COMHGAIRDEACHAS to Cill Mantain hurlers on having reached the semi-final stages of the Christy Ring Cup and equally comhbhron to the countys ladies on their defeat to Longford in the final of Div.4 of the league.
Both teams included players who graduated through the Eire Og ranks: Stephen Chester Kelly was full-back (he can be seen in the Wicklow People video making a match-winning goalmouth catch and clearance in the London game), Peter Keane who played in the centre of the field and Anto Byrne who came on as a sub.Laurie Ahern (0-1)and Aoife Gillen were seen to good effect in the ladies game in Clane.
Comhgairdeachas of a different order to hurler Billy Cuddihy whose wife Claire presented a first grandchild, Thomas Kieran (preserving the Kilkenny connection) to Brendan and Laura. Beannacht De ar an leanbh agus go raibh saol fada socair agus slantuil aige.
PEIL NA MBANOur adult ladies team is a work in progress and one might say that so far, they are doing fine.Training sessions in general are attended by a score or more players and in their 2 outings to date in the league they have recorded wins over Barndarrig and Arklow. While naturally the teams management welcomes victory it is not the be all and end all its philosophy.Rather it is to ensure that the inexperienced players who compose a large part of the squad get as much game time as possible.
The teams next fixture is on May 7th away to Kilbride.
The game v Arklow ended on the score E Og 6-4, Arklow 2-6.The Greystones girls were very much in the ascendant in the 1sthalf with Kelly Ryder, Megan Healy, Ellie ONeill, Alice ONeill and Aoife McTague being particularly prominent.In the 2nd half Catherine Clear came on for Tracy OHalloran, Sharon Lewis for Kate Walker, Laoise Horgan for Kelly Ryder, Rachel Garvey for Ellie ONeill, Ciara Doyle for Ellen Prendergast and Polly Demery for Catherine Clear.
The Eire Og mentors were especially appreciative of the concern and help proffered by the Arklow people to Megan Healy who was injured during the match.Gach dea-ghui to Megan.
Neither have the underage cailini been idle.Our u-14s, weakened by holiday defections and injuries, travelled to Roundwood to take on their An Tochar counterparts. Their comprehensive defeat was nothing of a surprise.Much the same scenario prevailed seven u-12s were included in the squad for their marathon journey to Coolkenno on the Thursday evening after Easter.The game was played as a 13-a-side. Bfhiu an tairbhe an triobloid. The win lightened their journey home.
COMHBHRON to the Molloy family on the untimely death of their mother Jennifer.Her son Sam has been a juvenile member in Eire Og for the last 10 years and his sister Hannah is currently a member of the girls u-16 team. Jennifers husband, Paul, also has a great interest in the club.All in Eire Og extend their sincerest sympathies to Paul, Hannah, Sam and Harry, to theextended family and to her many friends.Ardesi De go raibh a h-anam og.
PEIL NA BHFEAR. DIVISION 3 LEAGUE:Eddie Davis took his numerically challenged Junior A team to Hollywood for their rescheduled Div 3 fixture.The team showed signs of transmontane lag and were very much off the pace in the early stages of the match and they allowed their hosts to build up a 1-02 to 0-0 lead by the 10thminute.Subsequently the effects of the trek began gradually to wear off and the visitors achieved parity just on half-time.Na Clocha Liatha were a transformed outfit after the break and set about playing to their potential.They dictated matters over the 30 minutes playing very attractive and intelligent football and emerged victorious on the score 0-18 to 1-07. Conall Deeney, Billy Norman (0-4), Andrew Walsh and Daniel Webb (0-3) in particular caught the eye.Willie OHagan (0-6), James Delahunt (0-3) and Dominic OBrien (0-2) were the other scorers.
Buachailli faoi 11:Ones mind boggled on hearing the final score from Eire Ogs Group A u-11 match against Blessington in Blessington viz. Bless 9-16, E Og 17-12.Surely couldn’t be a Gaelic football result, must be Australian Football?Answer: the score was a cumulative one for two 11-a-side games.Even at that it represents some scoring and reflects well on 2 exciting evenly-matched contests in which the scoring was spread over a wide range of players on both sides.There were many impressive defence-to-attack passing movements but two, one from each game, are especially worthy of mention.The defence in Team1 was under severe pressure at a crucial point in their match when Tomas OConnell got possession in the full-back line and coolly off-loaded to half-back Darragh Shanahan on the left wing.Darragh duly found fellow St Laurences man Jack Caffrey in mid-field and Jack insightfully delivered to a goalwards-moving Robert Moore who landed the ball at the feet of full-forward Evin Donnelly. Bang!! And the ball was resting in the hosts net.
Team 2s stand-out movement developed from an accurately delivered kick-out by Gavin Lincoln which was gathered cleanly by Austin Baines in space cleverly created by fellow forwards Joshua Barry and Hugh OCarroll.Austin passed cross field to Daniel Connerty who released to Alex Goff who quickly and unerringly found Piaras Healy on the corner of the square and Piaras is not one to scorn such opportunities.
The referee complimented all the teams on the honest commitment and sporting attitude they brought to the games and said it was very much in keeping with the intended ethos of the competition.Eire Og had previously beaten Rathnew and Annacurra.
U-11 Coaches: Kevin Healy, Phelim OConnell, Paddy Meyler, John Caffrey, Eoghan Donnellan.
GROUP C Meanwhile back at the Eire Og ranch on the Mill Road another group of the u-11s was playing host to neighboursKilcoole in Group C of the league.Encouragingly to report both sets of mentors had 25 players at their disposal.To ensure max game time for every player each squad was divided into 2 teams and 2 games were played side by side.
Well done to both sets of players who served up a very entertaining evening of open uninhibited football laced with plenty of scores.The Eire Og coaches took great satisfaction from their charges performances as the squad consisted exclusively of u-10 players.
U-9 GO-GamesOn Friday 21st April 40 Eire Og players divided themselves into 4 teams of 10.Two of the teams were involved in a Go-Games blitz at home which included teams from Ashford, Newtown and Bray and the other two travelled to Bray where they played teams from Bray Emmets and Kilmac. The management team: Bob Webster, Ciaran Ryan, Jim Darcy, Eric Geoghegan, Richie Taylor, John Keogh and Mark Barry.