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June 11th, 2019

Castleblayney Hurling Club Notes 13th June 2019

Juvenile Training schedule is as follows:

U7/U9/U11 training moves outdoors on Wednesdays from 6-7pm in St Mary’s Park Juvenile pitch. Parking at Castleblayney College and enter field by signing in at side gate. Registration forms available at training.

The Club’s Children’s Officer is Mary McArdle, 087 2394240

Monaghan Go Games blitzes announced for U7/U9 in Cloghan on Wednesdays from 7-8.30pm on the following dates: June 26th, July 17th & Aug 14th.

U-11’s will play a hurling league on Sunday mornings at 11am on the following dates: 16th June & 30th June.

U-14’s are All Ireland Champions Prior to departure for Cloughduv in Cork on Friday last, the u14 panel met sponsors Elaine @PixiesWorld, Kingspan, Evelann’s Boutique and Broomfield Construction for photography and well wishes before setting off on their Feile2019 journey. Greeted with warmth and hospitality by the hosts, the team warmed up under the watchful eyes of mentors Patrick, Kevin and Eddie. The first game at 5.30 that evening was against Millstreet of Cork and the team showed skill and tenacity, driving forward to win on a scoreline of 3.08 to 1.01. There was a slight delay beginning the next match against Bennettsbridge of Kilkenny and weariness began to show. Despite only falling behind by two scores at half time, the game ended with a comprehensive victory for the Kilkenny hurlers, who would go on to claim the Division 8 Cup title. The Bennettsbridge mentors spoke candidly to the ‘Blayney boys afterwards, focusing on the positives and the potential within the team. Saturday morning’s match against the host club was a good-natured affair with many of the younger players getting time on the field to hurl for their club. The scoreline, 2.06 to 0.2 meant that Castleblayney went forward to a shield QF at Brinny against Wolfe Tones Og of Longford. With every fibre of their being, the young lads hurled in the green and gold, winning 1.05 to 1.1 and earning a semi final place on Sunday at noon against local rivals, Naomh Moininne of Dundalk. Later on Saturday, Cloughduv organized a big screen showing of the Cork Waterford game and a skills competition for the hurling and camogie teams being hosted. All roads led to Inniscarra on Sunday morning for the semi-final and the team were also supported by the Castleblayney camogie club who travelled from Kerry. As if they were in Concra on a Monday night, the team systematically dismantled the Louth opponents and earned their place in the final on a scoreline of 3.02 to 2.1. The final against Ahan Gaels of Cork had a slight delay as the heavens opened and the mentors commented that it was just like in Golden, 3 years ago, and indeed it was a good omen. Just like then, the team ran out strong convincing winners (2.03 to 0.01) to claim their own All Ireland title, Division 8 Shield Winners 2019. Late Sunday evening the team and mentors were welcomed by families and senior hurlers, all delighted with this superb start to the juvenile’s summer of hurling, 2019.

U-13’s will compete in the semi-final of the Táin Óg on Monday next 17th June. The match is in Cloghan against Cootehill. Before this they play a challenge against the Co. Louth Development team on Wednesday departing from the Blayney football field at 6pm.

U-17’s club training resumes on Wed with U-15’s but no pressure on players undertaking exams. The opportunity to participate is there as a break from study.

All-Ireland semi-final A big well done to Brion Sherry and Alfie Hughes who have been selected to play at half time during the All Ireland Hurling semi-final. This is a wonderful achievement and a great honour for the boys & their families. Well done.

Exam time Best of luck to all players sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams, we’ll all be thinking of you.

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