24th Feb 2013

Our senior hurlers had a very busy start to their season when they were in action on both Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd Feb.
First up was the opening fixture in the Cumann na mBunscol competition. Scoil Mhuire came up against very strong opposition in Gaelscoil Cluain Dolcáin and we were well beaten . There was no shortage of effort however and the boys kept on trying till the final whistle.
We had a similar start to our campaign last year but we ended up reaching the Shield final in Croke Park, so the spirits are still high.

On Friday we participated in the annual Lucan Sarsfields blitz . We found ourselves in a very tough group and were well beaten by a very strong and skilful St Mary’s Boys.
After two heavy defeats in 24 hours, the boys could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel, especially as the arctic cold descended on them on both days.
But the Scoil Mhuire boys are made of sterner stuff and they proceeded to hurl out of their skins.
After a ding-dong local derby against Scoil Áine, we lost by 2 points and then after another titanic struggle, we either beat, lost to or drew with Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, as there was some confusion about the final score.
In the end , Scoil Mhuire faced Lucan Educate Together in the “D” final and were rewarded for their heroic efforts with a well deserved victory.
Dylan Knowles, Kingsley Okakpu and Jack Butler provided great leadership.
Charlie Keher was converted into a centre back and was outstanding.
Adam McGarry hit some mighty clearances and Dean White defended very well.
Seán Egan did a stint in attack and defence and made a great contribution.
Stephen McInerney won his first cap and was a revelation.
Philip Kane was his usual skilful self.
Robert Hazely played in goal, in defence and in attack and did really well.
Ben O’Toole was tigerish and brave and stemmed many attacks.
Charlie Casely displayed some wonderful skills.
Darren Keogh and James Kebana made very good debuts.
Eoin Mahony puy in a great stint in the forward line along with Conall Chambers who showed some lovely touches.
Jake Lynam had to retire early but there will be better days ahead.

Many thanks to all the parents who braved the icy cold on Thursday and Friday.

Next up is a match on Thursday, 28th v Scoil Mológa at a Lucan venue.