U12 Leinster Hurling Tournament

30 August, 2009

The last weekend in August saw a great end to the kids summer holidays. We won silver in our group in the U12 Leinster Hurling Tournament in Dublin and the following day had a most memorable trip to Newport in Tipperary. There, we played teams from Tipp, Limerick and Clare. Although we lost narrowly we had a great time. Most importantly we learnt lots and can now include those learning points into our plan for the next season. Planning trips like this is essential as it exposes our areas for improvements when we benchmark ourselves against the traditional hurling counties. In this way the kids can really achieve their true potential and can see first hand for themselves the standard we are at and what more has to be done. We already had a similar trip to Kilkenny in June which was a huge success.

The Tipp tournament set us up nicely for the Wicklow Hurling semi-final against St. Patricks last week. Our team was not as sharp as in June prior to the holidays but this was to be expected after a long lay off. Nevertheless, there were some outstanding displays and most notably by Padraig Doyle at centre back. He had a superb game and between himself and Thomas Foley, also on the half back line, they cleaned up everything that came their way. Padraig was not only on defensive duties, he also added a goal and a point to his credit.

At half time we had a good lead of 3-6 to 1-2 but there were causes for concern. Some of our players were not attacking the ball and were getting there second to their opponents. A number of switches were made which improved performance somewhat in the second half. Bray Emmets kept up the pressure and when Michael Boland was switched to midfield began to move much more freely and ended up scoring a marvellous 3-4. Conor O'Doherty's first touch hurling at full forward was beginning to cause hugh concern to the St. Pats defence and ended up with a hat trick of goals (it must have been the weeks summer camp in Kilkenny). Other scores came from Liam Benville with a goal and two points.

Despite the pressure exerted by St. Pats in the second half, our defence held tight with good solid performances from Dylan Terry at full back and from our corner backs Jack Fitzgerald and Dylan Brady.

The final score was Bray Emmets 8-9, St Pats 2-6. A good solid win which now puts us into the final. However, there is much work to be done between now and then so regular attendance at training is essential. Also well done to Michael Boland and Padraig Doyle who helped the U14 hurlers defeat Glenealy in the Wicklow Championship.