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Co Down Games

22/02/2015Posted by Gavin Kane

 

Venue: Eddie Irvine Centre

Date: 22/02/15

Event: P5/6 Co Down Games

It was the turn of the Brid Og P5/6 team to take part in the Co Down indoor games. We fielded one team at this event and the schedule showed games against, St Pauls Belfast, Ardoyne, Liatroim and Ballygalget 2.

Our initial encounter was with St Pauls Belfast. Having played this team recently we were well aware of their capabilities and they did not fail to disappoint in that regard. The St Pauls team were quick out of the starting blocks and took our team by surprise with some early scores. The Brid Og team was suffering from the age old problem of being slow to start, something we need to work on. As a result the St Pauls team ran out comfortable winners. In fairness they deserved the win.

The second game saw us face Ardoyne. This was a scrappy game from start to finish with neither team really managing  to gain and hold onto possession. As a result possession continually change hands. Our mid field players were successful in supplying the ball to our forward lines but for some reason we could just not manage to finish the job at hand and place the sliotar in the back of the net. This game resulted in our second defeat of the day.

With heads down and grumpy faces all around, the mentors attempted to motivate the players and encouraged them to lift their heads and to wipe the first two games from their memory. In addition, young Pearse who had been watching from the side-lines due to illness, agreed to come on and give some much needed back line support. These provided the turning point for which we were looking.

Our third game against Liatroim got off to a flying start. Our opponents were physical from the outset with some Brid Og players coming out on the wrong end of some tackles. In fairness the team did not let this discourage them and they fought hard for every ball. At the final whistle we had managed a narrow win of 5-4.

With the clock ticking we went straight into our final game with Ballygalget. This was the best game of the day with both sides pretty evenly matched. It was great to see the Brid Og team turn the negativity of the first few games into a hunger for a win. The team played as a cohesive unit and managed to run out comfortable winners in this game.

Thanks to Kieran for organising the games and to Darren for helping with the team and refereeing on the day. Thanks also to the players for travelling. The biggest thanks as usual must to go the players who managed to keep their chins up and turn a negative start into a positive finish – well done.

Team: Eoin, David, Thomas, Zack Jack, Pearse, Daniel, Conlan

 

S Antrim P6 Go Games

21/02/2015Posted by Darren Hamill

P6 South Antrim Go Games
Venue: Colin Valley
Date: 21st February 2015

Brid Og's P6s took part in the South Antrim organised go games at Colin Valley on the Black's Road. Our opponents on the day were Saint John's, Lamh dhearg and Sarsfields.

Our first game was against Saint John's. This was a very tight affair with both teams having plenty of possession of the sliotar but in the end the Og's took the win with goals from David and Thomas. As the game on the adjacent pitch had not finished we continued our game but both teams agreed to play ground rules for the first couple of minutes. Dara scored a great goal to give us the lead but our opponents equalised but when the game switched back to full rules a great clearance for Owen resulted in a winning goal.

Our second game was now played in the larger pitch and our numbers were reduced to 6 as Niall who had been suffering all week had to retire. Our opponents were Lamh dhearg who were much larger in stature than our players but as a lot of these players had already played with our U12 squad they were able to play some excellent hurling against a very physical side.Butros, Owen, Pearse and Thomas competed brilliantly but special mention for David who was playing and competing against a player literally twice his size. At the final whistle the Og's had recorded a 0-0 draw but Dara was probably the busier keeper in this game.

Our final game was against Sarsfields. Dara was rewarded for his heroics in nets in the previous game by playing in midfield , with Owen and Thomas protecting Butros in nets. David and Pearse were our forwards and together with Owen were the players who got our scores in a 4-2 victory.

Thanks
Thanks to Anto for organising the games and thanks to John D for helping with the team and refereeing. A final well done to the team who hurled brilliantly today and hopefully they will be able to continue this good form in the County Down games tomorrow.

Brid Og Panel: Butros, Dara, David, Niall, Owen, Pearse, Thomas

N Antrim League

31/01/2015Posted by Ciaran Grant

N Antrim League - Division 3 final
Venue: Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena
Date: 31st Jan 2015

The U10s travelled to Ballymena to face Dunloy in the Section 3 final of the prestigious North Antrim indoor hurling league. They had beaten their opponents, Dunloy, the previous week, but the kids were reminded that this was a new game and they needed to give 100% from the first whistle. And they responded brilliantly. The Ógs took control from the throw in and in their first attack Pearse scored a goal. He followed it up with another couple of goals and early into the match the game already looked like it was beyond the Cuchullains. By half-time it was 5-0 to Brid Óg. Pearse was moved into goals and our younger players got a good run out in the second half. It didn't stop the Ógs adding to their tally and at the final whistle Brid Óg were winners by eight goals to zero. David with 2 goals, Liam and Jack had joined Pearse on the scoresheet.

The Brid Óg fans in the stand gave great vocal support and encouragement to the players. Thanks to everyone who has turned up over the past three Saturdays to cheer on the team.

So, after a couple of previous final defeats, Brid Óg have finally won a North Antrim league trophy. The team had to wait and watch a couple of keenly contested matches before being presented with their trophies along with the other winners on the day. Congratulations to all the kids who have hurled superbly over the last three weekends. It has to be pointed out that they did not concede a goal in any of their matches throughout the group games and the final. And well done to all the mentors involved. The work put in at training was borne out in the game, which was great to see. It was a great start to the 2015 hurling season and hopefully more success will follow in the remaining months of the year.

Brid Óg: Jack, Zack, Owen, Pearse, James, Conor, Liam, David.

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