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Runners Up in P3/P4 SW Antrim Championship 2012

20/10/2011Posted by Darren Hamill

P3/P4 SW Antrim Hurling Championship

Venue: Saint Mary's Rasharkin

Date: 20th October 2012

Eire Og's P3/4 hurlers were invited to field a team in SW Antrim Championship. The host club was Saint Mary's Rasharkin and the other clubs competing were Kickhams Creggan, Saint Brigid's and Saint Enda's A and B.

Eire Og v Saint Mary's Rasharkin
The Og's first game was against host club Rasharkin. From the throw in the midfield of Pearce S and Gerard were able to dominate their opponents and tried to feed the forward line of Pearse H and Oran. During the game the Og's got some goals and points mainly from the stick of Gerard and the Og's defence of Conlan and Alex restricted our opponents to one score with our keeper Aodhan having little to worry him.

Eire Og v Saint Enda's A

This was the best game of the day and all the skills of hurling, from striking out of the hand to blocking and hooking were on show. The Og's defence of Alex and Pearse H were under extreme pressure at times but protected our keeper Aodhan brilliantly. Our usual midfield of Pearce S and Gerard were boosted by Conlan and Oran and Zack completed our line out. This match was the most controversial of the tournament when the ref ( who will remain nameless!!!) Judged that the sliotar had been knocked out for a "65" even though Pearse H was screaming that the ball was already wide. With the game at the final whistle scoreless this meant that the game was awarded to Saint Enda's A.


Eire Og v Kickhams Creggan
The Og's third game was against Creggan. Our midfield trio remained the same and Zack and Oran continued in a forward role. Pearce S and Gerard got a lot of possession of the sliotar and Pearce S converted a couple of excellent goals. Pearse H who had started in defence with Alex swapped places with Conlan and he added to our scoring with a well taken long ranged point and the Og's came away with their second victory of the day.

Eire Og v Saint Enda's B
Our fourth match was Saint Enda's B and as they had 9 players it allowed us to play young Liam who had been waiting anxiously on the sidelines for his chance. He was partnered up front by Alex and Zack. Gerard and Pearce S maintained their midfield positions and Conlan helped Oran and Pearse H in defence ahead of our keeper Aodhan. Alex took his opportunity in the forward line by scoring two great goals with both Pearc(s)e's and Gerard also contributing to our tally. At the final whistle the Og's had recorded their third victory of the day.

Eire Og v Saint Brigid's
The Og's were reminded of the importance of this game as we were the only team who could catch the leaders (Saint Enda's). Aodhan took up his regular position between the posts and Pearse H and Oran protected him in defence. Our midfield remain Gerard and Pearce S with Alex and Conlan up front.
This game had a similar pattern to previous Eire Og v Saint Brigid's games with our opponents getting an early 2 goal lead. This kick-started the Og's into playing hurling and they responded with a goal from Pearce S and a well taken point from Pearse H. Although the momentum was now with the Og's some of our players were moving out of position and Saint Brigid's got a third goal in a rare venture into our half. The Og's continued their pressure game until the final whistle but unfortunately they were unable to covert their chances to scores and they suffered their first defeat of the day.

At the end of the five matches the Og's had an excellent record of 3 wins, 1 Draw (65 Rule) and 1 defeat and they were pipped at the post by a very strong and skilful Saint Enda's team. It must be remembered that 4 players Conlan, Pearse, Oran and Zach had already played 3 matches for our U8's at A'Town Leisure Centre and young Pearse H had been in his sick bed for the previous 2 days.

Thanks
I would like to thank Tom McCann not only for letting us field a team in this championship but for all the invites to games this year. I would also like to thank Michael and Rasharkin for hosting the games. Congratulations to Eugene and his Saint Enda's team on their victory today
As usual our players parents and families travelled in great numbers and almost spurned on the Og's to victory. I would also like to thank Ciaran who had his problems getting to the venue and Gavin for mentoring the team straight from our U8 Games at the A'Town Leisure Centre. Finally the largest thanks to our players who again put if a fantastic shift representing Eire Og hurling team.

Well done the Og's
Alex, Aodhan, Conlan, Gerard, Liam, Oran, Pearce S, Pearse H, Zack

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