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Co Down Games

05/01/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

First Year County Down Games

Venue: Eddie Irvine Centre

Date: 5th January 2014

It's only the 5th January and our first year players have already played competitive games at the Eddie Irvine Centre in Bangor. Unfortunately Kilclief, Ballela and Ardoyne did not field but this meant we had games against the current Nipper Quinn A and B champions Saint Gall's and Lamh Dhearg respectively. There was also enough time to squeeze in a game against Saint Paul's from Holywood.

All the games were full rules played over 6 minutes straight and it was decided that we would play both Lamh dhearg and Saint Gall's twice. All the games were fast and furious and there was no signs of any rustiness over the Christmas holidays. As we fielded 8 players all the positions were rotated and it nice to see all our players getting scores today. The day ended with 2 wins over Lamh Dhearg, a victory against St Paul's and a draw and defeat in the two games against St Gall's

Thanks
I would like to thank Micky for organising the games today. Although several teams did not field it was still a useful run out for our team. As the sliotar never goes out of play this allows for good fast exciting hurling and today all the teams produced this. A large thank you also to our parents who again travelled to the sea-side venue in their numbers and cheered the players on.

Brid Og Panel
Brendan
Connla
Diarmaid
Gerard
Joe
Pearse
Ronan
Sean

Keady Hurling Tournament

14/12/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

Keady hurling tournament

Date: 14th December 2013

Venue: St Pat's School Keady

Brid Og were invited to the annual Lamh dhearg Keady hurling tournament and due to the number of teams involved the games were played at Saint Patrick's High School in the town. The teams competing were Armagh sides Keady and Sean Tracey's Lurgan, Derry side Lavey and our Belfast neighbours Saint Gall's. County Down side Newry Shamrocks failed to field but the tournament still had a Ulster Championship feel to it.

In awful weather conditions which continued throughout the whole blitz our first game was against the host club Keady on the school's 3G pitch. The match was 15 a side and as the pitch was quite small if size it did not allow to play free flowing hurling but we did come away with a 1:3 to 1:0 victory however Ciaran had taken a knock in this game and didn't play until the later games.

Our second game was against Lurgan side Sean Tracey's. Our U10s had fielded against this team at the provincial blitz at magherafelt and we knew they would be very skilful and we would have to start very quickly and this is exactly what we did with several goals being scored early in the game which give us the building blocks for a comfortable second victory.

Our third game was against Derry giants Lavey. And all the talk before the game was about the Ulster Feile defeat by our opponents at Owenbeg. Playing with a considerable wind in the first half again we urged the team to start quickly and try and get some quick scores and they duly obliged however at half time we told them that they would have to put in a strong shift as Lavey would come at us playing with the wind. Lavey did get some scores and at the final whistle they cheered like they had beaten us however the referee confirmed that the final score was Brid Og 5:2 to 1:3.

Our final game was against current Nipper Quinn champions Saint Gall's. News had filtered through to our players that Keady had beaten the Galls in their previous game but the players were told to worry about their own game. Again the Og's played some great attacking hurling and the defence held their opponents to a limited number of scores to give us our fourth victory of the day

Heading to the warmth of the changing room the Og's thought they had done the hard work and had their hands on the trophy. I even had went to the car to get the tin of Roses to celebrate our victory when the organisers mentioned that our 4 victories had only ensured we had a place in the final against host club Keady. We knew the players were deflated from the ecstasy of thinking they had already won to have to play another game but we tried our best to try and encourage them. We also had several players who had taken knocks over the previous 4 games. The Final was to be played over 2 halves of just 4 minutes and in the first half Keady lead the game by a single pointed score. Early in the second half they added a goal but this kicked started the Ogs into hurling and when Ronan scored a well taken penalty to reduce the gap to a single score the game became a bit scrappy. Unfortunately the Og's could not get the score their heroics throughout the whole tournament deserved and the hosts Keady were declared champions to a large cheers from their passionate support on the sidelines.

Thanks

I would like to thank Phil and the other coaches, supporters, parents etc from Lamh dhearg Keady for the invite to this tournament and their hospitality. The soup and sandwiches were ideal for such awful weather conditions. I would now like to thank our own supporters who again travelled in their numbers on a wet and windy Saturday just before Christmas. Finally the biggest thanks goes to our players who although didn't get their hands on the trophy were clearly the best team on show on the day. As this was the last game of the 2013 season (which started in Bangor in January to Keady in December) I would like to thank all the players for their commitment this year and I wish all those players moving on to U14 level the best of luck in 2014. Special mention to Tiarnan who played in his first blitz today. It's not always that cold and wet!.

Brid OG: Andrea, Brendan, Ciara, Ciaran, Connla, Conor, Diarmaid, Gerard, Joe, Kian, Pearse, Ronan, 

Sean, Shane, Thomas, Tiarnan, Tiorleach.


Nipper Quinn Final

12/10/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

Nipper Quinn B Final

Date:12th October 2013

Venue: Rossa

Brid  Og's U12 hurlers lost in the Nipper Quinn B Final to a strong Lamh dhearg team. The match finished in the cruellest of ways when our opponents scored the winning goal with the last poc of the game to give them a 2:1 to 1:1 victory.

In the first half the Og's played against a strong wind which made clearances from defence quite hard and Lamh dhearg took a half time lead of 1:1 to 0:0. The players were told at half time to be patient and the scores would come. As in the first half both defences were on top and both teams found it hard to get clean possession.

 In the middle of the half we were awarded a free which Ronan put over the bar to reduce Lamh dhearg's lead to a goal. Again the Og's were urged to put the pressure on and we were awarded a penalty when young Niall was fouled in the square. Ronan took the responsibility and despatched the sliotar brilliantly into the back of their net resulting in a loud cheers from the large Brid Og support from the sidelines. The match then became a bit scrappy as the minutes ticked away and although we had a couple of chances to take the lead for the first time our players couldn't convert them to scores. Then it was the agony of Lamh dhearg's last minute winning goal when they managed to pull the sliotar into our net after a couple of goal line clearances. When Connla poced the ball out the referee blew the final whistle and the Lamh dhearg players and supporters started to celebrate their victory.

It must be said that all 16 players who donned the Brid Og top today hurled brilliantly and with a bit of luck in front of goal  we could have been lifting the trophy ourselves. The majority of our players will be able to take part in this competition next year and hopefully they can take some thing out of this defeat today. For those players who are moving on to U14 level I wish them all the best and I would like to thank them for their commitment to our U12 team over the years. I would also like to mention that one of our squad  Sean Murray Lopez unfortunately broke his ankle and was not able to take part in the game. His absence on the pitch was of course a great set back for our team and  all of us at Brid Og hurling hope he has a quick and full recovery.

Congratulations to Lamh dhearg on their victory and thanks to our large support who helped push our players on.

Brid Og Panel: 

Brendan, Ciara, Ciaran, Connla, David, Diarmaid, Gerard, Jack, Joe, Martin, Niall, Oisin, Ronan, 

Shane, Thomas, Tiernach

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