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Pat Rice Memorial Tournament

28/06/2015Posted by Ciaran Grant


The annual Pat Rice Memorial Hurling Tournament at Woodlands on Sunday. This was the first time that the competition was held outdoors, though the round-robin league format was retained. Brid Óg were defending the title, which they won at the Falls Leisure Centre in 2014. They faced stiff competition as local clubs Rossa and St Gall’s were joined by Dunloy and Armagh side, Lamh Dhearg, Keady

The tournament started with Brid Óg defeating Rossa by 1-1 to 0-0, with Niall get both the Ógs scores. At the same time, Dunloy defeated St Gall’s. The next round of matches saw the introduction of Keady and they defeated Rossa in their opening match. On the other pitch Brid Óg went behind to a Dunloy goal. Niall shipped a heavy tackle and had to go off and things were getting a bit tetchy when the half-time whistle blew. In the second half Niall returned in goals and Brid Óg concentrated on playing hurling. Pearse scored a point to get the Ógs going and soon after Niall, who had recovered enough to move outfield popped up to score a crucial goal. A final point sealed a 1-2 to 1-0 victory for Brid Óg.

Following this, Brid Óg faced Keady and this was another very good game. Brid Óg came away with another victory by 2-2 to 0-1. This was mainly due to their better efficiency in front of goal. Keady had chances but a few went narrowly wide. Pearse and Finaly scored the Brid Óg goals. Belfast rivals, Ross and St Gall’s faced each other on the second pitch, with the Milltown Row kids coming out on top.

The Ógs now had a break and watched as Keady defeated St Gall’s and Dunloy beat Rossa. Keady’s win over St Gall’s meant that Brid Óg could not be caught in the league. Even a defeat to St Gall’s would mean they would win the competition on head-to-head against Keady. However, they went out and played like champions and defeated St Gall’s by 2-3 to 0-0. Pearse and Jack scored the Óg goals in this game. Keady and Dunloy played each other, with the winners guaranteeing second place and it was the Armagh boys who claimed that position with a 3-2 to 2-0 victory.

So, on a day where there was top-class hurling from all 5 teams, Brid Óg came out on top and successfully defended their title. There were some very good young hurlers on each time and all the kids who played can be very proud of their efforts today. But, congratulations to the Brid Óg players and the mentors involved with this talented bunch of hurlers – they were very deserving winners.

Brid Óg Squad: Darragh, Daniel, Conlan, Niall, Owen, David, Zach, Finlay, Thomas, Pearse, Boutros, James, Conor, Jack, Dara

Thanks to Rossa, Dunloy, St Gall’s and Keady for coming to Woodlands and taking part in the tournament. And thanks to David, Colm and John D for refereeing the matches today and thanks to the parents and other supporters for all their encouragement from the sidelines. This was another great day in the short history of Brid Óg and follows on from the success earlier in the year that the U8s and U10s had in the North Antrim League. With three trophies having been won this year, let’s hope that the success continues into the second half 2015.


P6 Go Games

23/05/2015Posted by Darren Hamill

P6 South Antrim Go Games
Venue: St Paul's
Date: 23rd May 2015

Brid Og's P5/6 hurlers took part in the latest South Antrim run Go Games at Saint Paul's . Unfortunately only Davitts and Rossa could field but what we lacked in quantity was more than made up with the quality of hurling played by all 3 sides.

Our first game of the day was against the Davitts and both teams were able to field 11 players. This however made clean possession of the sliotar very difficult and in a very physical tussle the Og's managed to edge out winners in a tight game.

Our second game was against Rossa and the numbers for this match was reduced to 8 a side. Although this meant we had to make substitutions the lack of additional players allowed our players to show their skills in possession and some great team work was rewarded with several fantastic scores and the Og's got their second victory of the day


Thanks to John for refereeing both games and thanks to Gavin for helping with the team selection. Thanks to our parental support and I hope they enjoyed the skills shown by their children today. Finally well done to all the 11 players who fielded for Brid Og today as they contributed to a great team performance which further cements our belief that they are one of the best hurling teams at this age not only in Belfast but also the county.

Brid Og Panel: Butros, Conlan, Dara, David, Finlay, Jack, James, Niall, Owen, Thomas, Zack

Pat Sheehan Tournament

10/05/2015Posted by Darren Hamill

P6 Pat Sheehan Memorial Tournament
Venue: St Gall's
Date: 10th May 2015

Brid Og were invited to field in the annual Pat Sheehan memorial P6 hurling tournament hosted by Saint Gall's.

The Og's were drawn in Group A which included Belfast sides Rossa, Saint John's together with County Down side Bredagh and we knew we would have to hurl well to get into the Cup Competition.

Our first game was against Rossa and as usual we started a bit sluggish but got across the line with a 2 point victory. Our second league game was against the whiterock side and our opponents took the lead with a goal when we were making some changes to the team formation. This score seemed to kick start the Og's into gear and they responded with a great goal of their own. At the final whistle the scoring was 1:0 to 1:0 but the Og's were rewarded with the victory as their earlier pressure had resulted in several 65's being counted. With 2 victories the Og's were in a strong position and they played some great hurling to win the group with a 2:0 to 0:2 victory against South Belfast side Bredagh.

Topping Group A meant we were graded in the Cup competition and our quarter final opponents would be the second place team in group C. This was a very tight group as well with Saint Enda's pipping Portaferry. We had played Saint Enda's recently at go games played at Musgrave and we knew to expect a physical confrontation. Playing with the wind the Og's could not take advantage and Saint Enda's went into half time with a one point lead. Our players were reminded that it was now a knockout competition and we had to raise our game or we were out. Late in the game the score was 0:2 to 0:1 to Saint Enda's and when time was running we thought we had taken the lead when a powerful strike of the sliotar appeared to beat the keeper only for our man behind the post to call it wide to the disappointment of our sideline. Fortunately the Og's support didn't have long to wait for the green flag to be raised as on our next attack we scored a major to take the lead in the game. With seconds to go the tension was rising on the sidelines but great defending from the team meant we were through to the semi - final.

Our reward for beating Saint Enda's was a semi final place against the tournaments highest scorers County Derry side Lavey. Our players were asked to dig deep again and at half time the Og's had only conceded a single pointed score and now had the advantage of the wind. Unfortunately we couldn't change our possession into scores whereas Lavey added another 2 points to their tally. Late in the game the Og's were awarded  a free which was powerfully struck but saved by the excellent Lavey keeper the rebound resulted in a goal mouth frenzy of pulling of sticks but unfortunately the sliotar inched wide to the dismay of the Brid Og players and support. Lavey's poc out was greeted with the final whistle and this signalled our elimination from the tournament.

Brid Og Panel: Conlan, Conor, Daniel, Dara, David, Finlay, Jack, Niall, Owen, Pearse, Thomas, Zack  


I would like to thank Dave, Eugene and Saint Gall's for organising this great juvenile hurling competition. I would like to thank Ciaran, Gavin and John for helping with the team and the sizeable Brid Og support and I hope they enjoyed the days hurling. Finally well done to the players who topped their group and conceded the least scores against the cup winners Lavey. It must be remembered that this is still a very young team with several P5s and a P4 player and for most of these games they had to compete against bigger physical teams. 

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