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All County League

01/06/2013Posted by Darren Hammil

Brid Og's U12 hurlers have now been entered into Div 2 of the Antrim All County League and we have been drawn against Saint Mary's Rasharkin, Pearse's, Tir Na Nog, Saint Paul's, Glenavy, Larne, Sean Stinsons, and Moneyglass. The teams are scheduled to play home and away so it should be a very busy and competitive couple of months.

Our first scheduled game was due to be against Saint Mary's Rasharkin but unfortunately our summer weather resulted in the Musgrave pitch being waterlogged and unplayable. Our next game was due to be against Saint Paul's again at Musgrave but our opponents did not field. Finally the Og's got a competitive game against the Pearse's at their Cricky pitch although 5 of the Og's were required for their U12 team to field. At the end of  game of 30 minutes the U12 Og's had recorded a victory Brid Og 4-9 : Pearse's 1-2. 

Our next game was a home match against Saint Joseph's Glenavy. The match was a very tight affair and the game remain scoreless at half time as both teams seemed to cancel each other out. The Og's started brightly in the second half and Andrew opened the scoring with a well taken point. We were now having the majority of the possession and Jack and Thomas took their opportunity from the subs bench to give the Og's a healthy lead with 2 goals. Cian continued our scoring with the final point of the game and the U12 Brid Og team came away with a 2-2 to 1-0 victory. 

On Saturday 1st June the Og's played Sean Stinson's again at Musgrave. The Og's started the better and our first attack on the Sean Stinson's back-line resulted in a goal when Darragh blocked their keeper and sliotar was deflected into their net. The game, like the Glenavy match, was very tight and would have been an exciting game to watch for the neutral spectator. Every-time we seemed to pull away our opponents seemed to claw us back with some scores of their own. The Og's midfield were using the sliotar and trying to link up with our forward line but in a similar fashion to our U14's against Glenavy our wide count started to mount up and we scrapped across the line with a narrow 4-7 to 5-1 victory, although it was nice to see our forwards and midfield contributing to our scoring on the day.

Our U12 squad have now played 3 and won 3 and hopefully they can continue in a similar fashion during the rest of our league campaign.

Mini Game during Antrim NHL match

31/03/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

Mini game at half-time of Antrim v Offaly NHL match

Date: 31st March 2013

Venue: Casement Park

Brid Og were asked to field a team for a mini game taking place at half-time in the Antrim v Offaly National League hurling match. Our opposition for the game at Antrim's headquarters was Saint Ergnat's Moneyglass, a team we have played on several occasions recently.

As our panel consisted on 13 players we had 2 rolling substitutes as the match was 11 a side. This meant our players positions were constantly getting moved around to give them all the maximum playing time on the pitch.
The Og's started the brighter and Ronan got our first score ( a goal) with a bursting run through the moneyglass defence. Connla and Diarmaid were winning their contests in midfield and they were able to feed the sliotar to our forwards consisting of Andrew, Ciara, Daniel, Oisin, Ronan and Thomas. Joseph was our keeper for the game and he was protected by Cian, Gerard, Jack and Shane.
Our dominance, possibly due to the constant changing of the players positions, did not yield the scores that the players efforts deserved.The Moneyglass goalkeeper was on fine form and saved two pulls from Ciara and Thomas however Thomas did get a goal later in the game, Our scoring was rounded off with a fine point from distance by Cian. When the final whistle blew we had assembled a lead of 2:1 to 0:0 and our brief time on the hallowed Casement turf was over.

Thanks

I would like to thank Ciara, Dominic and Kieran for giving us this opportunity to play at Casement. I would also like to thank Colm and the other Moneyglass mentors for providing our opposition and I hope we can arrange another match in the near future.
Thanks to John and Gavin for helping with the team selections, looking after the players before the game started and taking the photos of the occassion. It was a great privilege to lead this young team out at Casement and it was great to hear the large vocal support from both teams supporters. Finally I hope the players enjoyed playing in front of the large Casement crowd and I would like to thank them for putting on a high standard of hurling. Hopefully this will not be the last time this group of players will perform at Antrim's HQ. This has been the highlight of a great weekend of hurling for the Ogs as our U8's continued their fine form with a victory against Glenavy, our U12's followed this up with a victory against the same opposition and our U10's won the shield in a tournament run by Glenavy as well.

Brid Og Panel: Andrew, Cian, Ciara, Connla, Daniel, Diarmaid, Gerard, Jack, Joseph, Oisin, Ronan, Shane, Thomas

Challenge Match v Glenavy

23/02/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 Hurling challenge match v Saint Joseph's Glenavy
Date: 23rd February 2013
Venue : Glenavy

A young Brid Og team took part in a challenge match against Saint Joseph's Glenavy. On a very cold Saturday afternoon the Og's lined out with Ciara in goals, and Diarmaid, Joseph and Brendan taking defensive duties. Our midfield duo were Sean and Cain with Daniel, Owen and Pearse, who had came straight from the Pat Rice Tournament, making up an inexperienced front line at this age group. From the throw in the Og's defence came under pressure from our larger opponents and although we repelled several of their attacks Saint Joseph' s were able to squeeze the sliotar past Ciara on two seperate occasions. After these early set backs the Og's began to settle and play some good hurling however we were very wasteful in front of the their goal as the Ogs wide count started to mount. Since the Og's forward line was small in stature it was decided at half time to change Ciara and Pearse's positions to give us a presence up front. Brendan, Diarmaid and Joseph who had taken several knocks during the game began to grow in confidence and feed our midfield. The Og's finally got a couple of scores on the board which their second half performance deserved but unfortunately our opponents came away as the victors with the final score being Saint Joseph's 2:3 to Brid Og 0:2. Although the game ended in defeat it was great to field a team outdoors so early in the season even if it was starting to snow near the end of the game.

Brid Og Panel: Brendan, Cain, Ciara, Daniel, Diarmaid, Joseph, Owen, Pearse, Sean

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