Our U11’s returned from the summer to 5 straight trainings session in our regular Wednesday (6-7pm) and early Saturday (9-10am) slots.
A visit from a hugely improved Parteen side nearly caught us on the hop but once the team got focussed – helped perhaps by a few choice words at half time – we did improve in the second half. It was a Friday night fixture which required lights toward the end but both teams battled with real heart with little easy ball given away.
Many of the players turned up again the next morning at 9am for training which showed a real understanding of the work needed for the next set of fixtures. Seven days after the Parteen encounter the team headed to the North Campus UL GAA facility for a season finale of two 30minute games on a fast surface on a lovely autumn evening. The team fought really hard to stay in touch against Ahane into a stiff breeze and really opened up after half time which was great for the confidence.
The fast pitch and quick ball seemed to suit also for the second game with Na Piarsaigh improving as the night wore on. Murroe-Bother provided the opposition with no shortage of skillful hurling and a real test for our lads.
A lie in was required for Saturday morning as all attention focussed on a visit to our old friends Monaleen two days later for a tournament against a very familiar Monaleen team as well as Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes and a very strong Clooney Quinn team from Clare.
Our usual slow start was always going to kill us and we witnessed a display from a fine strong talented Crokes side which we can only learn from. A windy, mucky, wet day proved a striking comparison to the fast pitch of the previous Friday, which led to a very flat Na Piarsaigh performance.
Even the sight of the red of Monaleen didn’t stir us up enough and we left the pitch a bit disconsolate. The third game was another tough encounter where hopefully we will learn from but we at last got a performance for the last game of the day where we were unlucky not to get something from the game, going down marginally to the home side.
Our appreciation goes to everyone for getting the lads to all the events – especially on days we don’t normally meet. There is a real sense of ‘team’ now with this bunch of players – they are a pleasure to bring anywhere, many thanks for all the help.
Luke Shinnors, Kevin Bourke, Brian Kelly, Stephen McKeon, James Finn, Sam Murray, Sam Jordan, Jack Kinsella, Hugh O’Gorman, Jamie Higgins, Padraig Duggan, Dáire Patton, Matthew McGann, Josh Sheehan, Richard Curtain, Adam, Eoghan Halvey, Eoin O’Callaghan and John and Gerard O’Tiarnaigh.