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U11 hurlers update

11 May, 2013

The Under-11 Hurlers recently played two matches in Dublin competitions. In sunny but windy conditions they travelled to play group leaders Croabh Chiarain in Donnycarney on Saturday, 27th April. Missing our Scoil Chualain contingent, Bray travelled with the bare minimium more in hope than expectation. Playing with the hill and the wind, Bray started well with great contributions from Sam, Sebastain and Jack in midfield ensuring good ball into the forward line where Ben and Art were a constant thorn in the side of the Croabh Chiarain defence. A good save by the Craobh Chiarain goalkeeper prevented Aodaoin scoring with Daniel improving as the half wore on. Bray’s defence of Hannah, Tadhg, Cathal and Rory ensured there was nothing easy for the Craobh Chiarain forward line with Zack also making a number of notible saves and providing long and accurate puck outs. The scoreline at half time did not reflect the level of effort and hard work put in by everyone in the first half.
Playing up a hill and against a stiff breeze one would have assumed Bray would have wilted under constant pressure but if anything Bray upped their performance with Rory and Hannah making brave blocks when goals looked certain to be conceded and Tadhg continued his good form from the first half to keep his man scoreless. Sebastain in a man marking role on the oppositions best player gave a master class in how to dominate a player who was twice his size with sheer determination. Cathal when moved to midfield ensured more ball going into the forward line where Aodain and Daniel were very unlucky not to get on the scoreboard. Art and Ben continued to harry and hassle their markers and the high standard of block and tackling was impressive. Sam when put into goal made two excellent saves and Zack now operating in the back line made a clearance off the line which is well worth a mention. Two excellently worked scores by Sam and Jack was all the team had to show for their efforts This was the best performance so far in the campaign against very strong opposition and it was very much a team effort.Special mention, however, must go to Jack Treacy (remember the name) who was outstanding all the way through and was complimented by the Croabh Chiarain coach afterwards for his standard of play. Special thanks to Craobh Chiarain for a good sporting game and to the referee, he wasn't noticed throughout the game (the best compliment that can be given to a referee!)
Team: Zack Collins capt, Hannah Surples, Rory Mulcahy, Tadhg McCarthy, Cathal Eddy, Sam Kearney, Sebastain Coleman, Jack Treacy, Daniel Munro, Ben Gorman, Art Whittle, Aodain Daly.
On Saturday, 11th May, this 2002 group played their first game in the Dublin League after the completion of the grading league. Their opponents were Crumlin who were keen to make their mark at the grade. From the off Crumlin were quick off the mark and Bray were lucky that the defence of Rory, Gavin, Tadhg and Aaron were on their game ensuring chances were kept to a premium. Excellent blocking and pucks outs from Sam allowed Bray to come more into the match with Jack, Hannah and Zack now getting on top in midfield. Brian was very dangerous up front and scored an excellent point and Bray were beginning to dominate with Eoin Holmes getting onto more ball. The use of goal-keepers to take frees is now common place with Sam coming out to score an excellent 65 and shortly after Riain scored an excellent goal after great work from Ben another pont from Brian and Jack before half time had Bray ahead but after playing with a strong breeze.
The second half started well for Crumlin with two well taken points, but Bray again responded with two well worked points for Gavin and Sam. Bray's defence now was under more pressure but excellent work from Tadhg Rory and Finn were keeping Crumlin's attacks at bay. Jack continued to work very hard at midfield winning ball and getting frees which led to an excellently taken goal by Brian.Hannah, Ben, Riain and Eoin continued to work tirelessly and Zack now in goal continued to clear his lines. Aaron though injured put in a huge effort and in the end despite Crumlin's best efforts Bray ran out winners.
This was an excellent result for Bray, but the manner in which it was achieved was praiseworthy as everyone played their best resulting in some well worked scores and some stout defending. Thanks to Michael Roddy and Gary Prunty for the use of some of their players. Thanks to Crumlin for a very even and sporting match and special mention to the ref who helped set up the pitch (that doesn't happen every day!!)
Team: Sam Kearney, Rory Mulcahy, Tadhg McCarthy, Gavin Rochford, Eoin Holmes, Aaron O'Rourke, Jack Treacy (capt) Zack Collins, Hannah Surples, Riain MacMaolin, Ben Gorman, Finn Treacy.

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