11 Hurlers win the Midland Steel Inaugural Tournament Cup

[ Wednesday, 26th September 2018 ]

On Sunday last a squad of 16 U11 boys were invited down to Emo, Co. Laois to participate in the Inaugural Midland Steel sponsored Hurling Tournament. Including ourselves, the participating teams were Round Towers of Kildare, Lucan Sarsfields of Dublin, Clonad of Laois, Na Piarsaigh of Limerick and the host club St. Paul’s Emo and Courtwood. 

Due to the condensed format of the Tournament, the first match was going to be a crucial match to progress and Boden were paired up against a dogged Na Piarsaigh. Boden played with a stiff breeze in the first half and struggled to take full advantage of it. At half-time our boys held a slender lead. However, a stalwart defensive display in the second half coupled with some crucial scores saw Boden to the finish line as winners. The boys knew they had been in a tough battle and although Na Piarsaigh had been beaten there was still a chance we could meet them again if we got to a final.

Next up were Lucan Sarsfields. Both the boys and our coaches were getting very familiar with Lucan as only the day before some of the lads had played against Lucan as part of their Go Games program. Boden came out of the blocks very fast and some great early pressure led to some outstanding scores which put Lucan on the back foot. Boden kept the pressure up to half-time and went in comfortably ahead. The second half was a different story as Lucan came back into the game as Boden took the foot off the gas. Indeed, Lucan edged the second half but Boden’s first half dominance was enough to secure the second victory.

Boden were now in the final but were unsure who their opponents were going to be. The weather at this point turned a bit nasty as a spot of rain and a biting wind caused the squad, coaches and parents alike to take shelter in a copse of trees. The boys were in high spirits as they refuelled on fresh fruit courtesy of Daire Bermingham – mind you some of the coaches and parents weren’t shy in tucking in either.

Finally, the weather cleared and word came through that the local club St. Paul’s had put in a huge performance to beat Na Piarsaigh. It was Boden vs. St Paul’s in the final. Boden tore into it from the start and dominated from start to finish running out comfortable winners in the end. All the boys hurled magnificently and displayed great teamwork and work rate. All that was left at the end was for our captain Rory O’Donoghue to graciously accept the cup on behalf of the team.

We all then managed to enjoy the tremendous hospitality of our hosts who provided an incredible array of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits. All of the players received hot dogs, drinks, snacks and on departure a goodie bag. A hearty congratulations to St. Paul’s Emo for putting on a great tournament.

Many thanks to all the coaches and parents who gave up their Sunday to travel with all the boys. 

And of course, a huge well done to the 16 lads who hurled so well.

Squad: (Front): Rory O’Donoghue (C), Michael Phelan, Daire Bermingham, Charlie White, Alan Delaney, Fiachra Codd, Adam Boland, Matthew Casey.   (Back): Pat Norris (coach), Alan Gannon, Tom Buggy, Josh Mooney, Ailin Roch-Geraghty, Luke Durkin, Conor Fitzgerald, Isaac Barry, James Norris, Colin Durkin (coach)