Maynooth, June 23rd 2013.



 On Sunday the 23rd June the U11 team headed to Maynooth for a blitz, fifteen boys travelled, two coaches and a number of parents. We left the club at 7.30am and arrived to a great reception from Maynooth GAA club. Our first game was against the home team Maynooth, after a slow start our lads rallied themselves in the second half and put in a fine performance to be narrowly beaten. Castlegar man of the match award went to Cillian Callaghan.

Our second game was against Kilmacud Crokes from Dublin. The lads disappointed after the first game started very strongly and got an early lead, although we had lots more chances we failed to convert a number of them but we finished the half strongly with a goal. The lads came out second half against the wind and worked very hard hooking and blocking and getting in around players, with the high work rate and a number of great performances we finished the game strongly with some good scores and came out well on top. Castlegar man of the match award went to Lee Fahy.

Our last group game was against O’Loughlin Gaels from Kilkenny and we needed a win to get to the final. The lads were really up for the game and again got a great start with some early scores. They all played really well, O'Loughlin’s had no answer to our work rate and we finished the game strongly with a number of well worked scores. Castlegar man of the match award went to Robbie Cullinan.

We had reached the final against Maynooth, at this stage the lads were getting tired after the early start, bus trip and the three games. The game started and within a minute Maynooth had scored a goal then a second, our lads heads went down for a few minutes but finished wethe half strongly and were very unlucky, hitting the post and shooting narrowly wide. They battled very hard in the second half but couldn't hit the target and were narrowly beaten in the end by a very strong Maynooth team. Castlegar man of the match was Justin Mulhall.

We would sincerely like to thank Maynooth for the invitation and hospitality on the day and look forward to meeting them in the future. Maynooth also sent an email to the coaches stating that it was a huge honour for them to have a club of Castlegar's stature coming to play and that not only were our lads fine hurlers but also the best behaved on the day. The fifteen lads were a credit to the club on and off the pitch. The panel who travelled were, Cillian Callaghan, Lee Fahy, Jamie Keane, Malachy Feeney, Jason Sweeney, Christopher Kelly, Michael John Fahy, Leigh Nolan, Des Hynes, Cian Gillespie, Kevin O'Boyle, Rory Hickey, Justin Mulhall, Robbie Cullinan and Bernard Sarapong. Unable to travel on the day were Daniel McNulty, Ben McSweeney and Markian Yarema. We would also like to thank the parents who travelled for their help on the day.