Tracton 6-7, Shamrocks 4-5
We traveled to Minane Bridge to take on Tracton in the U16 B1 football league. Again due to lack of numbers we had to rely on some of our U14s to help us out to full fill the fixture. The game started well for us and we were three points to the good after the early exchanges. Tracton the got on the score sheet with two points play and the opened up a bit of daylight between the teams when they scored two quick fire goals. We responded well and got a goal and a point before the half time whistle.
Both teams got early scores in the second half but Tracton then started to open up our very young defence and were finding scores a lot easier to come by than our forwards. To the lads credit they never gave up and two late scores put some credibility on the score board. We lost on a score line of 6-07 to 4-05. Great credit must go to our U14 stars who helped us out namely, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, Adam McSweeney, and Daniel O Brien. A warm welcome also to Brian O’Leary who made his debut for us and showed some great skill and determination over the sixty minutes.
Team, Evan Seymour, Dylan Gregson, Jody Sisk, Mark Sisk, Sean Andrews, Adam McSweeney, Dylan O Flaherty, Aaron Twomey, Brian O Leary, Andrew Egan, Harry Andrews, Daniel O Brien, Shaun Allen & Sam Geary.
Shamrocks 5-8, Lee Gaels 3-6
Shamrocks 4-3, Castlelyons 4-2
Shamrocks U8 football team competed last Saturday morning in the blitz that was organised by our near neighbors Passage Gaa Club. Conditions were ideal. A large crowd was present as there were teams from all over the county present. We fielded one of our youngest ever teams to compete at this level. First up was Eire Óg and soon after the throw in we found ourselves dominating the game and proved too strong for the opposition. We then played a strong Douglas outfit but again we found scores easier to come by than our opponents and proved worthy winners here again.
The last game was against the hosts Passage. This was a close encounter but our ability to get scores when it mattered proved to be the difference between the two sides. All off our eight players played the full matches and this be of great benefit to them going forward. Some off our more experienced players were absent on the day but the team managed very well without them.
Calum Fitzgerald played in goal for us and his younger brother Bradley made his debut when he played up front for us along side another debut star in Patrick Keane. Patrick’s older brother, James along with Calum O’Neill held our defence together and outstanding in the three games that we played. Billy Hanna and Donal Herlihy played together in midfield and dominated throughout the three games. Ryan Doolan was in great scoring form and his goals in attack proved vital on the day. Overall it was a great experience for this young team. Great credit must go to Passage GAA Club for the excellent facilities and organisational skills.
Thanks also to the parents for their presence and support. Special thanks also to Adrian Doolan who exchanged his soccer coaching duties for our National games. His help on the sideline was much appreciated. Hopefully he’ll get the bug now and we will see him more often as a coach on the line with this team.
Shamrocks 5-4, Passage 3-2
The Shamrocks under 10’s welcomed the under 10’s of Passage GAA club to Shanbally on Sunday the 9th of April for the rescheduled hurling league fixture. Passage brought a team of 14 players and a large group of travelling supporters. We also had 14 players available to us today including a number of our under 8 panel who are playing up an age level.
A huge number of teams turned up for this morning’s edition in Ballygarvan. Shamrocks entered 1 team and performed very well against strong opposition. They played Valley Rovers, Crosshaven & Carrigaline and were unbeaten.It is great to see the younger lads getting more confident with each blitz. The older lads continue to improve and are pushing for starting places on a very good Shamrocks U10 team.
Shamrocks 4-10, Aghabullogue 2-2
Shamrocks 3-3, Tracton 0-5
The Shamrocks under 10 footballers had a comprehensive win at home against Sliabh Rua in the league on Saturday 1st April. This was the boys first outing with the big ball this season and they carried on where they left off last year at this age bracket by showing a great work rate and attitude on the field. Even though the team haven’t had a football game since the end of last years season in October, there was no sign of it from the Shamrocks under 10’s. It has to be said that the time spent in Academy training every Friday night over the winter is paying dividends for this age group. There’s already a sharpness to their play that you might expect only after a couple of competitive matches.
We’re lucky to have strong numbers at under 10 and we had 18 players togged out against Sliabh Rua, this was helped by the addition of a number of our under 8 players who arrived after a morning spent at their own successful under 8 blitz. We played thirteen a side and all players got plenty of game time. Next outing for the under 10’s is an away football match against our near neighbors Passage on Tuesday night 4th April at 6.30pm. Players are asked to be at Passage GAA grounds for 6pm.
Na Piarsaigh GAA hosted this morning’s u8 Football Blitz.
We played Lee Gaels, Na Piarsaigh & Delaney’s and performed very well against all three.
Thank you to the parents and siblings for travelling in big numbers to support the boys. Back to Hurling again next week – texts will go out during the week.