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2012 Trip to Laois

03/11/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

Brid Og's Trip to Rosenallis – Laois - November 2012

Brid Og's U12 / U14 hurlers and young Pearse took part in a hurling week-end in County Laois. The host club Rosenallis is from the north of county Laois.

The weekend began at Musgrave were we boarded the bus for the "O'Moore County"

After a quick pit stop outside Dundalk the Og's arrived at Rosenallis for a joint training session with their juvenile hurlers . The players were put through a series of training drills and then they were organised into teams and played a couple of scratch games.


With the fading daylight the players were brought together and given a quick debrief before the bus was boarded for the next stage of our packed itinerary- Bowling and Laser Quest at Roll and Bowl in Portlaoise. After a tour of some of the roundabouts and side streets of Portlaoise we arrived at the venue were the players were separated into age groups with the younger members having a go at the bowling first with our older players trying their luck at Laser Quest. During the two hours the players also managed to get a meal and several games of five a side football.

With the fun and games at "Roll and Bowl" over the players settled down!!! for the drive to our overnight accommodation at
the "Farm Hostel" in the rural Laois countryside. Oliver and John divided the players into groups and they were allocated a room number. Ethan, Peter Henvey and Rory had company from the "Hound of County Laois" which was described as big and scary but all we could find was a small sheepdog pup ! The kids all retired to bed in an organised fashion and went straight to sleep...

Following a continental breakfast (5 rounds of toast each with cereals and juice) the players boarded the coach to bring the players to the " business end of the trip" - the games against Rosenallis. The Og's were split into two teams with the U14's playing a 12-a-side game and the U12's playing on an adjacent pitch. Both teams got to play three x 20 minute games and although it took a while for our players to wake up and play hurling the standard on show from both teams was very high.
Highlights were the goals from Rory, Ronan, Ruairi and young Pearse. There were also some great points scored from distance. There was also some great defensive displays were the skills of hooking and blocking were perfectly executed. It must also me mentioned that Andrew, Ciaran and Thomas volunteered and hurled brilliantly for our hosts.

After the games the teams shook hands and retired to the club house for juice , hot drinks, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits and cups of delicious soup that was appreciated by the parents and mentors as well. Before we left John presented David with a souvenir of our visit and thanked him and the Rosenallis Club for the training session, games and generous hospitality.

On our way home the final treat for the players was a visit to hurley maker Peadar Burke. Peadar demonstrated to the kids all the stages in the manufacture of the caman and most of the kids took the opportunity to purchase a new hurl from this artisan who supplies sticks for the Senior County team and for many players beyond.

After another comfort break outside Dublin the players settled themselves for the long drive to Belfast and the arrival at Harlequin's heralded the end of our first venture into Leinster hurling.

Thanks

I would like to thank Oliver, John and Gerard for organising the weekends activities and both clubs committees for helping with
the expenses for the trip. I would like to give a Big Thank You to David Redmond, the Rosenallis Committee and players
for their hospitality and competitive games and I hope they enjoyed the experience as much as we did. I would also like to thank our driver Malachy, and parents Caroline, Dominic, Mark and Nigel who helped make the weekend such a success and keep the mentors sane. To our hosts Wendy and Martin at the Farm Hostel (a beautiful restored farm house which is now a hostel) who made the overnight stay a warm and welcoming experience. Finally I would like to thank our players who although quite vocal at times behaved in a very respectful manner and were a credit to their clubs. I hope they enjoyed the experience and we hope to repeat these trips during the new season.

Brid Og Squad

Andrew, Brendan, Ciara, Ciaran, Connla, Conor, Diarmaid, Ethan, Ewan, John, Mark, Niall, Oisin, Pearse,

Peter Heaney, Peter Henvey, Phelim, Ronan, Rory, Ruairi Lynch, Ruairi McDonnell, Ryan, Sean, Thomas, & Tom

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Challenge game: Bredagh

25/08/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

Brid Og's U13 hurlers got back to competitive ways, after the summer vacation, with a challenge match against Bredagh at Musgrave Park.

The first half was a very low scoring tight affair and there were a lot of tussles for the sliotar all over the pitch. Unfortunately areas around the goal were very muddy due to the adverse "Summer" weather conditions and this made it difficult for both teams to get clean possession of the sliotar. Peter Henvey in nets however, was in sparkling form and was able to get clean catches to clear his goal line and his puc outs were able to feed our midfield and half forward lines. Brid Og went into the break with a narrow lead of 1-0 to 0-1 with Ethan getting the goal from a free.

The second half our opponents started to raise their game and began to claw back our lead through points from play. As the Og's had a large panel (21 players) the players were rotated from the sidelines but in the last 5-10 minutes there was constant pressure on our back lines of  Connla, Conor, Ciaran, John, Oisin and Phelim and Bredagh got the scores to take the lead and therefore the game.

Our demise in the last 10 minutes highlighted the lack of hurling that the team has had over the last month and therefore we would hope to get all our players back to training on thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. We would also hope to have some challenge games organised for this age group over the next couple of weeks.

Brid Og's U13 Panel:  Andrew  Ben  Brendan  Ciara  Ciaran  Connla  Conor  Darragh  Dylan  Ethan  Eunan  John  Oisin  Peter Heaney  Peter Henvey  Phelim  Reuben  Rory  Ruairi  Sean  Tom

 

U12 League v St Gall's

17/06/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 Division 1 Hurling League  :  Brid Og 5-8 Saint Gall's 3-4  :  Musgrave  :  17th June 2012

Brid Og continued their U12 hurling league campaign with a home fixture against Saint Gall's.

From the throw in Saint Gall's knew they were in for a game as the sliotar was fought for all over the pitch. Ciaran and Tom started to win the "dirty ball" in the middle of the pitch and Ciaran was rewarded for his efforts by scoring a great goal.

Our midfield were also feeding our half and full forward lines and Conor added to the scoring with a second goal for the Og's. In truth the Og's had the majority of the possession and should have had more scores as there were at least five goal line scrambles with the sliotar going narrowly wide.

In the second half the Og's continued their dominance on the field. Connla, Rory and Ruairi, together with Mark, Niall and Sean were protecting Brendan in nets. Peter, Ronan and Conor all got scores from half forward line and Thomas got a goal from full forward. Ciara and Diarmaid also contributed to the teams performance and Andrew was making an nuisance of himself trying to win the sliotar.

At the final whistle Brid Og had recorded a fine victory against a strong Saint Gall's team and again it was pleasing to see the improvement in our players and their willingness to win the sliotar and match the physicality of our opponents.

Well Done Brid Og !

Andrew  Brendan  Ciara  Ciaran  Connla  Conor  Diarmaid  Mark  Niall  Peter  Ronan  Rory  Ruairi  Sean  Thomas & Tom.

 

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