Primary 6 – Belfast City Council, Falls Park GoGames
Date: Sunday 13th April 2014
Venue: Week 1 Falls Park
Thank you to Gavin for compiling the report.
Brid Og’s P6 hurlers took part in the first week of the P6 games at the Falls Park. The event consisted of 3 games of 7 minutes each way, with Brid Og drawn to play O’Donnells, Ardoyne and Bredagh. 13 hurlers were available to play on the day and it was great to see so many kids turn out. Brid Og seemed to be one of very few teams with more kids than the planned panel size of 11. This meant ongoing rolling substitutions to ensure that everyone got a game.
The conditions were not ideal with a strong biting wind, which at one stage knocked over the goal posts.
The first game was against O’Donnells and the Brid Og team dominated the first half of the game with the majority of possession. Most of this half was played in the opposition’s part of the field with a few scores from young Niall. The second half was a different affair and indeed seemed like a different game. The O’Donnells team talk at half time had an impact on their players and with the wind now in the faces of the Brid Og team, O’Donnells quickly equalised and then took the lead. As the wind strengthened there was little that the Brid Og team could do to move the ball up the field and O’Donnells came out on top.
The second game was against Ardoyne and the 2 sides were pretty evenly matched in terms of skill and speed. The Ardoyne forwards managed to break from our defence and sneaked some early scores. The Brid Og team responde, however Ardoyne managed to edge ahead and win the game.
The last and perhaps best game of the day was against Bredagh. Both teams showed great skill during this physical hard fought game. It was good to see that the winter work on catching and hand passing has started to pay dividends. A few players took some hard knocks during this game meaning continual changes in players. However the game was nail biting from start to finish and ended in a 0-1 to 0-1 draw.
The players hurled brilliantly today in some very difficult conditions and with many more weeks of these games ahead, there should be plenty more exciting games to come.
I would like to thank John and Tara for helping with the team and also for refereeing and also thanks to our parents for their support. Thanks to Micky and his team for organising the games, but most of all a big thank you to the team for turning out and playing to their best in some very difficult conditions.
Brid Og Panel
Adam Brian Caelem Conlan David Eoghan Katie Lorcan Owen Niall D Niall M Pearse Sophia Zack