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S Antrim P4 Go Games

20/09/2014Posted by Ciaran Grant

P4 Go Games
Venue: St Galls
Date: 20 September 2014
Brid Óg P4s and P3s made the short journey to St Galls for the latest round of Go Games. On a lovely sunny day, matches against Sarsfields, St Galls and Bredagh were scheduled. Unfortunately, due to a mix up over the starting time, Sarsfields failed to field.
The Óg’s first match was against the hosts. St Galls scored a number of points from around the midfield where their two strongest players were. However, Brid Óg stuck with their opponents, closing down the space, tackling ferociously and put in a number of well executed aerial blocks and hooks. They got their reward when Liam goaled from a free and another goal was scrambled over the line as the game ended in a draw.
The next opponents were Bredagh. A couple of Ógs had to leave early so Bredagh lent us one of their players. Again, Bredagh had a couple of strong players who were seeing a lot of the ball, but Brid Óg harried and fought for possession when possible. The Co Down boys built up a lead when they got a couple of goals and points, with Liam getting a goal for Brid Óg. As the game wore on, it looked like defeat was on the cards, but James S scored a goal from a long poc out and near the end Liam goaled again, this time from a free after he was fouled.
There was another great turnout from this group of players again today. There were 10 kids in the P4 squad and another 8 playing for the P3 team. We also had some debutants today with Boutros, Tristan, Martin and Ciaran pulling on the red and blue shirt for the first time today and all performed very well.
Thanks to S Antrim for organising the games today and to St Galls for hosting the matches. Every other time we have played at St Galls seems to have happened during a storm, so it was nice to get a sunny, warm day on this occasion.
Brid Óg P4 squad: Boutros, Ciaran, Donnacha, Dara, James K, James S, Liam, Martin, Oisin, Tristan
P3s - Corey, Joe, Patrick, Ronan, Emma, Mia, Laura, Joe

Friendly v Carryduff

02/09/2014Posted by Gavin Kane


Brid Og v Carryduff

Venue: Musgrave Park

Date: 02nd Sept 2014

Brid Og's P4/5  hurlers welcomed Carryduff to Musgrave Park for a challenge game. It was great to see over 40 children turn out between both teams. With such a large number of players it was agreed to split the teams into a younger and an older age group.

The older team consisted mainly of P5 children. It was initially agreed that the game would be 2 fifteen minute halves. However after the second half it was agreed that another 15 minute session would be played, due to the quality of play on show from both teams.

The Brid Og team got off to a flying start and the Carryduff defences were place under relentless pressure in the opening section of the game. This resulted in 3 goals in quick succession, with David, Zack K and Pearse taking one each. There was some great goal keeping by Eoin who managed to fend of numerous attacks from the Caryduff forwards. This score line placed the team in a strong position at the break. During the break the Carryduff Mentor obviously revised tactics with the team, made a few positional changes and strengthened its defensive lines.

This change initially made it more difficult for our forwards to break through and as a result the teams focus changed from goal scoring to getting the sliotar over the bar. Carryduff scored 2 goals in quick succession which took our players by surprise, the tally could have been much higher had it not been for some great saves by Pearse.  However nerves were quickly settled again when David managed to register another goal. Seeing the danger, Carryduff responded and their forwards breached our defensive line and registered another goal late in this section of the game. Peter, Anna and Zach W played brilliantly in their forward position and did their best to take advantage of any balls which penetrated the Carryduff back lines. Rory and Mel put in great shifts in a range of positions and stayed focused on moving the ball on at all stages of the game and were involved in some great tackles. At the end of the second session the scoreboard read Brid Og 4-2 Carryduff 3-0.

During the break the team were reminded that the game was far from over and that the focus in the last section needed to be on keeping the ball moving and close marking of our opponents. The last session of the game was perhaps the most exciting and saw some great skill displayed by both sides. Carryduff had identified our key movers and were sticking to them very closely, making  scoring more difficult. When Carryduff managed to score another goal James was dropped back into a defensive position and did a fantastic job of clearing his lines and providing a strong defensive line along with Dara, Saoirse and Jack. There was just enough time for Zack K to score another goal before the final whistle. The final score was Brid Og 5-2 Carryduff 4-0.

This was perhaps the best game of the season so far and was played in a clean and fair manner at all times by both sides. It was great to see the team display the skills developed over recent training sessions and a St Johns mentor who watched the team on the side line complimented the team on their performance at the end of the game. It is important to remember that the game is not just about scoring goals or points and that it takes a team to work as a cohesive unit to win a game. It was great to see so many players field tonight and it was great to see Peter and Zach W back on the pitch (welcome back boys you did brilliantly).

Thanks to Peter for bringing the Carryduff team to the game. Thanks to John and Ciaran for helping with the teams and refereeing and also thanks to Darren for releasing me from my refereeing duties after the first session of the game, he undoubtedly did a better job.

Brid Og Team: James, Dara, Eoin, Saoirse, Jack, Zack K, Pearse, Anna, Peter, Zach W, Rory, Mel




SW Antrim P3/P4 Blitz

02/08/2014Posted by Gavin Kane

P4 Blitz

Venue: Tir Na Nog - Randalstown

Date: 02nd Aug 2014

It was the turn of Brid Og's P3/P4  hurlers to get some game time. The game had been switched from Larne, then Ballymena and eventually to Tir Na Nogs indoor facility at Randalstown, due to the weather.

With 7 teams fielding it was necessary to split the pitch into 3 long narrow pitches and play games of 10 minutes with no half time. Due to the number of teams and pitch size restrictions, the games were of a high tempo.

The initial aim was to log the scores but with the scores coming thick and fast it was impossible to track the scores and rotate players. The games were great and gave all of the kids the opportunity to play at this great facility. Pearse was volunteered to play for another team on the day and ended up playing all of his games with Cloughmills. He submitted a transfer request at the end of the day but this was overturned.

Our first game was against Cloughmills and they ran out easy winners. Our second game saw us face another Belfast team, Davitts B Team. The Brid Og team dominated this game from the start and registered many scores including an impressive goal by Zack as he flicked it backwards over his head. Davitts had enough players for 2 teams and the next game involved  a fast flowing game against their A team. Davitts came out on top and registered some impressive scores. A game against Creggan was next on the cards and again the Brid Og team dominated throughout.

The last game of the day involved a very impressive encounter with St Endas. This was a low scoring game as both teams were well matched. That said the St Endas team edged ahead in terms of scoring.   

It was great to see 11 players field at this event. Congratulations to young Emma on her first appearance at these types of games she put in a performance to be proud of. There were also impressive performances from Eoin and Zack in midfield and Jack in forward. James, Joe and Oisin played well in all positions and listened carefully to the guidance of the mentors, as did Saoirse, Corey and Ethan who again put in a great shift in all positions. Pearse played some great games for Cloughmills and put in a great performance against Brid Og (unfortunately).

Thanks to Tom for organising these games and for going that extra mile to make sure that the weather did not prevent play. Thanks to Darren for helping with the team and refereeing. Thanks to the parents for travelling and providing invaluable support. Most of all thanks to the team – well done and keep it up.

Team: Zack, Jack, James, Emma, Joe, Eoin, Oisin, Saoirse, Corey, Ethan, Pearse Cloughmills Hamill

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