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U10 Hurling Report from St. Thomas match

posted 21 May 2012, 06:02 by Unknown user

Following on from our very successful blitz against Monaleen from Limerick, the week before, this Saturday saw the Galway Under 10 Go Games Season kick off. Our first encounter was an away fixture against St Thomas’s and this was a very keenly fought contest with some great hurling skills on display from both sides. All players got right into the thick of things from the off. Harry Mulleady provided the foundation from goals on which a great first half performance was based. His full back line provided great defence with Darragh Mongan proving that ‘thou shall not pass’ was his motto  throughout the first half. Rossa Barry was everywhere in defence with great reading of the ball from full back at all times and Max Bonsvicini-Bennet protected the left flank very solidly indeed.

In the half back line Aodhan O’Hanrahan played a great game and even threatened to give a Michael ‘Babs’ Keating impersonation before the game started, but once shod played very well. At centre-back Conor Kilkelly fought bravely for every ball that came down his channel and shook off the knocks to keep on battling while on the flank Oisin Ivers provided great service and delivery of quick ball to the inside forwards.

As we were two short Cian Pyne patrolled centre field on his own and hurled a massive amount of ball particularly in the second half when flicking the ball into space gave the chance to get ball into the hand or let fly on the ground and scoring some nice points. Eoin O’Connor gave a towering performance at centre forward and Rory Connor never stopped running and doubled on some great balls on the ground to keep play moving. On the other side Cillian O’Driscoll competed strongly for every ball that came down his wing, winning some great ball for the inside forward line, where the deadly duo of Conor O’Dwyer and Daniel Malone led an attack that found the net 4 times during game with Conor demonstrating that you never give up when blocking down a ball from the St Thomas’s keeper in the first half yielded a goal.

A special mention to Conor Burke who is out injured at present but had come along to support his team and indeed it was a job convincing him that he needs to give his injury a little more time to heal. We will see him back in the purple and gold of Kinvara very soon in the coming weeks and we wish him all the best in his recovery.

A very enjoyable outing was had by all and a big ‘Thanks’ to Alan Linnane and his team in St Thomas’s for organising the games.

Training is on again on Tuesday and remember to get out there practicing at home. Hurling is all about ‘the next ball…….’