Shamrocks and Clondrohid played their opening game in the Minor Hurling League in Shanbally today. The weather conditions were very poor indeed for hurling and a big well done to all players for turning in a very sporting game in what were almost impossible conditions.
Shamrocks have had to consider long and hard whether to enter a minor hurling team due to various outstanding circumstances; at one stage they were going to pull out but there are determined hurling people involved with this group and they wouldnt let this thing go. Backed up by some committed players, parents and the under 16 team, Shamrocks fielded today with 14 players, eventhough they were down some of their more prominent players on the day itself.
Clondrohid ran out impressive winners; indeed the game was over at half time as they led by 12 points having played with the wind and the rain. Shamrocks were on a hiding to nothing and probably the youngest team to wear the Minor hurling jerseys ever went out and hurled their hearts out in the second half. Andrew O’Grady looked threathening every time he got ball inside and ended up with 1-2.
The mentors were pleased with the effort on the day and the hurling season is up and running; with just a few more additions they will be very competitive. Training will be tied in with the under 16’s on Wednesday. We wish David Raleigh a speedy recovery from his knee injury which he suffered towards the end when he went over awkwardly.
Players on duty: N. Hayes, S. Kidney, D. Raleigh, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, S. O’Brien, C. Scriven, D. Scriven, B. Coffin, D. Andrews, M. Hitchmough, B. Crowley, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes.