Heading to Ballinakill early Sunday morning, Greystones Éire Óg Under 13s hurling team knew they had one tough final ahead of them.
They’d played Carnew Emmets GAA last year, and it was close. Very close.
And now, with the County Champions title within both their grasps, the match at the Wicklow GAA Centre of Excellence was going to be a clash of the ash to the very finish.
And so it would prove, with the final score leaving just two points difference between the winners and the losers. Luckily, Greystones’ lads were on the winning side, having 3 goals and 5 points to Carnew’s 3 goals and 3 points.
It was very much a team effort, of course, and in among the triumphant young Greystonians, Man of the Match went to Tomas O’Connell, whilst the all important points came from Paddy Marrinan, Joshua Barry, the bould Tomas, Charlie Nolan and Jack Caffrey, whilst the goals came from Tom Meyler, Seamus Darcy and, once again, young Paddy.
The rest of the winning team comprised of James O’Dowd, Alec Bartak, Daniel Burns, Cathal Kirby, Sean Meyler, Ryan Ovenden, Darragh Shanahan, Piaras Healy, Cillian Goff, Sean Lehane, Daragh Keogh, Hugh O’Carroll, Oscar Lane, Evan Wylie, Nathan Collins, Evin Donnelly, Ryan McCormack, Callum McCormack and Dean Balfe.
Big shout-out to the coaches and the managers too, of course. The team couldn’t have won it without ya’s. Probably. Oh, and the U13s are Division 1 League winners too, bejiggers.
In the meantime, we swung down this evening to talk to co-captains Jack and James about going in for the kill at Ballinakill…
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