfast team had 4 games in the Co Down Indoor Games. Some of the players had also been involved in the Pat Rice tournament the day before. Although they competed well, the Ogs were defeated by Ballygalget, Portaferry B and St Endas B. However, they did sign off with a comfortable win over Ballela. A special mention to young David, who celebrated his 8th birthday by making his debut for the U10s today. And we welcomed back Adam after a bit of a break. We hope we will see him back at training and matches regularly.


Brid Og Squad: Alex, Aodhan, Gerard, Jack, Niall M, Pearse, Shane, Adam, Caolan, Conlan, David, Niall, Oran, Zach, Ruari 

Thanks

I would like to thank Micky not only for todays games but for organising all these County Down games for each of the age groups over the last couple of months. Again our parental support was large and vocal.

Ulster Provincial Hurling games

02/03/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U10 Ulster Provincial Hurling games

Venue Magherafelt multi sports arena

Date: 2nd March 2013

Brid Og's U10 hurlers took part in the annual provincial hurling games in Magherafelt.

We were drawn to play against Antrim opposition in the form of Pearse's and Moneyglass however, neither side fielded, and armagh sides Craobh Rua and Sean Tracey's Lurgan. As the number of teams in our group were depleted we managed to fit in a match against local rivals St Paul's.

Our first game was against Sean Tracey's and both teams fielded 8 players in the spacious indoor pitch. Although we competed well in this game we were up against a much stronger skilful team and our resolve was finally broken late in the game with some scores by our opponents. Our Second game was against the south Armagh side Craobh Rua who again were a very skilful team. All 12 players in each team were able to play and the game was increased to 10 minutes. We had a much more possession in this game and had several chances in and around our opponents goal area but could not get the final pull to put the sliotar into our opponents net however Craobh Rua did get a couple of late scores including an excellent point from distance. Our final game was against Saint Paul's and both teams were able to field 10 players each. This meant there was a bit more room for the players to perfect their skills . Saint Paul's took the lead in this game and credit to the Og's as they raised their game and our pressure resulted in a great score from Shane. With seconds to go it looked like we were destined for a drawn game when young Niall raced onto the sliotar and got the score which won us the game.

Thanks.
I would like to thank Kevin for organising these games in this wonderful facilities for gaelic games. Even though two of the teams did not field in our group it was great to play against differant opposition and I hope the kids enjoyed the games. Thanks to Ciaran, John and Tara for helping with the teams and finally thanks to our players parents and family for their support and travelling to this venue.

Brid Og: Alex, Aodhan, Conlan, Gerard, Jack, Jaime, James, Niall D, Niall M, Oran, Pearse, Shane

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