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01/06/2013Posted by Ciaran Grant

U8 Go Games
Date: 01/06/2013
Venue: Woodlands 
Eire Og hosted the latest round of U8 Go Games at Woodlands. The other teams present were St Brigids, Gort Na Mona, McDermotts and Davitts. Unfortunately, Glenavy were unable to attend. In typical Irish weather style, the rain started to fall just as the games commenced and finished at the same time the final whistle blew. Although, everyone was thoroughly wet through by the end, spirits were not dampened as the Ogs again put on an impressive performance. They were too strong for all their opponents, winning all 4 matches and again did not concede a score in any of the games. 
Eire Og’s first opponents were our old friends from St Brigids. Some of the Ogs have played with players from St Brigids at U10 level, but friendships had to be moved to the sidelines as the game began. Eire Og dominated from the start and 2 goals from Sophia and another from Pearse wrapped up a 3-0 win. Conlan dealt with the couple of attacks that St Brigids had, but for the most part was a spectator in goals. This was to become a recurring theme for our goalkeepers today.Zack opened the scoring in the next match against Gort Na Mona. This was added to by a long range strike by Sophia and a couple of goals from Pearse.
As the young Eire Og B team were busy playing a couple of players were borrowed from McDermotts so everyone would get a chance to play. Conditions were deteriorating and no-one wanted to get cold and wet standing on the sidelines. One young McDermette, playing for Eire Og, did her coaches no favours by scoring against them. Pearse struck after this for a 2-0 win. The Ogs dominated possession throughout, but the wides count grew as the game progressed.
With David resembling an ice-cube the final match got underway against Davitts. Again the game was totally dominated by Eire Og, with the play occurring in front of the Davitts goal throughout the match. This time the Ogs were much more accurate, which was unfortunate for a spirited Davitts side. Pearse scored the proverbial ‘bagfull’ and Sophia helped herself to a few goals as Eire Og ran out very comfortable winners. 
Thanks to Tara for co-ordinating todays games, to Darren for assisting and to Gavin for mentoring the young B team. They played two games today, but unfortunately, could not register a win. Also, thanks to the ladies on the tea stall. Warm drinks were definitely required today. Also, our young whistlers – Ciara, Ronan and Andrew deserve credit for refereeing so well today. 
Eire Og: Conlan, David, Pearse, Sophia, Zach, Alannah, Jack, Liam, Matthew, Michael, Peter

S Antrim P4 Go Games

24/05/2013Posted by Gavin Kane

Primary 4/3 Games

Date: 24th May 2014

Venue: Sarsfields

The Brig Og team took part in another week of the Primary 4 games played at host club Sarsfields. It was great to see big numbers again today with enough players for two teams and a few substitutes for each team. The teams were split between primary 4 and primary 3 players.

The primary 4 team faced host club Sarsfields in their first game. Until now these games had been ground based hurling, but the coaches agreed to play the games as full rules, much to the delight of the players. The team hurled brilliantly in their first game and the game started with an early goal from Zack which quickly steadied any nerves. This was followed by scores from Jack, James and Mel who all managed to break through the Sarsfields defence. There was some great defensive play from Donnacha, Darragh, Rory, Niall and Saoirse who continually broke down the Sarsfields forwards. The game ended Brid Og 2-2 - Sarsfields 0-2.

The second game of the day was against St Johns. The players were somewhat apprehensive about this game but with some encouragement from the mentors and parents the team got off to a flyer with an early point. It was great to see the confidence of the players develop during this game against a very skilful opponent and this encouraged our players to make use of their handpassing and short passing skills. Skills which have been the focus of recent training sessions. Brid Og remained in front for most of the game until a quickly taken free enabled St Johns to draw level. The game finished 0-1 to 0-1.

The last game of the day took place on a makeshift pitch where we were to face Davitts. The game was dominated by Brid Og from start to finish and the lifting and passing skills of this young team caught our opponents by surprise. This provided the opportunity to continually rotate players during the game and Brid Og ran out comfortable winners. 

The P3 team at the South Antrim Go Games had another very successful day. The games were all full rules and it was great to see many young Brid Og players picking the ball up and striking the sliotar in the air.

There were 8 children playing for the team and they got off to a flyer in their first match against Sarsfields. Brid Og scored 3 goals early in the first half through Tetchin, Oisin and Liam. After this the game became more of a battle for possession and although the Ogs continued to dominate there was no further score. Adam and James protected Darragh in goals and the Ogs net was never under any serious threat.

The next game was against St Enda’s and as St Enda’s only had 1 team the younger Ogs were facing older opposition. Our opponents only had 7 players, but Joe made my job a lot easier by volunteering to be the substitute. St Enda’s had a couple of players who could lift the ball and they had a number of chances. Tetchin made some good saves but St Enda’s did get some reward when they scored a point. Up until this point St Enda’s had done most of the pressing but Brid Og worked the ball up the field and Joe, who had come on as sub, bundled the ball into the net for the winning score. Maybe Joe had a masterplan to keep himself fresh on the sideline for the later part of the match.

The third and final game was against the 2nd team from St John’s and all 8 players got to play. This was a physical battle with the Ogs and the Johnnies fighting to try and get possession of the sliotar. Chances were few and the game looked like ending scoreless until Liam made a break from midfield. As he neared goal the keeper held him up with good tackling and although he was unable to get the ball across the line, James followed up to strike the sliotar to the net. Liam did manage to get a goal later though when he managed to force the ball over the line after a melee in front of the goals.

So, the P3s followed up their 100% record from the Go Games of two weeks ago with straight wins again.

Thanks to the players for their effort today, thanks to the parents for travelling to the games and for their encouragement and support. Thanks to Kieran for organising the games and Declan and the Sarsfields Club for hosting the games. Also thanks to Colum for helping with the P4 team. Thanks to dads, Niall and Jimmy, on the sidelines for helping to get the P3 subs on and off.

Brid Og Squad: Adam, Darragh, Ethan, James, Joe, Liam, Oisin, Tetchin 

S Antrim P2 Go Games

24/05/2013Posted by Tara Baird

Brid Og fielded 8 enthusiastic players at Grosvenor Playing fields on Saturday. For 2 of them it was their first ever hurling matches - Laura and Patrick. 

First we played St Endas and James and Ronan all enjoyed scoring whilst Emma performed some brilliant saves, helped by Alannah in defence.  We won this match with St Endas scoring 1 goal to our 7.

Next we faced the host side Davitts. We moved all players around with Ronan in goals.mThis was a tougher match and the Ogs showed their tremendous spirit, teamwork and tackling but lost by a goal.

Lastly we played Sarsfields.  This time Patrick was in goals and all 8 players got on at the same time.  Corey and James scored several goals each helped by Ronan and Ruari's fighting spirit at the front which won us another goal.  Laura tackled well and Patrick stayed focused whilst in goals. Alannah and Emma continued to play well tackling and striking the sliotar and helping Patrick in goals.

Well done to all the kids, parents and grandparents who turned up and supported the team.  To Ronan, Ruari, Patrick, Laura, Alannah, James, Corey, and Emma we are very proud of you you all played so well.  Thanks to Davitts for hosting and Kevin and Stephen for helping with the team.

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