U12 Hurlers Win 2017 Féile Iomána

[ Monday, 22nd May 2017 ]

All roads led to Ballycullen on Sunday afternoon as our U12 hurlers hosted 3 teams each from Cuala, Faughs and Na Fianna for their final Féile Iomána competition, with hundreds of boys from across Dublin participating in this true festival of U12 hurling.  The format of the competition added aggregate points from across each club’s teams 3 teams, allowing for an open selection policy.  It proved very popular with the Boden lads with over 50 signing up to represent the club.Six games started simultaneously for each round, with score-master Paschal Comerford kept busy as he ran out of fingers and toes on more than one occasion trying to keep track of the scores. 

On the pitch, this was a very tense affair with very little separating the top from the bottom of the scoreboard, with Boden qualifying for the Cup final against Cuala, who were separated from Faughs only on score difference, while Faughs and Na Fianna contested the Shield Final. Not surprisingly, the finals themselves proved very tight across the board as the lads from each club really went for it, with each of the 3 matches in the Cup final separated by no more than one or two points, and with one draw. 

In the end though, Boden ran out winners, with 2 narrow wins and one draw, to take the spoils in the Cup competition, while neighbours Faughs claimed victory in the Shield.  CJ Ballance was the very popular choice to receive the trophy on behalf of the Boden lads. All in all, a great day’s hurling. 

GRMA to the boys and parents of Cuala, Faughs and Na Fianna for travelling in such large numbers, and to our own parents for the great spread of hospitality which was hoovered up by the (apparently starving) 12 year olds, and for manning the car-parking and catering.  And well done to our lads for their hard work and effort in bring the trophy home. Well done boys!

Many thanks to Dave Rusk for the photos. For more photos, see here