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Armagh Cuchullianns Annual Tournament

04/10/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 Armagh Cuchullianns Annual Tournament
Venue: Pearse Og Armagh
Date: 4th October 2014

Brid Og got a very late invite to an U12 tournament organised by Armagh Cuchullianns and gratefully accepted the offer. There was an Ulster Championship feel to the Tournament as competing  were 5 teams from Antrim, Armagh, Derry and Tyrone with each team playing each other before being graded for the Cup and Shield Competition.

Our first game was against Dungiven side Kevin Lynchs on the second pitch and the Og's got off to a flier with several goals scored in the first half as the Lynchs defended the large goals however in the second half the Lynchs got some scores themselves but the Og's edged out a well earned victory against the County Derry Side.

Our Second game was against the hosts Cuchullianns and this was an exciting game with both teams having the lead but the Og's dug out a great victory when a very late goal give us a 2 point victory.

Our next opponent was a classy Eoghan Ruadh side from Dungannon. This side have gone on an incredible run and have already won 6 notable tournaments already this year. Our task was made harder when Sean was unable to play as he took an knock in the previous game and Shane took a knock to the wrist in this game. Several personal changes were made to the team but unfortunately our opponents came away with a victory

Our final game was against Sean Treacys Lurgan a team who had previously travelled to Musgrave for a challenge game. The game itself was close but the Og's got their third victory on the day.

With 3 Wins and 1 loss the Og's were graded in the Cup competition which was a credit to their performances against such quality opposition. As the number of team competing was odd Eoghan Ruadh got a bye straight into the Cup Final with the Og's and our hosts competing for the other Final space. Sean Treacys and Kevin Lynchs would meet in the shield final.

Our Semi final against Cuchullainns was very similar to the previous game between the two sides. Thankfully both Shane and Sean had recovered from their knocks and we were able to revert to our original starting 13. At the end of the first half we were behind by a point and the players were encouraged to get tighter to their opponents and the place in the final would be ours. The Og's did in turn start the second half brighter and got an equalising point score. At this time we hoped to push on for the victory but unfortunately we found a full back and goalkeeper in scintillating form although at times we should have went for points instead of goals. This give our opponents confidence in the game and they got a goal followed by a point to take the victory 1:2 to 0:1 and the Og's were eliminated from the competition. In the Shield Final there was a narrow victory for Sean Treacys and Eoghan Ruadh retained the Cup for another year after a one point victory against Cuchullianns who had been leading the majority of the game.

Thanks
I would like to thank Eugene for the invite to this quality tournament which provided hurling at the highest level. Thanks also for the drinks and food for parents, mentors and players. Thanks to our players parents who again travelled at such short notice and give up their Saturday to help promote our hurling team. Finally well done to our hurlers who competed against and beat some of the best hurling teams in Ulster

Brid Og Panel: Brendan, Connla, Diarmaid, Dylan, Fintan, Gerard, Jack, Joe, JP, Luke,
Niall, Paudraig, Pearse, Sean, Shane, Toirealach

Challenge Match v Sean Stinsons

01/10/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 Challenge game v Sean Stinsons
Venue: Ahoghill
Date: 1st October 2014

Our U12 hurlers were invited to play a challenge game against Sean Stinsons and for many of the players it was their first time playing under the floodlights.

The game itself was a very tight affair as both teams were able to field 14 players on a shortened pitch. The scores were hard to come by for both teams but our hosts took the honours on a score line of 1:6 to 1:4 with Andrew getting the major and Shane and Sean getting the points.

Thanks
Thanks to Dessie for the invite and we wish him luck in his forthcoming championship game. Thanks to our players parents for again travelling in great numbers and braving a chilly evening. Finally well done to our hurlers who competed against a very skilful hurling team and I hope they enjoyed the game under the lights even though some of them were complaining about the cool evening!

Brid Og Squad: Andrew, Brendan, Brian, Chris, Ciara, Daire, Dylan, Fintan, Joe, JP, Pearse, Sean, Shane, Thomas

Nipper Quinn Semi-final

13/09/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

Nipper Quinn Semi Final v Rossa
Venue: Rossa
Date: 13th September 2014

At last the Og's championship day had arrived with a semi- final appearance against Rossa in the Nipper Quinn A.

The Og's came into the game in a confident mood after great displays in the previous weeks against Ruairi Og's, Portaferry and Carryduff. Unfortunately for the first 15 minutes of the game we were second to the ball and Rossa got several scores. Finally late in the first half we had several chances around the Rossa goal including hitting the post but we couldn't get the sliotar over the line.

The players were reminded at half time that they had hurled better during the year and they needed to get closer to their opponents. There was also a couple of personnel changes and right from the throw the Og's had upped their game with Andrew getting a goal in the early minutes of the game. The Og's were now a different team and another 2 major scores from the stick of Sean, who was now playing in a more advanced position, brought us to within 2 scores of the Rossa but unfortunately our opponents got several late scores to book their place in the final.

Thanks
I would like to thank both Johns, Gerard and Oliver for their help with the U12s during the year. Thanks to our players parents and family for their support not only today but travelling to venues all over Ulster and beyond this season. Finally well done to the 23 players who fielded today. For some of them I wish them the best of luck as they move on to U14s next year but for some of the players they will have several more attempts to get their hands on the Nipper Quinn Shield.

The season for the U12s started in the Eddie Irvine Centre in January and the North Antrim Leagues. This year we fielded 2 teams and were the only team in the competition to have a team graded in Div 1 and Div 2.

Before the league started there were challenge games against Naomh Moninne from Dundalk, Lavey and Na Magha in a County Derry blitz, Ballycastle which included an invite to the Antrim v Westmeath game, a North Antrim blitz at Cushendun , an Ulster blitz in magherafelt and a challenge game in monsoon conditions against Creggan. Our league campaign was excellent were we could have been crowded champions with any type of win against Rossa. Highlights of the campaign included a victory against St Johns and a great performance St Galls only losing by a point.

In preparation for today's championship we had challenge games against Sean Treacys Lurgan, County Down sides Ballyvarley,Bredagh, Carryduff and Portaferry and a trip into the glens to play Ruairi Og's. During all these games including today the players have shown their ability to play excellent hurling and I am sure I speak for all the coaching staff when I say how proud I am of the players during this season. Hopefully we can finish of the year with several other challenge games.

Brid Og Panel: Andrew, Brendan, Brian, Chris, Connla, Daire, Diarmaid, Dylan, Fintan, Gerard, Jack, Joe, JP, Luke

Martin, Niall, Oisin, Paudraig, Pearse, Ronan, Sean, Shane, Toirealach

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