P5/P6 SW Antrim Blitz
Date:24th May 2014
Brid Og were invited to the SW Antrim organised blitz at Moneyglass. The teams competing were Sean Stinson’s, All Saints Ballymena, Creggan, Rasharkin, Tir Na Nog and host club Saint Ergnats Moneyglass.
Before the blitz started there was a coaching element with the various mentors coaching another club. The skills involved were the short stick pass and the overhead block. There also a fun game thrown in before the matches started.
Our first game was against All Saints Ballymena. As our opponents only had 6 players two of our team Oran and Owen volunteered to play for Ballymena. This was a tight affair with both teams finding plenty of space and moving the sliotar quickly. Conlon in nets produced a great save and we got several late goals to take the victory the highlight being Gerard’s strike from distance.
Our second game was Creggan and again one of our players joined their ranks with Conlon volunteering to wear thr green and yellow kit. Our opponents played some great hurling and took a 3 points to nil lead. Again our never say die attitude came to the fore when we got a goal to equalise the game on scores. Both teams had chances to win the game with Oran coming closest for us but a draw was possibly the fairest result as both teams had played some great hurling on the day
Our third game was against Tir Na Nog. Unfortunately this pitch could only accommodate 7 players so we had 3 rotating subs. There was also some rotating formations during the game but with Brian giving us a safe platform from goals and Gerard and Adam in defence we restricted our opponents to on pointed score and got several points and goals ourselves.
Our fourth game was against Saint Mary’s Rasharkin and Brian continued his role in nets. Again there was only enough room for a 7 a side game so we had rolling substitutes as well. This was the game that David and Niall M had the majority of our chances and got several scores. Niall D and Conlon kept our opponents to no score. Gerard played in midfield as did Adam and Owen with Oran, Niall M, David and Pearse being rotated in our forward positions.
Unfortunately on the final whistle of this game the blitz was over and there wasn’t the time to play Ahoghill and the host side Saint Ergnats. This was a great blitz and as well as the matches there was also the coaching element as well which can only benefit our players.
I would like to thank Tom for the invite to this blitz and Colm for hosting. I would also like to thank the young whistlers provided by the host club. Thanks to John D for helping with the team and Gerard and John P for travelling to this venue. Finally well done to our P6s who hurled brilliantly today in a very well run blitz. Special mention to Conlon, Oran and Owen who volunteered to play for our opponents.
Brid Og Panel