U13 Hurling

14 March, 2015

On a bitterly cold day and despite some match on in Cardiff the under 13 hurling team had their second game in the Dublin hurling league. Despite missing a number of players due to confirmations and other commitments Bray settled quickly with Sam, Jack and Philip providing good quick ball into the hard working Riain, Daniel, Andrew, Aaron and Brian. While scores were hard to come by early on, with the St Peregrines goalkeeper in top form, the level of blocking and harassing by the forward line was very encouraging. As the half wore on St Peregrines came more into the game but the Bray defence was in top form with hugely impressive Eoin and Tadhg clearing a lot of ball. Zack with Aaron playing in positions that they have made their own over the last two years totally dominated their direct opponents leaving Cathal to have a quiet first half in goal.
The introduction of Luan and Oscar brought further urgency to proceedings as did Mark (who had just come back from playing Feile football in the morning) to leave Bray ahead by three points at half time.
Playing with a slight breeze in the second half Bray began to dominate the game with the excellent Philip, Jack and Mark spreading good low ball into the forward line of Brian, Oscar,Aaron Andrew,Riain and Daniel who were beginning to get the scoreboard ticking over. Sam (who had a busy weekend playing with the under fifteen hurling team on Sunday) played a slightly withdrawn role, due to his marker pushing forward, controlled the middle with Aaron supreme at full back catching a huge amount of ball. Zack, Tadhg  and Luan were excellent in defence with Cathal, despite being unwell, keeping a clean sheet in the second half.

Special mention must go to Eoin with his excellent reading of the game and his option taking was top class. Eoin has improved so much over the last three years by his dedication  and proves with hard work and willingness to learn, anything is possible.

While not playing as well as they did against Clontarf the team dug in and made things happen with the standard of defending by both forwards and backs as well as trying to move the ball fast and accurate as possible. This team continues to improve as the season progresses with players putting huge efforts to hone their skills and teamwork.

Well done to the players who managed to make the under fourteen team that recently beat the Kilmacud Crokes B under thirteen team in a friendly. As the 2002s were playing against many of opposition they played and drew with last year the step up was thankfully not as big as expected though it has to be acknowledged they were playing against players who were the same age as them so hopefully when they actually play against fourteen years olds they will be able to hold their own.

On a more important note the "warm down " after the game on Saturday had to be cut short as the players were rushing away to get ready for the club disco. (Our babies are growing up so quickly!!!)