Well done to all the mentors, the parents and of course to our future young stars
It was a cracking evening in St. John's Park on Thursday May 25th when one of our youngest groups the O'Loughlin Gaels hosted neighbour James Stephen's GAA. The Village colours always draws curioisity around the St. John's Park venue and the sizeable crowd that gathered were not dissappointed. It was perfect conditions..the sun was shining..the grass was freshly cut and all players from both clubs were on top form to serve up a hurling spectacle.
Well done to all the mentors, the parents and of course to our future young stars
Brilliant Day at Croke Park for Rising Stars
What a day for our young stars as the U8s took full advantage of Leinster GAA's invitation to an Activity Day at Croke Park. Over 30 of O'Loughlin Gaels best set off from St. John's Park on Tuesday afternoon accompanied by mentors, Brendan O'Leary and Brian Fox and a host of equally excited parents. It was a day for big kids as well as small kids.
The Journey Was Calm..as can be expected!!......
On arrival proper studs had to be checked, extra hurls accounted for and hurls gripped before entering the field of play...
Then on to the big accasion...and into the dressing rooms... These moments were way too tense for photgraphs and the management wanted no distractions so all press and media were asked to wait outside while the Deise man and the Tipp man gave our heros a pre match talk (....was there no one else!!!)
Then out of the dressing rooms and into the tunnel under the Cusack Stand ..the butterflys were building but the sight of club support in the stands helped to ease any nerves before the boys burst onto the the pitch.
Great moments as our boys enter the arena.....
On to the pitch so...get a few of the formalities out of the way...team photo, shaking hands with the dignitaries.. sponsors ..all that other stuff that hurlers don't want. These boys just want to hurl...so when the whistle sounded they were off and everything you'd expect of a Gael was demonstrated by these lads on the Croke Park sod. ..lovely hurling.
Once the games ended it was on to the Hogan Stand podium for the end of match presentations. The team loving every minute of it. All those present witnessed an image as rare as a sighting of Big Foot in the Himalayas ...a Waterford man on the steps of the Hogan Stand!
A big thanks to sponsors Liitlewoods Ireland, organisers Leinster GAA and Croke Park for a brilliant opportuity for our young players. As always thanks to our juvenie sponsors MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre for kitting our boys out.
Days like this are what dreams are made of and hopefully this expereince will stand to some of our boys in the future. Thanks to the parents who are always on hand to help when asked and a special thanks to the mentors on the day Brendan and Brian who have great energy for O'Loughlin Gaels GAA.
U8s RAID MAYNOOTH GAA & STORM CROKE PARK
Our Super U8s Traveled to Croker park to support our Kilkenny heroes at The Leinster Final. One of many juvenile groups that made the trip the boys accepted the invitation from Maynooth GAA to hot them in a series of pre-final challenge games. The challenges were fierce as is to be expected now when travelling away with every hurling club around the country putting in huge efforts in coaching young hurlers for the future. All skills were on show and some fine young hurlers spotted. Rest easyeveryone because the future is looking bright. One day we'll see a handful of these lads take centre stage themselves in Croker Park on Leinster Final day.
Hurling over it was time to raid the hospitality suite at Maynooth GAA and the boys weren't left wanting there either. The performance at the bun table was equally as ferocious as their performance on the field of play. Well done and a big thanks to everyone at Maynooth GAA for their generous hospitality .
All done back on the bus and off to Croker Park where the boys were treated to the wonder of the big stadium and a classic Kilkenny Performance.
Well done Kilkenny..well done boys and well done to all involved at U8's mentoring. Keep p the great work.
Photos from Leinster Final Day's action against Maynooth GAA
Enjoying the Croker Park Experience....
The u8s and u10s played two Gaelic Football games last night against St. Martins of Muckalee at a very pleasant St. Johns Park. Big numbers and plenty of goals entertained the supporting parents and family from both teams on what was a very enjoyable evening. Picture shows Eoin Mulhearne with a selection of our u8s & u10 stars getting a close look at 'little' Sam McGuire Cup won by Eoin and the Kilkenny Senior Football team last month. Well done to our budding footballers and thanks to Eoin for bringing along the cup.
U8s at Faithfest Hurling Blitz.
