Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Juvenile Notes - 10th July

Under 14
Last weekend our under 14 panel headed to Bruff in Co. Limerick to represent the county in Division 1 of the Féile Hurling All Ireland tournament. On arrival in Bruff we received our official welcome from the club chairman. The children met the host families and got their accommodation sorted for the weekend.
At 3pm we started with the first game of the weekend. This was against Bruff our hosts. This was a close game throughout, with some great hurling displayed. Our backs were particularly good during this game with some brilliant blocking. We were always just holding the edge here though and won 1-9 to 2-4. After the game we had some refreshments and made our way to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick for the parade. The parade had over 200 teams from all over the country including Hurling, Camogie and Handball and all the teams walked from there to O’Connell St.
Next morning we had an early start to go the short trip to Kilmallock to play them in our second game with 10:00 throw in. In this game we got off to a flying start and were 3 goals to no score up after 10 minutes. We were always in control in this game and ended the game 4-09 to 0-4. We had a short break before our next game against the Wexford champions, St. Martins.
This game became an all or nothing game for both teams as St. Martins had also won their first 2 games with the winner going through to the All Ireland Semi Final. We go off to a great start again in this game with some great team work and were 0-7 to 0-0 up at half time. In the second half the Wexford champions came back with huge determination and got a few points followed by 2 goals and we found ourselves 2 points down half way through the second half. Despite the players tiring with the tropical type conditions they really dug deep and soon got back in control and finished well on top to record a 2-10 to 2-3 win. We now had time for a well deserved rest and some refreshments after playing 2 games in temperatures in the mid 20’s, while we waited to hear who qualified from the other side of the draw to make up the Semi Final.
At 6:15 pm we took to the field for the 3rd time that day against the Dublin champions, Ballyboden St. Endas. In this game the Dublin team started well and they were 0-9 to 0-1 up at half time. In the second half our boys upped their efforts and were just getting back into the game when Ballyboden got a goal. Despite our lads being exhausted they never gave up and kept battling to the final whistle, where we were beaten 2-12 to 0-4.
Our players did themselves, families, club and county proud over the weekend both on and off the field. They will all have learnt from the experience of a lifetime and can reflect of playing in an All Ireland Semi Final and take consolation that Ballyboden St. Endas went on to become All Ireland Champions the next afternoon by beating Douglas from Cork 4-2 to 0-4.
Saturday evening we were back to the host club with all our boys showered and gelled for a Barbecue and a Disco. Bruff were also hosting the Antrim Camogie club. This was a very relaxing evening where both camoige and hurling teams, mentors and parents enjoyed the lovely food. We would like to thank the Bruff club for their hospitality all over the weekend.
A special word of thanks must go to Liam O Connor based in Limerick who had put in tremendous work over the last few weeks helping organise a lot of the logistics to ensure the boys wanted for nothing over the weekend. Also to Carmel Power our Juvenile Secretary who since we qualified for both Féiles last March has worked extremely hard to ensure everything was organised.
Finally a word of thanks must go to all the parents and supporters who travelled to cheer on our young players. The players themselves should be extremely proud of their achievement over the weekend and should bring the learning and experience with them.

Féile Hurling Panel 2013

Upcoming Games
Under 13 Championship against Dungarvan on Thursday 11th July.

Outdoor Hurling
Outdoor hurling continues every Saturday morning from 10.30 for boys age five and up. Helmets and hurleys can be purchased through the club at a discounted price.

Minor Hurling
Our minor hurling team were defeated by Ballygunner in our first game of the county championship. This was a tremendous game of hurling by both sides with Ballygunner lucky in the end to come away with victory.

We played Stadbally on Friday evening last at our club grounds in games for the under 6 and under 7 age group. Both hurling and football was played and was great to see so many present on what was a beautiful evening. For a lot of these kids it was their first game for the club and let’s hope for most of them it will be the first of many. Well done to everyone involved especially the kids themselves.
Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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