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Bray U13 Hurlers prove competitive Hosts Leinster Feile

13 September, 2008

While there were many senior intercounty stars competing on the main kicking pitch, there was no shortage of underage stars competing in the Leinster U13 hurling competition.

Bray Emmets U13 hurlers certainly demonstrated heart, determination and no shortage of skill as they hosted the Leinster Feile Hurling competition at Old Conna.

Run in parallel with the MBNA Kick Fada, a large crowd milled around expectantly wondering how Bray would cope in a group containing Mount Sion (Waterford), Drumcullen (Offaly) and Naas (Kildare).

First up was Naas who provided lively opposition. Bray overcame a slow start to lift the tempo and pull off a blistering second half performance to win this game.

Mount Sion were next up and although tradition favoured the famous Waterford team, the local lads didn't read the script and tore in to the visitors from the throw in. A hugely competitive display saw Bray come narrowly on top.  Drumcullen was the last test in this group. A test passed with flying colours. The Bray hurlers were enjoying the day as they had the opportunity to test their skills against new opposition.  With three wins out of three, Bray qualified to play Portlaoise who were winners of the second group. This group was also played at Old Conna. This group comprised Naomh Eanna (Wexford) O'Donovan Rossa (Antrim), Port Laoise (Laois), Thomastown (Kilkenny).

Portlaoise proved to be deserving winners as a first half performance put intense pressure on the young Bray team. However, credit must go to the entire panel for the fighting spirit they displayed in the second half.

Thanks to all who contributed in organising a very well run U13 Feile Competition.

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