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U12 Hurlers Trip to Croke Park

09/07/2013Posted by Ciaran Grant

Eire Og’s U12 hurlers were invited to the Croke Park Activity Day, on Tuesday 9th July, to play in a mini-blitz on the famous pitch. An early start was required as the players, mentors and the Eire Og entourage, made up of parents, grand-parents, brothers, sisters and aunties, met up at Harlequins RFC to travel down to Dublin with the footballers of St Brigids, who were playing in a mini-blitz.
 
After arrival at Croke Park the team was registered and after a interlude to get some refreshments and a quick look around the stadium the players went up to the Cusack stand to watch the Gaelic football matches. Then the players were assembled and led down to the dressing rooms below the stand and through the Cusack tunnel and onto the pitch.
The matches were about to begin and Eire Og were scheduled to play 2 games. The first match was against Latharna Og. After a cagey opening exchange, Jack settled the Eire Og nerves with the first of his two points in the match. After this initial score the young Ogs got on top of the young Larne players and took control of the game. Ronan got a goal and there were some marvellous long range points from Andrew and Ronan. The defence of David, Gerard and Diarmaid coped with whatever Latharna Og threw at them, gathering the ball and clearing on many occasions. When the final whistle blew the final score was Eire Og 1-5, Latharna Og 0-0.
 
Eire Og were due to have a break, but the remaining fixtures were swapped around so the kids were straight back on to play Glenshesk. In the searing heat, playing two matches with only a quick stop to get a drink was concerning and concerns grew when the size of the Glenshesk team was seen. They were a very big and strong-looking team, with one colossus in particular taking up position at full-back. Glenshesk got the better of the opening exchanges and scored a goal. A long range shot was blocked by Brendan in nets, but the ball was recycled and from this second chance the ball found the net. Eire Og battled well and scored a point from distance. However, Glenshesk responded with 2 points in quick succession. Eire Og were tiring through their exertions in the hot conditions. Just at it seemed the Ogs challenge was melting away, Connla got a goal with the help of a deflection to revive the Eire Og players and put them right back in the game. Kian began to come out from the forward to try and get the ball as Eire Og searched for an equaliser, which duly came from the hurl of Ronan. There was still time for more drama as right at the death good pressure from Aodhan and Alex resulted in the Glenshesk goalkeeper losing possession outside the goals. In the ensuing scramble the sliotar inched towards the goal-line, but no-one could get the touch needed to force the ball into the goal. Soon after the whistle blew with the teams level.
 
With Eire Ogs two games completed, tired players trooped off the pitch. They can be very proud of their efforts. In order to be as fair as possible to all players, it had been decided to allow players who had not previously experienced playing at Croke Park to be given preference for this year’s trip. Consequently, many of the familiar U12 players were not involved today and there were three U10s playing. Aodhan and Alex were playing their first match at U12 level (not a bad place to make your U12 debut). So overall coming away with a win and a draw was very impressive. Playing in such inspiring surroundings, every Eire Og player played very well. They also were sporting throughout and represented their club splendidly during their matches.
 
After the games the players were taken on a tour. Up they went to the very top rows of the Cusack stand to learn some history and facts about Croke Park. A video followed showing how the get Croke Park ready for 82,467 fans on All-Ireland Sunday. All that was left was the journey home with a stop for a well-deserved burger on the way.
 
Eire Og: Ronan, David, Kian, Andrew, Connla, Brendan, Diarmaid, Jack, Gerard, Alex, Aodhan

A Message from Brian Cody

05/07/2013Posted by Ciaran Grant

On a recent trip to Kilkenny, juvenile hurling coach, Gavin Kane took a couple of eager young hurlers to meet some legends of the game. Under-8 player, Zack and his younger brother Harry met members of the Kilkenny senior hurling squad, including the main man, Henry Shefflin. A number of the players autographed a hurl for the boys. After he had signed it, Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody sent a good luck message of support to our hurlers (apologies for the poor sound,though).

Ógs Recognise CAPITA involvement

17/06/2013Posted by Admin

 

All at Éire Óg would like to thank CAPITA for all their involvement with the club, even sponsoring jerseys for some of our Juvenile Óg teams.

Go raibh míle maith agat.

Summer Camp

16/06/2013Posted by Admin

The Club will be holding its annual GAA summer camp from the 1st-5th July at Colin Valley Sports Centre.

P1 - P3s 10 - 12pm  cost - £20 for the week;

P4 - P7s 10 - 2pm cost £30 for the week.

It is important to book early as places fill up quickly.  Please contact Nuala McClean on 07863200789 for booking and more information.

St Annes Fun Day

10/06/2013Posted by Admin

St. Anne's PS are holding their annual fun day on Sunday 16th June.  As part of the event, Eire Og will be holding a penalty kick competition to help raise money for the school.  We are looking for volunteers (preferably in club gear) to help out on the day.  It would also be great to see our young members in their club gear to help raise the profile of the club.

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