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County Down indoor hurling games

10/02/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 County Down indoor hurling games
Venue: Eddie Irvine Centre Bangor
Date: 10th February 2013.

Brid Og were able to field two hurling teams in the second weekend of U12 County Down games. After a confusing start the A team were able to fit in games against Rossa, Balygalget, Castlewellan and Saint Gall's in the allotted time. Unfortunately our game against Gort Na Mona was cancelled. Our B team played a warm up match against Saint Gall's A before being paired with Gort B, Ballycran and Saint John's. Our A team started brightly against Rossa but unfortunately our opponents took the victory. Our second game was against a strong physical Ballyalget side who got some great scores although at times we made it easy for them by not pressurising the player in possession of the sliotar. Our third game was against Castlewellan and for the neutral spectator this must have been a great game to watch. Neither side were able to dominant the game and the final result was 3-3 although the Castlewellan side might feel aggrieved as their goal keeper scored from a poc out which fortunately for us did not count. The teams final game was against Saint Gall's. Diarmaid who had not been feeling well during the games had to retire and we were reduced to 5 players. Our numbers were however boosted by a St Gall's player. Our opponents again had a strong midfielder who was able to push through our tackles and get multiple scores but the Og's kept battling away and got some scores of their own however our opponents came away easy victors. Our B team faired a bit better with a victory against Gort and narrow defeats to Ballycran and St John's.

Thanks
Although the Og's had tough opponents on the day I hope they all enjoyed their games. I would also like to thank Frank for taking our B team and finally thanks to our parents for travelling to the venue and their continued support from the side lines.

Brid Og A Panel
Andrew, Cian, Daniel, Diarmaid, Ronan A and Thomas
Brid Og B Panel
Ciara, Jack, Joseph, Luke, Pearce S and Pearse H

North Antrim Indoor League

26/01/2013Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 North Antrim Indoor League

Date: 26th January 2013
Venue: Saint Joseph's College Coleraine

Brid Og's reward for their heroics in the preliminary round was Division 2 Grading in the North Antrim League. This meant that the Og's were drawn against teams of the highest pedigree in Ulster hurling, Bredagh, Eoghan Rua, Loughile Shamrocks, Saint Enda's and Rossa. Unfortunately Ruairi Og's could not field and the original group of seven teams was reduced to six. I would like to mention that young Ronan Crossen was unable to participate in these games as he had broken his ankle the previous weekend and we all hope he gets well soon.

The Og's got off to a flier in their first game against Rossa, with a 2-1 victory although the margin of victory should have been much greater. After a short break the Og's next opponents were North Antrim side Loughguile Shamrock's. The Og's began well but our opponents started to dominant the midfield and created the majority of the chances. The sustained pressure around our goal resulted in several goals and the Shramrock's came away easy victors even though we did get a couple of consolation goals. Our third game against Bredagh,continued in a similar manner with our opponents playing the better hurling and they scored some excellent goals for their victory. John and Oliver broughtthe players together into a huddle and reminded how well they had played the previous week stressed the need to close down the space and be first to the ball. In their next game against Saint Enda's the Og's began to play good hurling and got an early lead and were unlucky not to doubled their lead when the sliotar came off the upright. Unfortunately this escape woke up our opponents and they got a couple of quick goals and ultimately the victory by the narrowest of margins. Our final game was against the host club Eoghan Rua Coleraine. This was another tense and exciting game with the sliotar movements resembling a pin ball game. Our opponents got an early 2 goal lead but the Og's fought back to reduce the deficit to the minimum but again the game ended with us being at the wrong end of a 2-1 score line. After all the games were completed Bredagh and Loughguile progressed to the final. Good luck to both teams. Although the Og's record on the day shows 1 Win and 4 losses it could easily have shown another 2 victories. It must also be mentioned that the team playing yesterday were very young and the majority of them will be able to have another crack at this league next year.

Thanks
I would like to thank Owen and the North Antrim Board for organising the games and Coleraine for hosting. As usual our parental support was large and vocal and I am sure this helped the players during the tight games. Finally a large thank you to the players who over the two week-end of games have enhanced the name of Brid Og hurling. Roll on 2014!!!.

Brid Og Panel
Andrew, Brendan, Ciara, Connla, David, Diarmaid, Joseph, Sean, Thomas

U11 Indoor Hurling Games

01/12/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

U11 Indoor Hurling Games
Venue: Andersonstown Leisure Centre
Date:24th November 2012 and 1st December 2012

Brid Og's U11 hurlers took part in two weekends of indoor hurling in Andersonstown Leisure Centre. The games were organised by Kieran Megraw.

During the first weekend the Og's numbers were great and our games were against the Pearse's, Saint Agnes and Saint Gall's. Unfortunately the Og's were a bit rusty on the day and there were competitive games but narrow defeats against the Pearse's and Saint Gall's and a victory against St Agnes.

Due to the large numbers the previous week two Brid Og teams were entered and we were scheduled to play 7 games in total. The Og's games were against Lamh dhearg, Saint Joseph's Glenavy, Sarsfield's, Larne, Pearse's, Saint Agnes and Saint Gall's. The Og's recorded an amazing tally of six wins and 1 draw against a very fast and skilful Larne side and we were the highest scorers on the day scoring 5 and 6 goals in a couple of the games. It was also good to see that the team was able to get revenge for the defeats from the previous week.

Unfortunately Ciara who was suffering from a chest infection all week was unable to continue after the first match. This was unfortunate as she had put a lot of pressure on the Lamh dhearg defence and keeper and executed a perfect frontal block on the keeper poc out.
Over the seven games our number of players were limited due to transfer tests etc and we were scheduled to play three games without a break. The mentors tried to freshen up the players and constantly changed their positions. Most of our players got on the score sheet including debut goals at this level for Niall, Pearse and Shane. There were some excellent performances from our experienced players Connla, Conor, David, Diarmaid and Ronan who fought for every ball.
Our two youngest players Niall D and Pearse both played brilliantly in nets and I must mention that at times I could hardly look when young Pearse was competing against players nearly twice his size. For the neutral spectator the game against Saint Gall's was probably the most entertaining as both teams refused to give an inch and it was great to see our players raise their game to come away with a well earned victory.

Thanks
I would like to thank Kieran Megraw for the invite us and organising these indoor games. Thanks also to our players parents and family for their vocal support and finally a big thank you to our players who kept going during all the games

Well done Brid Og

Brid Og squad
Ciara, Connla, Conor, David, Diarmaid, Niall, Niall D, Pearse, Ronan, Shane.
Previous weekend
Andrew, Darragh, Jack, Joseph, Thomas

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