With the kids coming to the end of their mid term break and after having a weekend free from matches due to the Easter holidays, our players were keen to get back out on the field of play and see some game time. It was football action this week for our under 10s and 8s both participating in games last weekend.
On Saturday morning our under 8 Footballers were in Doneraile to compete in the RebelOg MonsterBlitz. In the first game we played Charleville, This was a really enjoyable game with Caoimhe, Sean and Niall showing some great skill and scoring ability. In the second game we played Milford. Indya and Rory played really well for the full game. In the third and final match we played Killavullen. Jamie, Cian, Will and Luke really showed their array of skills, with some fine passing and scoring. All these games were played to the highest of standard at this age level. The kids put on a great show for all the parents and supports at the game. Panel of players on the day: Will Ladd Finn,Rory and Niall Murray, Sean Barry, Cian Sheedy, Luke Twomey, Caoimhe Looney, Indya Swarc and Jamie Burke.
On Friday last our under 10 footballers made the journey to Mitchelstown were we took on a well drilled and highly skilled Mitchelstown team in a good game of football. Right from the off you could tell both sets of players have been working hard at training since the start of the year. Both teams were giving a master class in hand passing and kick passing that would often been seen at older age groups. Mitchelstown started the scoring spree with a goal and a point, but credit to our inside forward line who soon got these scores back. From this point to the break it was nip and tuck with some fine scores and individually battles taking place. The message at half time to the players was simple to keep doing what they have been doing all along. We made a number changes at the break and the new players that came in kept the same level of intensity and skill as the first half. The second half panned out the same as the first half with Mitchelstown getting on the score board first, but yet again our boys and girls showed great determination to claw the lead back. With the minimum between the teams entering the last minute it was or youngest panel member Luke Twomey who kicked the equalizing point. This leveled the scoring on the night.
In goals Jack was very calm and composed when clearing his lines and finding a black and red jerseys at every opportunity. Daniel, Rory and Aine put in fine performances with some great blocks and clearances. Cian Looney playing his first game in defense, played like a player that has always been there. In midfield, Michael, Dean and Nathan had a battle on there hands against a very good midfield pairing from Mitchelstown. However when the questions were asked they stood up to the challenge. Up front, Lorcan, Peter, Luke and Morgan linked up well through out the game. This link play resulted in some fine goals and points being scored.
Again well done to both teams who gave a 100% effort and commitment.Thanks to Mitchelstown for a fine game and well prepared pitch. Panel of players: Jack and Luke Twomey, Peter O Keeffe, Daniel McGuickin, Rory Dempsey, Aine Burke, Michael Casey Hanely, Dean Fitzharris, Cian Looney, Lorcan Murry, Morgan McGrellis and Nathan Murry.
Unfortunately on the night, Michael Casey Hanley, sustained a nasty injury, Shanballymore GAA club would like to take this opportunity to wish Michael all the best and a speedy recovery.