Our U10 boys meet at St Mark’s in Tallaght for a 4-team blitz on what was perfect morning for Gaelic. It was a rapid fire blitz, with three 10-a-side, twenty minute games. Our opposition was from St Marks, Stars of Erin (both of which had beaten us quite comprehensively in our last meetings) and St James’ Gaels (a team we had not met before). But our boys were ready and certainly looked the part, with everyone having full club kit.

We started against St Mark’s, a really terrific team, and battled well throughout. It ended as a low scoring game, largely because of the quality of our defence (with Jack, JD and Eoin B doing an outstanding job) while Charlie and Omar chased and harried up front to ensure that the opposition never got fully into their stride. Unfortunately we lost by a single point but it boded well for the remaining games.

Next we faced Stars of Erin, who started at a frightening pace, and we looked as if we were in for a long 20 minutes. In fairness to the boys – five of whom had not played the first game – they dug in and started to battle for every ball. Slowly we got into our stride, picking off points and continuing our defensive efforts, and in the end we won the game by a couple of points. A fantastic achievement thanks especially to Padriag, Cian and Sam up-front and Zeb (who scored a screamer on his debut) and Dylan in defence.

Buoyed by that victory, we moved quickly to face St James’ Gaels. Again, we came under pressure very quickly, but on this occasion we didn’t have enough in the tank, and we slipped to a comprehensive defeat. That said, there were flashes of brilliance from Eoin H (who scored a great long range free), Liam, who had moved into the middle of the field, and Ben who was playing outfield.

Thanks to St Mark’s for hosting a great blitz; thanks to all the parents who supported from the sidelines; the refs; to all of boys for their fantastic efforts and finally to Robbie, who was really outstanding throughout and was our man-of-the-match.