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N Antrim League

13/02/2016Posted by Ciaran Grant


After last week’s grading group, Brid Óg’s U8s were placed in Division 6 of the N Antrim league. Today they made the long trip to Coleraine to play the games at St Joseph’s College. The start of the half-term break and other factors had reduced the squad from the nine players of last week to just five, which was the minimum number needed.

So, it was decided at the start to allocate a role to each player and stick to that formation as long as it was working. And it worked the whole way through as the Ógs comfortably won all four games, scoring 17 goals and conceding just 2 in the process. They had victories over McQuillans3, Eoghan Ruadh1, Eoghan Rua2 and Naomh Padraig3. All Saints2 had failed to field.

The youngest member of the team, Roisha, was placed in goals and performed very well during the 4 games. She commanded her semi-circle area, blocked and cleared almost everything that came her way and got good length with her poc-outs. In front of her, in defence, was Ciara who put in strong and disciplined throughout. She is turning into quite the defensive rock. Ronan and James were the midfield pairing. Both covered a lot of ground and the majority of goals came from these two. The midfielders were told to strike first-time and from deep positions and this paid off with both boys scoring with some very strong strikes. As is customary in these U8 indoor games, there was a goal from the other end of the hall – last week it was Ronan, but this week it was James, whose long defensive clearance travelled the full length of the pitch and ended up in the opposition net. Up front, Dara hassled and harried the opposing goalkeepers and defenders, which allowed James and Ronan to pick up the ball in midfield. He got just reward by also getting his name on the scoresheet today.

Overall, Brid Óg were easily the strongest team in the group. Eoghan Rua2 defeated Naomh Padraig3 in a play-off to face the Ógs in next week’s final.

Brid Óg squad: Roisha, Ronan, James, Ciara, Dara 


P4/P3 Go Games

28/11/2015Posted by Ciaran Grant

P4/P3 Go Games at Andersonstown Leisure Centre 28th of November 2015

Turning out for Bríd Óg were Rónán, Ríonach, Méabh,Georgia, Patrick and Oisín.

The opposition was provided by St Theresa's , who fielded two teams and Sarsfields.

Méabh was in goals for the first game against Sarsfields ably protected by Georgia and RÍonach in defence.Patrick and Rónán played upfront and Oisín covered the middle helped out by Patrick and Rónán covering back.

Bríd Óg coped with some early pressure , with the girls  blocking and clearing to the wings to keep the opposition out. There was good passing play through the midfield  by Bríd Óg with Patrick and Oisín getting the ball forward.

When the ball got forward to Rónán, he was unstoppable, although the St Theresa's defence tried hard. Shooting from both sides Rónán put five goals into the opposition nets.
This was an outstanding display of forward skills by Rónán but it really topped off a great defensive effort by Georgia , RÍonach and Méabh with Oisín back in support, together with Patrick putting the opposition defence under pressure.

Our second game was against the first St Theresa's team.This would prove to be a tougher challenge.

Ríonach took on the important goalkeeping role.
This was an end to end game with the ball in the net nine times , but only six of those counting, because of forwards illegally going into the goalie's semi circle. The Bríd Óg squad, though , had listened to the coaches' instructions and our forwards rarely got caught in the opposition's semi circle.
Georgia and Méabh again defended , growing in confidence, with each tackling the incoming forwards. These tackles and RÍonach's clearances released the sliotar to midfield  with Oisín putting  pressure on the opposition. This was a good St Theresa's team and they kept attacking. At the other end though, Patrick and Rónán kept gaining and retaining possession with Rónán picking off four goals against two scoring efforts from the other side. This was a very good game and the Bríd Óg team never slackened from start to finish.

Our last game of the morning was against the other St Theresa's team and this resulted in another very competitive game. Oisín volunteered for goalkeeping duties.

Bríd Óg teamwork had improved throughout the morning and was again on show. Rónán covered most of the court. Méabh and Georgia had grown in confidence and now challenged for every ball. Patrick came back to help in defence and drove forward too. Oisín pulled off a great save to stop a certain goal. It seemed like the game might end in a draw when Rónán scored for the tenth time of the morning to give Bríd Óg the lead. Then Ríonach blocked a clearance and drove the ball straight into the opposition goals to make it two nil to Bríd Óg. It was game over but all six players chased every ball, blocked and tackled until the end.

They had played well at this venue last time out but this was an improved and consistent set of performances. Well done to all the players for three great team efforts and to Rónán for a ten goal haul including one spectacular effort.

Liam was also at the venue but wasn't able to play due to illness. Conor was unwell too. We hope they get well soon.

Camogie Blitz

08/11/2015Posted by Kevin Meenan


On Sunday 8th November Eire Og entered two 6 a-side Camogie teams played to take part in a blitz at St John’s. In total 13 girls showed up and this was the first time that the club has fielded two teams at this age group.

The girls all played brilliantly and there were matches against Loc Mor A & B, St John’s and St Pauls. Both teams won all their matches and it was clear to see that some of the girls who have played regularly up an age group at U10, benefited from playing at their own age group. The experience of playing against older girls has made some of our girls much stronger and several Eire Og girls were the strongest players on display. The standard of play and the skill level was very high and it was great to see the girls win so comfortably against strong clubs like St John’s and St Paul’s. This group of players are very talented and if they stay together there is the making of a very strong team. 

A special mention must go to Hannah, Aoife C and Georgia who were representing the club for the first time at Camogie and they certainly didn't look out of place amongst more experienced players.  A word of thanks to all parents who stayed and supported the team and to the coaches Paddy, Stephen & Kevin. 

The number of girls representing the club continues to grow and the future of Camogie at club is very bright as we are now able to field teams at U6/U8/U10.  It is hoped that as more girls join that we will be able to cater for older age groups as well.  There will be more matches in the near future and we would ask that you keep an eye on the newsletter/twitter and Facebook for more details.  We would ask that any members of the club who have daughters (or other relatives/friends) at any age who are interested in playing Camogie or Ladies Football to contact Kevin (mob 0773912499) or Paddy (mob 07841383222).  (Thanks to Paddy & Kevin for the report and attached photo).

Eire Og: Aoife R, Emma, Holly, Eimear, Mia, Laura, Tia-Lee, Aoife C, Hannah, Georgia, Meabh, Roisha, Rionach


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