2016 Hurling Review

Published in Hurling Club, News

2016 really was a rollercoaster year for our hurling club. Our U14s lost the Feile final by a single point despite dominating the game for long periods. Nonetheless, we competed in the national Feile na nGael where we were graciously hosted by the Ballygunner club in Waterford and only lost out in extra-time to the eventual Shield Winners, St Molleran's. Subsequently, our boys gave a tour de force in the County Final to resoundingly take the U14 Championship for the first time since 2011. We also went on to represent the county in the Westmeath U14 Championship for the first time when reaching Division 2 semi-final only to lose out in the end to a strong Fr. Dalton's side. 
Simultaneously, many of our U12s were also playing in Westmeath where they formed a large portion of the County Development Squad who won five league games from seven. Our own team participated in the Leinster Club Blitz held in the new GAA Centre of Excellence in Abbottstown where they performed heroically in defeating teams from Kildare and Kilkenny, eventually winning the group. The County Final against Wolfe Tones turned out to be an epic which needed extra-time to separate evenly-matched sides. In the end it was not to be our day and we lost out by the minimum scoring margin. On the flip side, our U11s more than made up for that U12 defeat by convincingly accounting for the same opposition to claim our sixth title in seven years at this grade.
Our U18s gave a good account of themselves before being outgunned in the Minor Final while our youngest group, the U8s, made huge progress in a relatively short space of time. From little seeds grow mighty trees and they gave a massive account of themselves in the Roscommon County Blitz held in October.
Injuries at crucial stages were a feature in what proved to be a disappointing championship campaign for our Seniors this season. The year did finish on a positive note and some solace was taken when claiming our second Leitrim Hurling League in three years. Congratulations also to our own Karl Murray who had the huge honour of being selected for the Ireland team to take on Scotland in the Hurling-Shinty International.
The club wishes to thank the players, parents, mentors and supporters for all their efforts in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017.