U7’s Blitz Foxrock Geraldines v Cuala
Things started off slowly as we only began the first few minutes with 14 players as opposed to 19 players which we had prepared for. Early start time was hampered by the Late Late Toy Show late night show. But with Cuala sporting no less than 8 teams and representations from Castleknock and Bray also in attendance, it was a brisk, busy and jovial atmosphere.
Coaches Pat and Mark took the players up for a quick warm up and we got them suited up in helmets and hurls for the battle ahead. What was most encouraging for the coaches was the eagerness of all the players to be involved in both codes. From Oscar Kenny showing up with a bruised face to young Christian Kenny giving his all in what he has voiced in the past not to be his favourite of sports. As can be seen from the photos all 19 players that were in attendance from Dara Claffey to Mathew Kearney stuck their hurls in and gave everything for the cause from start to finish.
Sami Chorbachi was his usual busy self, including a strong showing in nets which allowed him to hone his skills with connecting with pucks out from his net. Jamie Murphy-Hanan was also very prevalent around the pitch. Top marks go to James Seville and Conor Story for their contributions as well as Rian O’ Neill and Jack Purcell who got stuck in well. Cuala always had the upper hand as they have had a system of hurling in place for a lot longer in their training drills. But let’s take nothing from the boy’s effort and attitude. Practice will definitely make perfect.
In the other games, Eavan Connolly’s hurling background, allowed us to have a strong midfield showing in 2 of the games, and he was admirably supported by Aidan Jones and Aron McCoy. A few bumps and bruise along the way, will encourage closer tackling in the hurling in the future.
This is where Geraldines turned the tables, Cuala had the superiority in the code of hurling but were into all sorts of trouble in the football stakes. Geraldine’s literally tore into them from start to finish. From nowhere Daniel Bonnier, Dara Claffey and Conor Storey were all over the ball. Making tackles, including team mates, passing, clearing, blocking, the games had it all from all Foxrock players. Oscar Kenny blocked down one certain 3 pointer. April never played better in the nets and outfield and far out played most of the Cuala players. Luke Redmond got over a difficult start in goals to dominate. Luke Mason shone for his team kicking 3 points and hitting the post while on the other side James Seville also showed his basic skills by kicking his points when he got the chance. Oscar Kenny harried the Cuala defenders and Matthew Kearney and Jack Purcell were totems at the back line.
In the other grouping we had a glorious moment when in a 3 player move, Aryn Kelly to Sami Chorbachi, who kicked long to James O’Leary, with an excellent left foot over the centre of the crossbar(a moment that made all the coaching worthwhile). Aryn Kelly worked tirelessly through the matches, and with Aidan Jones they really worked hard in tackling and tracking back.
So in summary, Cuala enjoyed superiority in the hurling games but it was effectively evened out by Geraldines’s noticeably stronger skill levels and work ethic in the football. Kudos to all involved on what was another successful and very enjoyable morning.