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N Antrim Blitz

28/07/2013Posted by Gavin Kane


Event: P3/P4 Hurling Blitz

Venue: Cushendun

Date: 28/07/13

Eire Og hurlers were invited to another week of the Antrim P3/P4 blitz. This provided the team with the opportunity to compete with some of the most renowned clubs in the County, but this did not deter the young team with 4 solid wins out of 4.

The first game was against the host club Cushendun. At this stage only 8 players were present and with a few Cushendun players facing the prospect of standing on the side line, 2 of their players agreed to don the Ogs jersey. Young Charlie who plays for both Eire Og and Cushendun was one of these players and during the course of the game he managed to score a goal against Cushendun (with Charlie’s family caravan in the Cushendun Caravan Park a hike in site fees might be applied to make up for this). Charlie’s goal was set up by a great puck out by Conlan and this was closely followed by a great goal from Pearse from a sideline cut. The first game finished Cushendun 0-1 Eire Og 0-2.

Our numbers were bolstered for the second game by the arrival of a few players. In this game we faced Ballycastle. The scoring came fast and furious in this game with a great combination of points and goals and it was great to see the skill of the players as they placed the ball with precision, both in the goal and over the bar. Pearse got on the score sheet again with a goal and Niall scored 2 goals in quick succession. At this point Ballycastle fought back and scored a goal. The Eire Og team reacted quickly with Zack scoring 4 points in quick succession. Niall added to his score with 2 points and a further goal.

With 2 wins out of 2 the Ogs were encouraged by their Mentors to aim for a clean sheet. They did not disappoint with comfortable wins in the last 2 games.

The third game was against Glenravel and this proved to be a very physical and hard fought game. Sophia opened the scoring with a great goal from an awkward angle. During the remaining game time Niall added to the score with a point, Sophia added a further goal and Pearse further bolstered the scoring with a goal.  

The final game was against Loughiel, a club which has taken part in many All Ireland club finals at senior level. The players were not daunted by this and they quickly showed their skills and ability with a quick succession of scores, which saw young Darragh getting on the score sheet with a skilful flick into the back of the goal. Niall and Pearse also grabbed 2 goals each with Sophia also scoring a goal.

It is important to mention that all of the players played to the best of their ability today. Some of those who did not get on the scoresheet worked tirelessly to support their team members and were vital contributors  to the success of the team. These included great performances by Conlan, who selflessly agreed to remain in defence for the most of the games. Young Jack, Ruairi and Alannah worked hard throughout the games and provided excellent support in all positions.

This was a fantastic day for this young team and their performance impressed the mentors, parents and other clubs .

Thank you to the organisers for inviting Eire Og to this event. Thanks to Darren, Tara and John for helping with the team and also to the parents who travelled to this event.

Eire Og Team: Pearse, Zack, Niall, Sophia, Darragh, Ruairi, Conlan, Alannah, Jack, Charlie (for one game anyway)


N Antrim Blitz

30/06/2013Posted by Ciaran Grant

North Antrim Blitz
Date: 30th June 2013
Venue: Cushendall
After defeating all-comers in Belfast and Co Down in recent months, the U8s travelled up the country to face their stiffest test yet as they took part in the North Antrim blitz at Pairc Mhuire, Cushendall.
The first game was against the B team of the hosts, Ruairi Og. Pearse opened the scoring with a point right at the start and later added two goals. Cushendall could only muster one goal in reply, so Eire Og came away with the victory.
The next match was against Loughgeil. The Loughgeil goalkeeper turned out to be the hero for his team. They won the game 2-1 to 1-0, but the keeper made two excellent saves to prevent Eire Og grabbing a win. Pearse again scored the Eire Og goal.
Glenariffe started quickly in the next game and scored a point from their first attack. That proved to be the only score of the game as both defences were on top form for the rest of the game. Sophia put in an excellent performance at the heart of the Eire Og defence.
A high scoring draw followed against St Enda’s. The Ogs fell behind early on, but goals from Pearse and David and an excellent point from Sophia put Eire Og ahead. St Enda’s came back to take the lead, but a Pearse point tied the game.
The second team from Dunloy were the next opponents and Eire Og were on top from the throw in. Pearse gained a lot possession during the match and scored the 2 goals and 2 points that Eire Og got in the match. The Ogs defence once again excelled as they held their opponents scoreless.
The final match was against the second team from Glenariffe. As they had quite a few younger players, Pearse was placed in goals and Conlan had to stay on the sideline. This game began to turn into the ‘Sophia Show’ as she was sharp from the offset and scored 2-1. This allowed her to entertain those on the sidelines by performing her ‘dead fish’ celebration. Charlie added another goal with a strong long range strike. Glenariffe did manage to get a consolation goal right at the end, after being previously thwarted by Pearse on a couple of occasions.
Even though the U8s lost for the first time since February it was great to see them go to North Antrim and compete with the best hurling teams Ulster has to offer. The skill from some young hurlers on the different teams today was very impressive and Eire Og did not look out of place in such company. In fact, coming away with 3 wins, a draw and a couple of narrow defeats from their 6 games was a splendid effort. They competed marvellously throughout and deserve tremendous credit as they now know they can go to places like Cushendall and be a match for any team they meet.
Thanks to Declan and Emmet for organising the blitz and inviting us to it. Although there was a bit of travelling to these games, it was fantastic to see 10 Eire Og players attending today, so thanks to all the parents for their efforts and for their support from the sidelines. Also, thanks to Nuala for providing the kids and adults with bacon and sausages – hardly the food of champion athletes, but it was well-received on a blustery, damp day.
Eire Og: Alannah, Charlie, Conlan, David, Liam, Matthew, Pearse, Peter, Sophia, Zack W

Go Games

22/06/2013Posted by Ciaran Grant

U8 Hurling Go Games

Venue: Grosvenor Rd Recreation Centre

Date: 22nd June 2013 

Eire Og U8 hurlers played in another round of Go Games. Again they emerged with a 100% record and again they did not concede a score in any of their matches.  

The first match was against Gort Na Mona. From the start Eire Og had the majority of possession and recorded a 2-0 win, with Jack D getting both of the goals. Zack K scored a hat-trick in the next game, against McDermotts. Pearse added a long range goal and Peter added another goal from a good strike as the Ogs ran out comfortable winners. Against Glenavy, Eire Og dominated the game and created many chances. But, Glenavy’s strongest player was their goalkeeper and he made numerous saves and blocks from Liam, Jack D, Zack K and Pearse. However, he couldn’t stop one shot from Zack K, which was the only score of the match. After a rest to allow other teams to play, Eire Og finished off with a match against Davitts. The break did not seem help Eire Og as they made a sluggish start. But, they got into their stride and it was Pearse’s turn to score a hat-trick. David also got on the scoresheet as Eire Og recorded 4 wins in 4 games. 

The second team had things a little more difficult, but still put in credible performances, often against bigger opponents. They lost by the only goal of the game to Gort Na Mona. However, Gort had an extra player for the whole of the match. They followed this with a draw against McDermotts. Again, the break did not help the Ogs as they went down to defeat against Davitts in the final game. Finally, a special mention for Jack M and Elena who were making their Eire Og debuts today. 

Eire Og: Alannah, Conlan, David, Elena, Liam, Luke, Jack D, Jack M, Pearse, Peter, Zach K, Zach W 

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