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League Match: Round 1

21/04/2012Posted by Mark Hamill

Pearses -v- Brid Og

U13 Hurling Blitz

01/04/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

Venue: Saint Joseph's Glenavy

Our U13 hurlers together with St Brid's were invited to an U13 blitz at Saint Joseph's Glenavy under the combined name of "Brid Og". There were a total of 8 competing teams from South Antrim, South West Antrim and County Down.

Brid Og were placed in Group A with the hosts "B" team, Saint Mary's Rasharkin and County Down outfit Ballyvarley. The winners of Group A would play the victors of Group B in the Cup final with the runners up in both groups contesting for the Shield.

Brid Og v Rasharkin

Brid Ogs first match was against Rasharkin. This was a very tight affair and the 15 minute match seemed to pass very quickly. Both defences seemed to be on top in this game but some quick thinking between Ethan and Phelim resulted in the winning score as the Og's winning margin was a single point.

With the Og's now on a rest between games this give the mentors John and Oliver an opportunity to check out the other teams in the group. Ballyvarley were clear winners and a couple of their players stood out from the rest of them.

Brid Og v Ballyvarley

Before the start of the second match the players were told the importance of "Man Marking" and some great performances from Mark, Ryan, Tom and John in defence kept the scoring down. Brid Og's scored some great points but the decisive score of the match was the goal scored by Rory.

Brid Og v Saint Joseph's Glenavy B

Our final group game was against the hosts "B" team and all the players were told the importance of winning this game. The mentors also changed the starting line up quite a bit to give all the players present some game time. The Og's came away easy victors with some great scores from our forward lines and midfield.

Brid Og had now topped their group and waited to see who their opposition from Group B would be in the Cup final. Tir Na Nog proved to be the best team in this group that included the hosts "A" team as well as Lamh dhearg and Gort Na Mona.

Brid Og v Tir Na Nog FINAL !

Unfortunately Tir Na Nog could only field 10 players instead of the usual 11 and therefore we had a reduced forward line. The final was a very tight affair and again the defences seemed to be on top. Everyone in the Brid Og team played their best but unfortunately the Og's lost not on scores but on the "65" rule. I must admit this was hard to take on the side line so I don't know how it felt for the players who give everything on the pitch. All I can say to all the players is they did their clubs proud in this tournament and Tir Na Nog were relieved victors at the final whistle.

Again the Og's were bridesmaids but hopefully soon we can come home with the main prize. I also think that this blitz as well as the challenge match against All Saints Ballymena will help the team with their imminent league and Feile fixtures.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gavin for inviting our team to this blitz. Also a large thanks to Saint Joseph's for supplying the team with teas/ coffees and sandwiches between the games. In the end it was a successful day for the hosts as their "A" team won the shield.

 

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