In am an gátar aithnítear cáirde – it’s in time of need that one
comes to know one’s true friends.
On Saturday afternoon in Aughrim the Wicklow hurlers took on An
Dún in the Christy Ring Cup. The game was Wicklow’s 2nd in a
round-robin involving Cill Mantáin, An Dún, Doire agus Dún na nGall whom they
had beaten in the 1st round. On
Down’s form to date it was clear that the Wicklow lads were facing into a
difficult challenge and needed the encouragement of the 16th man
(significant support) but such was not forthcoming. So if the above criterion is used in
relation to the game, the conclusion has to be drawn that the game of hurling
and Wicklow hurlers are quite impoverished with respect to true friends.
Given that the Christy Ring teams constitute the 3rd tier
in the inter-county pecking order, prejudice would incline many to be
dismissive of the quality of its games. Such
people would have been surprised by the standard of the hurling on display in
Saturday’s game and at the entertainment it provided. It
has to be conceded that Down were clearly the better team but thanks to the
battling qualities of the hosts it proved to be a close and exciting contest
with only a couple of points separating the sides for most of the match. The Garden County challenge faded somewhat towards
the end and the game finished with the visitors 6 points to the good, 2-25 to 2-19.
The contest had everything that enthrals in the sport of hurling;
high quality stick skills executed at pace – one could only gaze in amazement
at the execution of some of the points -, split-second reactions particularly
exemplified in Cill Mantáin’s 2nd goal,
rapidly orchestrated passing movements particularly by the northerners which
would equal those found at any level, and a bit of controversy when a few decisions
of officials with respect to scores had to be nullified when Hawk-Eye was
Four Éire Óg players were on the panel that togged out in Aughrim,
Billy Cuddihy and Chester Kelly who started and Peter Keane and James Cranley
who were on the bench.
Gach dea-mhéin to the team in the next round which involves their
having to travel to Derry at the week-end.
Previous to last week-end Éire Óg and Dunlavin topped Div.1A points wise but
Dunlavin occupied 1st position thanks to a better scoring
difference. However, on Saturday
Newtown did us a neighbourly turn by defeating Dunlavin. Unfortunately Na Clocha Liatha failed to take full
advantage of this gesture when they only drew 0-14 all with Kilmac.
WICKLOW MINORS, by virtue of a comprehensive win over Louth, have
advanced to the quarter-final stages of the Leinster Championship. Their opponents in the next round are
Blá Cliath. There are 9 Éire Óg
players on the panel viz. Eoin O’Neill, Joe Prendergast, Thade Shanahan, Cian
Hynes, Daniel Healy (Wicklow MOTM in the Louth game), Luke Dorgan, Conor
Fullham, Roy Byrne and Niall Browne.
COMHGÁIRDEACHAS to Lorna Fusciardi on having been selected as a
member of the Lidl Div. 3 Football team.
A Saturday morning visit to the Éire Óg grounds will show one that
camógaíocht is alive and well within the club. There
will be seen in the region of 80 players between 8 and 14 years thoroughly
enjoying themselves as they are guided through the various skills of the sport. The fruits of this are beginning to
show with the club having teams participating in u-8, u-10 and u-12 blitzes and
the u-15s having finished off a very productive run in the Dublin League with a
win over Raheny.