Foxrock Geraldines 2006
Blitz – Cuala 2nd November 2013
The Under 7’s continued their preparation for Go Games in 2014, by participating in a Blitz at Cuala’s grounds in Dalkey on Saturday 2nd November. The day started with rumours of cancellations, but the weather improved dramatically prior to the planned start time of 9am.
We lined out with 2 teams of 7, and had 6 games each planned for the event. This was an historical day in our development of hurling in the club, as the blitz was a hurling and football blitz, and would give our teams a chance to practice the skills we have been teaching them in our newly formed hurling academy. We took to the field of play for our warm up’s, led by Stephen and Mark our coaches, and then kitted the team out with their helmets and hurleys for the first of 3 matches in hurling. A lesson for all Blitz in the future, is to give plenty of time for this – thanks to all the parents for their support.
Group A – With a strong wind against us, we started our first hurling match and the team worked hard throughout. Our opposition had plenty of experience on their side, and began to dominate the early phases of possession; a resolute defence and great goal keeping by Dara Claffey kept the score to a low level. Our second and third games began to allow us to develop our attacking potential with great ground strokes by Aidan Jones, Aron McCoy, and Jack Purcell, proving an excellent goalkeeper.
We started the next phase of matches in gaelic football, after a quick changeover out of the helmets, and discarding the hurleys. Match 1, was a bit one sided with a strong Cuala dominating the early phases, but good defending by Sami Chorbachi and Oscar Kenny kept the score close. Match 2 and 3, were very different, when our ability to keep position allowed us to start putting together some excellent passing, and some fine long range scores from Christian Kenny Ward and James O’Leary. We defended our goal very well, with strong tacking from all the team, in particular Sami, Oscar and Jack. James, Dara, Aron, Aidan and Christian all demonstrated some of the key skills we have worked hard on in training for the past 6 weeks.
Group B – We had an excellent start to our first ever hurling match. We spent the first half of the match camped outside the opposition’s goal and put them under real pressure. Unfortunately, despite good shots from Luke Mason and Luke Redmond we were unable to score and were caught out by our opponents later in the game. The team made every effort in the remaining two hurling matches, with some excellent defensive work, particularly by Matthew and Jamie, forcing the more experienced Cuala teams to work extremely hard for their limited scores.
The three football matches were tight affairs with the players rotating through different positions on the team. Standout memories include goalkeeping saves from Evan and James that Stephen Cluxton would be proud of and Max’s excellent work around the middle of the field. The boys enjoyed the matches and will really benefit from the experience in preparation for the upcoming Go Games.