Under 10 Hurling Notes

13 October, 2008

This week we have reports from a number of recent hurling matches. On Saturday last we travelled to Avondale for the last of this years U10 hurling blitzes. These have been very enjoyable and well organised throughout the year and you are usually guaranteed good matches against a variety of clubs. As a special treat Avondale organised a pipe band to lead all the teams in a parade around the pitches. Before the first match started the band played the national anthem and all the children joined in heartily

The reports come from the green team and their opposition were ARP, Eire Og and Avondale. The rules in this blitz are ground hurling first half and air hurling in the second half.

In the first game, with a heavy pitch underfoot the ground hurling was slow until the lads from both teams improvised and started to flick the ball into the air and strike it without taking it into the hand and Philip Redmond bagged himself a hat trick of goals with this method. Fintan O'Shea was unlucky not to convert a couple of chances when put into possession inside the opposition defence but he was denied by superb goalkeeping by ARP. In the second half the Bray lads were shooting for points whereas the opposition were working in for goal attempts and they got a couple when our midfield didn't track back to help out our beleaguered defence. Mark Kenny and Oisin Dougan were clearing large amounts of attacks with strong performances by both lads. This match ended in a draw with Philip taking the man of the match performance.

After a stern taking to from the mentors about not tracking back the team took to the pitch for the second match against Eire Og. It was like a new team as we dominated this match in midfield. Ryan Hannon in goals boomed out his puckouts and Owen Duffy and Stephen Finn mopped up almost everything that came their way. Owen's first touch was particularly good in this match and he was striking off both his left and right side to feed the forward line, which earned him a man of the match performance. Our forward line of Ryan (having moved out in the second half) and Evan Sweeney were very impressive and free scoring in this match.

In the final match of the day we lined out against Avondale and this was a very intense game of end-to-end action. The Bray lads took an early lead when Owen fired in from the centre of the field for Stephen to pounce and score the goalkeepers parried save. Liam Carolan was a rock in defence and was issuing captain like instructions to his fellow defenders to keep things tight. Oisin blasted a number of sideline cuts right into the heart of the opposition goalmouth to set up some goal opportunities. Stephen Finn has grinding out a huge amount of possession in midfield and twice was fouled. While Stephen received treatment from the magic bottle Owen scored both frees. However we were caught out in the last minute when Avondale scored a goal after a defensive mix up. They then won possession from the puck out to poach another goal to give them the narrowest of wins. Man of the match performance in this match went to Stephen Finn.

To round off the day and to mark the final blitz of the year each player received a medal that was presented by Wicklow captain Jonathan O'Neill.