26 young Gaels took part today in the Diocese of Ossory Faithfest u8s Hurling Blitz. The youngsters played 3 games each and as you can see really got stuck in. Their determination was evident all the way through and the afternoon ended with the lads being presented medals from Kilkenny Hero Jackie Tyrell. This would have been the first medal ever earned by some of these players in the O'Loughlin Gaels colours. With performances like today's we have no doubt they'll have plenty more medals as the years roll on. Well done to all the players, mentors and parents today and thanks to the organisers for such a great morning.
U8s travelled to Kilmacud Crokes GAA yesterday (Sunday) and took part in their annual October Festival of Hurling. And certainly it was a hurling fest that our young lads provided. Two O'Loughlins teams played a whopping 5 matches each providing every player with plenty of game time. 12 clubs from all over the country provided 20 teams to compete. The boys as usual didn't disappoint as they fought and played hard to grind out some great results over top opposition such as Kilmacud, NaFianna, (both Dublin), Roanmore (waterford), Eire óg Nenagh and Castlecomer. The teamwork displayed, the intensity shown and the skills demonstrated were testament to the hard work they put in all year. Darragh Powell broke the opposition hearts on a number of occasions notching up a couple of long distance scores for his efforts. Eoghan O'Brien too weaved and cut through defences like a hot knife through butter causing all sorts of problems for defences all day and bagged himself a couple of scores in the process. There were huge performances too from Sean O'Neill, Sean Falsey and Sean Morrissey. Daniel McCormack showed his diversity by looking comfortable no matter what position he played. J J Mooney and Conor Murphy worked tirelessly to keep the ball moving forward. Opposition forwards were dispersed and scattered like bowling pins by the powerful Michael Lambert as he so often drove forward and cleared ball from his lines often aided by the equally powerful Greg Kelly. David Balfour, Luke Quigley, Ryan Houlihan and Andrew Comerford were relentless in their efforts, while Daniel Byrne on more than one occasion won the 'dirty ball' for his team. Luke Hanrahan dazzled and he wasU8swarded with a good a goal as you'll see in Semple Stadium on a summers' Sunday. Cormac Wall showed plenty of spirit in midfield as his hooking and blocking smothered attacks. Mathew Howe gave 100% until he became ill putting in some hard and strong tackles. U8 Camogie star Ena Lawlor also chipped in with a wonderful hook to prevent a ball being cleared and was unlucky on a number of occasions not to score. Conor Coyne's, Harry Nolan's and Eoghan O'Callaghan's contributions were essential to the days success as was Zach Evans, who's wearing of the number 9 jersey was no coincidence as he could easily be a contender for hurler of the year...just like Kilkenny's no 9, Richie Hogan. Before the team bus departed from Dublin the boys enjoyed a post match 'banquet' thanks to the club in recognition of all their hard work.
Big thanks to Kilmacud for a fantastic day. It was brilliant to see so many parents make the trip with the boys too..your presence at every age group is encouraged and on this occasion it definitely spurred the players on to a superb final team performance of 2014. Thanks to all involved and we look forward to next spring for the throw in to a new season.
Well done to all the u8s who travelled to Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin today (Sunday) to take part in a tournament. Excellent display and winning performances from the lads to make the club proud. Picture shows some of the team at the post match reception in Dublin this evening. Full report to follow.
O'Loughlins u8s held their last session of the year in St.Johns Park on Sunday morning with an exhibition blitz of games viewed by parents and friends. The panel divided into 4 teams of red, green, blue and white and played 3 group games each of an exceptionally high standard. Drop shots, blocks, hooks, strikes and shot stopping were some of the skills that this group of lucky parents were fortunate to witness. All games were so competitive any of the teams could have came out on top. After some totting up team red played team blue in the cup final and team green played team white in the shield. Both finals were high octane with every player giving 100%. The morning ended with each player receiving a club certificate awarded for their efforts this past season. Captains of each team were picked on consistent work rate throughout the year and each received a prize. Luke Quigley, Michael Lambert, Conor Murphy and Darragh Powell all received their prizes with Darragh as captain of the winning team received the coveted O'Loughlins Gaels Mug.
Next Sunday O'Loughlin Gaels u8s travel to Kilmacud Crimes GAA in Dublin for their final tournament of 2015. Best of luck boys.