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29/04/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

Saint John's 3-12   Brid Og 0-0

Brid Og were given an introduction to Division 1 hurling by an excellent St John's team who hurled extremely well even with the blustery conditions that the teams faced. With the wind Brid Og started well and it took a while for Saint John's to get their first score but in the second half the Johnnies pulled away with some long ranged wind assisted strikes of the sliotar.

Although beaten on the day there were some great performances by our players but we were up against a clinical Saint John's team who will probably be the strongest team we will face at this level during the year. Therefore I believe with a lot of hard work and extra practice away from training, as well as some inner belief from our players, we will have more triumphant sunday's like last week compared to the disappointment felt today. Remember we showed that we have the skills in the Sarsfields match and all we have to do is increase our intensity and work rate.

Brid Og:  Andrew, Brendan, Cain, Ciara, Connla, Conor, Diarmaid, Dylan, Eunan, Mark, Oisin, Peter Heaney, Peter Henvey, Ronan Boyle, Ronan Crossen, Rory, Ruairi, Sean, Thomas, Tom

 

Brid Og v Sarsfields

22/04/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 Division 1 Hurling League  :  Venue: Musgrave Park  :  Date: 22nd April 2012

Brid Og 10-9 Sarsfield's 1-5

Brid Og got off to a flier in our first game of the U12 league campaign. Our opponents were Sarsfields and we scored an incredible 10 goals and 9 points. This was probably the best performance that I have personally witnessed by the team and is testament to the hard work that the players have put in during the winter under the supervision of John, Oliver and Sean Hawes.

Brid Og started brilliantly with Tom, Ronan Crossan, Sean and Peter Henvey swarming like bees to get possession of the sliotar and they quickly getting control of the middle of the field. They were able to feed the forward line of Conor, Ciara, Eunan and Cain and this resulted in a couple of early goals and points that settled the team done.

Peter Heaney, Ronan Boyle, Mark and Rory were doing an excellent job in defence and they were clearing their lines with ease. It was great to see the amount of clean catches of the sliotar from these players and this made their job a lot easier. When Sarsfield's did get in on our goal they found Brendan in excellent form in nets and he pulled off a "World Class" save which received applause not only from the Brid Og section but also the Sarsfield support as well.

John and Oliver brought on the changes with Diarmaid, Reuben, Andrew and Dylan being introduced. Sarsfields give the Og's a wake up call when they scored a goal just after half time and the players were reminded of the jobs they have to do. Again Brid Og began to dominate the match and it was great to see our young players Andrew,Conor, Dylan,  Reuben, Sean and Ronan C scoring some great goals and points aided by our more experienced players Tom and the 2 Peters and Mark. Rory also mentioned to me about this great goal he scored from a free ( very modest of you Rory). Our young backs Diarmaid, Ronan B as well as Ciara , Cian and Eunan all contributed to our great victory on the day.

At the final whistle Brid Og were very comfortable winners. Mentors John and Oliver congratulated the players on their performances and highlighted their improvements and willingness to try and catch the sliotar and lift the ball at pace. I would also like to mention that for many on the panel this was their second competitive game(s) over the weekend. Again the players were motivated from the large Brid Og support from the sidelines and hopefully this is the start of a winning run for the Og's. On a personal note as an ex Sarsfield player I would like to congratulate young Finn who played full forward for Sarsfield's during the match. He served his team brilliantly against much larger opposition!

Brid Og's:  Andrew, Brendan, Cain, Ciara, Conor, Diarmaid, Dylan, Eunan, Mark, Peter Heaney, Peter Henley, Reuben, Ronan Boyle, Ronan Crossen, Sean, Tom

 

U12 and U14 Creggans

14/04/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

Brid Og's U12 and U14 Challenge games against Creggan Kickhams.

Due to their  imminent league campaigns we hoped to get challenge matches for our U12 and U14 teams and our old sparring partners Creggan Kickhams duly obliged.

Unfortunately our U14 team was low in numbers due to the Easter Holiday and some of our older more experienced U12 players got a run out in our U14 team.

Both teams were to play on adjacent pitches. The U12s were to play on Creggan's 3G pitch whilst the U14's got to play on the training and match pitches. John and Oliver took control of the U14's and Frank, Gerard and Darren looked after the U12's.

The U12's numbers were boosted with some "new recruits" at this level. Cian, Oisin, Reuben, Ronan and Ruairi were thrown in at the deep end and occupied full, half back and half forward positions. Brendan took up his regular berth in nets and Diarmaid was in front off him at full back. Our midfield dynamos were Sean and Ciaran and Dylan and Ciaran took up the final positions at full forward.

The first half was a very tight affair as both teams jostled for supremacy and our players found it hard to get used to the 3G surface. Sean and Ciaran were getting crowded out by two or three players as Creggan tried to get control of midfield and Creggan finally opened the scoring with a goal and continued the scoring with a couple of unanswered points. Brid Og had some chances of their own but went in scoreless at half-time.

The players were told at half-time that all they had to do was get the basics right and they would get back into the game. They also had the advantage off now playing with the wind. Another point in our favour was the referee was changed for the second half as Damien from Creggan became the " man in the middle". My time there was summed up by Carla after the match "Darren you were a rubbish referee. You give them everything!!!" and I was just trying to be impartial !

With the wind advantage it was now essential to start moving the ball when we got possession. Our players were told to strike the ball at every opportunity as there was no point carrying the ball and this seemed to have dividends when Sean pointed our first score from distance.

This raised our game and we hit a purple patch with our midfield now becoming dominate. Both midfielders got goals and our score sheet was further increased with points including a free from distance coolly put over the bar by Sean. Creggan's keeper was now the busier and we had a couple of chances cleared off their goal line.

Creggan also had their chances in the second half and got some great points but our Goalkeeper and back lines seemed to get confidence from what was happening in front of them. At the final whistle both teams shook hands in the knowledge that they had contributed to a great spectacle of hurling.

I would like to mention the contribution of our "new recruits" who performed brilliantly and will be a welcome addition to the U12 line up this season.

After the match we moved across to the adjacent pitch only to see some of our players donning the Creggan shirt. I thought maybe a mutiny had happened at half-time but due to our and Creggan's player numbers it seemed it would suit better it we mixed and matched both teams. The match was then moved to the larger match pitch to accommodate a Camogie match.

I would now like to thank both Joe and Damien for setting up these matches at short notice. I personally think these games will be good preparation for the league campaigns which lie ahead. I would also like to thank them for the drinks / snacks supplied to players / parents after the match and we hope to continue this competitive relationships between the clubs in the new future.

Thanks again to the players parents for travelling to the venue and their loud and vocal support from the side lines. I am sure this raises our players performances. Finally I would personally like to thank Brendan and Sean for finding young Pearse's hurl and Gerard for returning it. Obviously Pearse thought the safest place to leave his stick wasn't our car boot but Creggan's pitch.

We are now coming into a very busy time for our teams and we will be in touch soon about our league campaigns. It is now essential that our players get as much practice as possible as with every strike of the sliotar there will be improvement.

Brid Og's U12 Panel:  Brendan, Cian, Ciara, Ciaran, Diarmaid, Dylan, Oisin, Reuban, Ronan, Ruairi and Sean

Brid Og's U14 Panel:   Conor E, Conor G, Ethan, Ewan, Gareth, Mark, Peter, Phelim, Ronan, Rory, Ruairi and Tom

 

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