Lar and Des Foley U-12 Hurling Tournament
St Vincent’s GAA Club – Marino
1st September 2018
We left the clubhouse at 9 AM on Saturday 1st September on route to the annual Lar & Des Foley Tournament, at our sister club, St. Vincent’s Dublin. Our bus was full and the players were brimming with excitement in anticipation of the day’s hurling ahead.
We arrived at midday, as planned, and were given a warm and hearty St. Vincent’s welcome. We met the pitch coordinators and other coaches and briefed our players on the logistics for the competitions ahead. We divided our teams into 1 x 11 a side and 1 x 12 a side, and got warmed up for the games ahead. Diarmuid Donnellan and Aaron Fahy were the nominated captains and both boys were outstanding leaders throughout the day.
In the Lar Foley Competition our boys played against Shelmaliers, of Wexford, Eoghan Ruadh, of Derry, followed by Lucan Sarsfields and finally St Vincents. In the final game we played against Lucan Sarsfields. We were unbeaten in all games.
In the Des Foley Competition our boys played against St Vincents (2 teams), Lucan Sarsfields and Beann Eadair, of Howth and again we were unbeaten in all games. In the final we play against St Vincents again and were beaten by 1 puck of the ball in the end.
All in all, we played 10 games and lost just 1. There were outstanding performances from each of the players and therefore every boy deserves a mention. In addition to the captains, there was Darragh O’Shea, Darragh Jordon, Louis murphy, Pierce McCarthy, Ben O’ Reagan, Tommie Glynn, Adam Hallihan, Thomas Fitzgerald, Rhys Meehan, Joseph Corcoran, Joe Patton, John O’Keeffe, Tadhg Mullane, Adam Fitzsimons, Darragh Mc Keogh, Seán Harrington, Ronan Benson, Eoin Brosnan, Cillian Tobin, Leon Power and John Robinson.
Mark and John Hogan were sadly missed throughout the day. It was decided, unanimously, that Mark should be nominated as our Man of the Match, in absentia. The boys, parents and mentors wish Mark a speedy recovery and look forward to presenting Mark with the St Vincent’s Match Ball very soon.
Our boys played outstanding hurling, against very good opposition and had to come to grips with very different styles of play, from the off. Additionally, we learnt that we will have to improve in a few key areas such as catching, batting, and learning to break tackles and read the game. That said, our boys were superb throughout and are a huge credit to themselves, their families and Na Piarsaigh GAA Club.
The bus ride back was a joyous riot; with singing, good banter, tweeting and fun go lore. On arrival at the clubhouse our boys had a brief extension to their 12-hour day by doing a short lap of honour around the bar, and were given a bualadh bos by the senior players and friends of Na Piarsaigh (congratulations to the senior team on a well-earned point!). This was a fitting end to a memorable day.
We would like to thank all those who made this happen; St. Vincent’s GAA Club, our club members who have travelled to St Vincent’s in previous years (facilitating such a warm welcome back), parents, coaches, mentors; but most of all to the kids who made this such a wonderful day.