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U10 Hurlers play in the St Mary's Tournament in Clonmel

[ Saturday, 2nd September 2017 ]
The U10 hurlers attended the Annual St Marys Tournament in Clonmel on Saturday 2nd September. This is an excellent tournament which draws clubs from all of the hurling heartlands. Our Boden Boys were up against Clarinbridge from Galway and Fethard and Mullinahone from Tipperary.

First match up for the Boden lads was a game against Clarinbridge, last years tournament winners. This would be a tough test for the boys.
The hurling was intense with few scores on either side. The Boden keeper pulled off 3 superb saves to keep early attacks out. Clarinbridge got the upper hand with a goal early in the second half which was going to prove critical in such a tight close game. Boden got into their groove and three points in a row got the close to their Galwegian opponents. But at the final whistle the team from Galway held a one score lead.
This was a tremendous display from our lads against top drawer opposition, but there was no time to rest as next up was a game against local opposition, Fethard.

Fethard got off to a great start with two early goals and the Boden lads never got to the pitch of the game. The Boden lads kept it going to the end but the result went to the Tipp men.
Heads were down, but great work from mentors Ray and Colin got the boys ready for the next match against Mullinahone. This was a tough tight game with a lot of tackling and few scores, Boden held a 2 goal lead at half time having played with a strong wind. They started well in the second half, with each side scoring a goal apiece but a couple of wides from Boden ensured a tight finish. When Mullinahone grabbed another goal, it meant a close nervous finish but the Boys from Firhouse road held out to win.

In our play off semi final Boden would play Four Mile Water - a Waterford team buoyed by the upcoming all Ireland final. Boden got off to a flyer and lead 1-3 to 0-0 at half time, but the concession of two goals early in the second half, meant it was all square late in the second half. When the Waterford lads scored a controversial 65 - Boden were facing elimination but a massive equaliser from out the field meant, we were headed to extra time. Boden once again got off to a great start and were 3 points up at the end of the first period , the second period proved to be a titanic battle with 2 late scores from the Waterford lads could not stop the Boden boys.

So we were through to a final against O Loughlin Gaels "OLG" from Kilkenny. However injuries and tiredness were talking a toll, we were down to 11 fit players. OLG were off to a quick start and gradually built up a lead. Boden seemed tired, having player the semi and then directly into a final whereas the boys from Noreside had a 40 minute rest period. We wondered if the Boden lads would be able to keep out the Kilkenny onslaught, but the Boden lads would not yield and battled heroically to the end. A Boden goal narrowed the margin to one score but alas this was to be as close as we could get as the final whistle signalled the end.

What a journey this was for our players whose hurling improved dramatically over the course of the tournament. Every player played their part and we had some wonderful displays of talent. Brilliant goalkeeping, strong full back play great ball winning and some wonderful scores.

Thanks to our mentors who did great work with the team and a sincere word of thanks to all the parents who travelled and provided great support.
 
Many thanks to Pat Norris for the photos. For more photos, see here

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