Club news 15 April 2019

IOMIANT   On Sunday morning
St. Pats pitch did not prove to be a happy hunting ground for our hurlers in
the 1st round of
the Lightning Protection Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.  Eire
Og suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of neighbours Bray Emmets of
whom it can be said in mitigation had come to the game with the advantage of
having played in the Dublin leagues over the winter.  No loss
smarts as much as that inflicted by a local opponent!  If memory serves me right, and there can be a
certain doubt about that, the outcome bears a close resemblance to that of the
corresponding fixture against the same opposition in 2018. 

Last year’s defeat did not result in the total undermining of the
team’s confidence.  They
recovered from this setback and went on to show a huge improvement in the
championship. Hopefully
we will experience a parallel turnabout in this year’s campaign.

Such a defeat can be downheartening so it is always well to
remember that while sporting contests are entered into in a spirit of making
the opposition “beware of thee”, amateur sport  is not all about winning and very much
involves the enjoyment of participation and pride in the representation of
one’s community.  In
any case, maith sibh lads for your efforts!

FAOI  11  Hurling
at the juvenile level is sprouting some shoots e.g. at u-11 the club, thanks to
the availability of suitable mentors (buíochas mOr leo go lEir), is in a
position to field 3 teams.  Two of these teams were in action in
Ballinakill on evenings during last week.  On Tuesday the Blue(?) team (colour used to
avoid any designation which might smack of hierarchical classification) took on
Michael Dwyers, a team centred on Kiltegan.  Shows the advantage of having a central venue
for teams separated by distances which make a home and away arrangement
unfeasible for juveniles on mid-week evenings. 

Ballinakill because of its upland and open location can be a cold
spot on occasion and Wednesday evening was one of those occasions. However the
conditions failed to curb the enthusiasm of the daoine Oga and the contest
proved to be competitive and highly entertaining.  Eire Og took the initiative from the start
and looked to be set fair but Dwyers were not done and came right back into the
game nearing the break.  From that to the final whistle the action was
tit for tat.  Doireann
Dowdall and Conor Downes shone in the full back line for Eire Og while Aaron
Doherty and Senan Dowdall did well in the forwards.

The Whites had Aughrim as their opponents on Wednesday and served
up an admirable performance against what proved to be a strong outfit.  While
every player gave of his best the contributions of Luke Murphy, Declan Shanahan
and Hugo Fallon stood out.

The mentors from both evenings express a sincere go raibh maith
agaibh to all the parents who travelled to the games.

COMHBHRON  The club extends its sincere sympathy to Colm Dorgan and to the
Dorgan family on the recent death of Colm’s mother in Cloyne.  Ar
dheis dE go raibh a h-anam.

Colm and his sons are very active in the hurling affairs of Eire Og.

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