Last Saturday 15/09/2012 our U11 team won the Jim Doyle shield at the annual tournament hosted by Oranmore Maree GAA Club.

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Numbers are short at this particular age group and even when all of them are available three or four U10 players are required to make up the team. On Saturday our U10 team were competing in the St. Mary's centenary tournament at the same time, so U8 and U9 players were called in. Conditions were windy and at times wet and that combined with a weakened team meant it was a tough task for the lads to be competitive. They set about the job with great enthusiasm and produced some fine hurling to beat Turloughmore in their first game. Their next game however was against hosts Oranmore-Maree who are exceptionally strong at this age group and they ran out deserving winners. With heads down after that loss and tiredness creeping in also, Liam Mellows took advantage to win the next game. With two losses the cup final was now out of reach, but they made it to the shield final where they faced Turloughmore again. Before that game the players, mentors and parents were treated to some superb hospitality at Maree community centre. Our hosts must have been expecting the Cashel senior squad given the amount of food they provided. Having had a good break the lads were in great spirits for the shield final where they produced their best performance of the day to win. Of the older players the best on the day were Sean Neary whose leadership, physicality and work rate were of great benefit and Shane Murphy who has improved hugely since his switch to the defence, his determination not to be beaten to any ball was a great example to the younger players. Those younger players deserve great credit for their efforts, special mention must go to Daragh Neary who played in all the games and showed from the very start that he was there to compete and not just make up the numbers and also goalkeeper Rory Hickey, standing in goals facing players two or three years older must have been a daunting prospect, but he stuck to his task with a smile on his face from start to finish. The squad for the day was, Mark Pollard, Ciaran Connor, Peter Coyne, Adam Walsh, Gearoid Pollard, Sean Neary, Mark Coyne, Ethan Connolly, Darren Costello, David Connell, Kevin Grennan, John Kilgannon, Shane Murphy, Rory Hickey, Daragh Neary, Liam O'Reilly, Hugh Kilgannon and Mikey Higgins. Below are some photos of the team, captain Shane Murphy receiving the shield from Jim Doyle's widow and some of the players receiving their medals from Oranmore-Maree and Galway player Niall Burke. Many thanks again to hosts Oranmore-Maree GAA Club.