Group 1 – The weather was kind to us on our first visit to play St. Kevins, where our team had the opportunity to play 2 matches. What is great to report is that owing to the great turnout, we were able to get a total of eleven players on the pitch for both matches, and we had the opportunity to try different players in different positions.
First mention is to Cillian, who had his first outing with Ger’s and played really well in both goal and in defense
We had Eavan and James working really hard in midfield, Sami and Jack winning great ball in the forwards.
Conor O’R and Conor S played did really well both in defense and midfield.Oscar did super work in moving the ball upfield from both the full back and midfield position. This allowed both Rian and Aryn to setup some great attacks on goal.Our first game took us a while to settle, but we did find a better rhythm in the second match and plenty of scores ensued. It was great to see the smiles all round after the match and well done to all involved

Pat Connolly

Group 2 – We played 2 matches against St Kevin’s hurling club in our first “away” fixture.  We had a team “huddle” before throw in and agreed to focus on two things: Have Fun and Get Stuck In…. In the first match, we initially struggled to meet the pace of the game and conceded a few early scores.  However, as the game progressed our team started to show the skills that they have picked up and took the game to their opponents.  In the second half in particular, we were very competitive against our more experienced opponents.  Aaron and Jamie single-handedly prevented scores with great interceptions close to our goal line and further up the pitch Christian and Aidan showed some great touches to win possession and pass the ball to their teammates.

In the second match, we got off to a stronger start and maintained this effort into the second half.  Luke Redmond and Aryn were impressive, regularly winning tackles in the middle of the pitch and preventing St Kevin’s from breaking down the field.  Dara and Luke Mason appeared to be everywhere, throwing themselves into tackles with bravery and skill and driving the team forward.  While we unfortunately lost the match, all the boys performed very strongly and noticeably improved as the games progressed.

In our team huddle after the final whistle, I told the boys that I was proud of the way they got “stuck in” and asked if they had fun.  My eardrums are still ringing from the resounding “Yes”.

Mark Redmond