The best laid schemes o mice an men gang aft a-gley.These words of Robbie Burns may aptly be applied to the games schedule drawn up so meticulously by the Coiste Chondaes fixtures committee.The order and predictability which they had worked so hard to introduce into the running off of games in both hurling and football over the season was dealt a chaos-inducing blow by the recent weather which led to a large number of postponements.
The foul weather on Tuesday last did not however deter our u-9 hurlers and footballers from achieving the ambition of all G.A.A. players viz. that of playing on the hallowed turf of Pairc an Chrocaigh.The Eire Og children were one of the many groups in a Leinster Activity Day for this age cohort.After having run onto the field to the hugely inspiring sound experienced by inter-county players on big match days, they got to play both a cluiche in iomaintagus ceann i bpeil.
Not to be outdone the Eire Og u-12 camogs travelled to Croke Park on Sunday morning to take part in an inter-county club blitz organised by Bronagh Gaughan on behalf of An Cumann Camogaiochta.The event was run off in glorious sunshine and our cailini got to play teams from Kiltale on Mhi, Kilrush of Clare and Kilmacud Crokes.The Eire Og contingent was impressed by the sense of fun which prevailed on the occasion and by the friendliness of the girls from the other clubs.
PEILNAMBANThe u-16s opening fixture in the league scheduled for An Tochar on Tuesday evening was postponed because of an unplayable pitch in Roundwood.U-12, U-14:Martin Roche and Samus Ahern have joint responsibility for these teams.
For Seamus who is the senior mentor with the u-12s it is very much a case of dj vu as the girls who are now graduating into senior ranks started their playing days 6 or 7 years ago under Seamus at u-12.The current group had their 1stleague game away to Blessington Bs on Saturday morning.The Eire Og girls een though vanquished thoroughly enjoyed the game.The final score was 3-4 to 1-3 but Eire Og had the satisfaction of leading at the break 1-1 to 0-2.This is the lowest age group in peil na gcailini so there is an uncertainty about the assembling of a squad and the mentors were delighted that 18 players made the trip.
U-14s were at home to Newtown in their opening game in the league and it was a case of tosach maith leath na h-oibre (well begun is half done) as they defeated the visitors 9-6 to6-4.The win however was not as facile as the final score would suggest and really hinged on the Eire Og girls readiness to shoot for goals as these are nearly as easy to score as points at this level. The seeds of victory were more or less sown in the opening period when Eire Og built up a 5-3 to 3-2 lead.A simple exercise in subtraction shows that the 2ndhalf was much more closely contested.Ella OReilly had an excellent game in goals while Ciara ONeill and Eimear Ryan were the backbone of a solid defence.Eva Skerritt and Meadhbh ONeill held the upper hand in the centre of the field and 8 different players got their names on the scoreboard.
PEILEire Og was well represented on the Wicklow u-16 football team which defeated Wexford (or as John Mullane would have it , the Wexicans) in a challenge in Ballinakill at the end of March.The Greystones lads involved were Daniel Healy, Neil Brown, Cian Hynes, Eoin ONeill, Cillian Keane and Conor Fullham.
U-13 HURLERSComhgairdeachas to our u-13 hurlers who reached the final of the Leinster intercounty club league which was played in Johnstown in Kilkenny.They lost to a good Kildalkey team.Participation in this league has been hugely beneficial to our lads in that it has provided them with pre Wicklow-season games and has contributed to building up the teams confidence.
COMHBHRONThe club extends its sincere sympathy to the Ryan Family particularly to his wife Roisin, his sons Mikey and John and to his mother Imelda, on the death i mblth a shaoil of Mick Ryan.His sons were active members of the club through from their early juvenile years to the adult level. Mick was always on hand to lend them his support and thus became well-known within Eire Og.Ar dheis De go raibh a anam a togadh uainn ro-luath.