It was a bright and sunny morning in Castleblayney last Friday as the u14 team met to begin their Féile 2019 weekend of hurling. Before boarding the bus bound for Cloughduv in Cork, the u14 panel met sponsors Elaine @PixiesWorld, Kingspan, Evelann’s Boutique, Declan Loughman Sport and Broomfield Construction for photography and well wishes from their families.
Greeted with warmth and hospitality by the hosts, the team warmed up under the watchful eyes of mentors Patrick McArdle, Kevin Moloney and Eddie Heavin. 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 score line 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.