Raheny GAA Under-10 Hurlers trip to Cork - 9th June 2012

posted Aug 31, 2015, 4:32 PM by Ken Lodge   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 4:32 PM by RahenyGAA Web & Social Media Team ]

The departure time was due to be 6:45am but once Mr Cantankerous the Bus Driver found Raheny 
(typical southsider) we got on the road to Cork.  The best u10 hurlers in the country awaited the Raheny dual-code players in Newtownshandrum for the Dennis Naughton Annual Tournament. A beautiful day with fantastic playing conditions greeted us as we arrived at 10:30 in the picturesque Cork village.  

A welcome cuppa was had by the mentors who witnessed sandwich making on an industrial scale - 

the lunch was sorted!

The games kicked off at 11:00am and little did we know that we were pitched into the deep end - we were up against the Loughrea team first. The early start and long journey meant we were a bit slowly into our stride and the eventual tournament winners flew out of the blocks. They built up a nice lead before half time but fair play to the Raheny boys who picked up the pace to make the second half a much more competitive affair.

The second game against Ballyhea was much closer and Raheny were very unlucky to concede the lead to a lucky goal that decided the game.  Early tournament favourites Sixmilebridge, stung by defeat to Loughrea and the Davy-Fitz like verbals from the coaching staff provided stern opposition in the next game but the lads again held their ground very well indeed. 

Before the last game was the banquet of a lunch provided by the hosts and we took to the field for the final game against Clonulty-Rossmore from Tipp.  The sambos, hula hoops, apple tarts, buns and cakes plus the addition of a sweltering sun meant that the game was played at a little slower pace but included some fine scores from both sides.

In all a very enjoyable and fruitful day in Cork, the added excitement of the bus breaking down on the way back meant that we changed eating plans to Limerick City where we were well looked after.  We arrived back safe and sound at 8pm in the club.  The lads did the club proud and behaved with manners and respect throughout the day and held their own as I said against the best of hurling clubs in the country who play hurling and only hurling!

We all had a great day, we were made feel very welcome from the start and everyone got involved and all played very well.  As our host, Newtownshandrum Chairman, John Geary, said in his speech, “hurling was the winner on the day!”    

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