PEIL Our senior footballers succumbed to defeat at the hands of Avondale in their top of Div.1A table clash at home on Friday night. ( Defeat to Emmets the previous week had Eire Og in 2nd position behind the Parnellites in the table). A slogan which used to appear on powdered paint packages in the distant past “when pigs drank wine and turkeys smoked tobacco” advised that tosach maith leath na h-oibre (well begun is half done). Unfortunately on Friday night the efforts stuck at that juncture. After a very promising start it soon became obvious that Greystones was not going to complete the other half of the task of delivering a victory. It has to be conceded that the visitors were the better team on the night and were deserving of their win. However our lads had a hand in making their task that much easier. Eire Og supporters stood by in frustration as they watched Avondale accurately knock over points from all angles up to 40m. distance while the local lads had very poor return from shots from play and from frees in favourable positions. Many of their attempts earned the player the criticism ‘how could he have missed that?’ There was also quite a number of unforced handling errors and many instances of possession being given away in mis-directed kick and hand passes. In mitigation it must be acknowledged that many of the team’s difficulties arise from the absence of a number of key players because of county duties
PEIL NA MBAN There was an apologetic air accompanying the note Conal Brennan sent about the recent on-field activities of our adult ladies team. The tenor of the missive was one of regret at having to inform the Notes that they had been defeated in the last 3 matches they had played. While such a series of defeats is disappointing it is well to remember that there is no shame in defeat per se but rather in its manner. And from Conal’s accounts “they came home on their shields” after each match. In set-backs like this it is worth following the advice of the song and ‘accentuate the positive’.
The odds were stacked against the squads involved in these games and it is greatly to their credit that they put up such battling performances and also to the credit of their mentors for having been able to fulfill the fixtures.
The adult squad is very young and even includes a number of u-16s. So for many of the players exams take priority. As a result the teams taking to the field are seldom 1st choice and it is a constant struggle to put together the statutory 15. This will be an ongoing problem at all ages during the summer. Many of the girls will be going to Cursai Samhraidh and on holiday at home in Ireland and abroad. There will also be a dampening of the enthusiasm of some for the playing of peil by the many other attractions which Na Clocha Liatha offers. All in all this presages a summer of frustration for the various mentors.
As to the games themselves the earliest of these was against Clara in Laragh. Clara would have been strong favourites: the team had just been demoted from senior ranks and it included county star Sarah Miley in its ranks. In the 1st half Eire Og just could not get to the pace of Clara’s game and went into the break trailing 6-6 to 2-2. The complexion of the game changed after the interval with Eire Og becoming pro-active in bringing the game to the locals and outscoring them 3-8 to 1-9.
Next up were AGB who as was expected proved to be formidable opponents. Again a disappointing 1st period effort was followed by a battling 2nd half performance.
After the long journey to Baltinglass the girls were anything but ready mentally to be at their best when taking on the locals in the final game of the trilogy. This showed and Eire Og were certainly not at the races in the 1st half. However the interval worked wonders and our ladies showed close to their mettle post resumption and very much held their own for the remainder of the game.