U15 Hurlers: Not to be outdone by their footballing counterparts, our u-15 hurlers played a major part in bringing the u-15B Hurling Championship Trophy to this end of the county. The Eire Og hurlers were operating under the banner of The North Wicklow Gaels which comprises players from Eire Og (13), Kilcoole (3) and St Pats (2).
Eire Og: Patrick Byrne, Sean McCormack, Thade Shanahan, Eoghan Gurrin, Kieran Ovenden, Neil Browne, Joe Prendergast (Man of the Match), Daniel Healy, Luke Dorgan, Colm Short, Oisin Shanahan, Cillian Keane, Fintan Potts.
Kilcoole: Fionn Mansfield, Eoin Byrne, Shane Collins.
St Pats: Bill OBrien and T.J Kehoe.
Bainisteoiri: Colm Dorgan and Gary Coady (the day after his bainis (wedding)) with help from Diarmaid Potts and Gerry Curry.
There was an overlap of 7 players between the hurling and football teams: Thade Shanahan who had captained the footballers, MOTM Joe Prendergast who had scored 1-02 in the football, Neil Browne, Daniel Healy, Luke Dorgan, Colm Short and Cillian Keane.
Incidentally Joe Prendergast was runner-up in the All-Ireland final of the Combined Athletic Events for schools which took place in Athlone.
It is not ideal that clubs should have to amalgamate to form viable squads but it is necessary if, as in this case, juveniles interested in iomaint are to be afforded the opportunity of playing competitively. However with the work that is currently being done in promoting hurling at the younger age groups it is hoped nach bhfuil an la i bhfad uainn (the day is not far off) when the clubs involved will be able to field independently.
NW Gaels opponents in Friday nights final were the boys from Glenealy whom they defeated 4-16 to 4-08 after a heroic 2nd half comeback.
PEIL Thanks to a 3-13 to 1-12 victory in An Tochar over St Nicholas from over the hills, Eire Og are u-15A county football champions.
A seven-point victory, well-earned on the day but of a magnitude which, one suspects, might not recur on a replay. It is unlikely that St. Nicks would again, through inaccuracy and lack of conviction, squander so many of the promising opportunities that were presented to them, particularly in the first quarter when they were very much on top. Further, their management would surely have devised a stratagem to better counter Eire Ogs sweeper tactic, so brilliantly exploited by a savvy no.15-wearing Luke Dorgan.
In the early period of St Nicks dominance, when they were really at sixes-and-sevens, Eire Og were saved from finding themselves in an unretrievable position by a number of excellent saves from Sean ONeill (where would he be got?!). The Eire Og lads began to find their feet at around the quarter-hour mark and within a short period had effected an eight-point turnabout on the scoreboard, thanks to 1-1 from Joe Prendergast, a point from Cillian Keane and a goal from Jack Nicholson. St. Nicks then responded with a goal to leave the score 2-05 to 1-06 at the short whistle.
The break worked to the advantage of the Westerners and on the resumption they once again began to dictate matters, with the result that the game was finely balanced, 2-08 to 1-09, going into the last quarter. At this point, Eoin ONeill, who had been playing a dominant role in the middle, executed the coup de grace. After a jinking run from centre-field, he lobbed the St. Nicks goalie (all bets are off as to his intent) to send the ball to the net and thereby set Eire Og on the road to victory.
Eire Ogs captain Thade Shanahan was presented with the cup by Martin Fitzgerald and Conor Fulham was awarded the accolade of man-of-the-match.
U-14 football: Well done to our u-14s who won a four-team tournament hosted by Cuala on Saturday.
COMHGAIRDEACHAS All in Eire Og extend their heartiest congratulations to Rathnew on their confounding of all the pundits in their defeat of current Dublin club champions St Vincents on Sunday. In so doing they have earned huge respect for football in the county and have shown that superior wealth and resources do not always guarantee success. St Vincents defeat finds an echo in Shakespeares they that are mighty have many blasts to shake them
COMHBHRON The club extends its sincere sympathy to Jimmy Hatton, to our Uachtaran Danny Hatton and to all the Hatton Family on the death of Jimmys wife Rose. Leaba i measc na naomh go raibh aici.
Everyone in Eire Og was extremely sad to hear of the untimely death of Ciaran Hogan, brother of Declan who was for many years a member of our senior team. The coiste on behalf of the club extends its sincere comhbhron to his parents Jimmy and Ann and to all the Hogan family. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam cairdiuil.