On Wednesday 3rd June our junior hurlers played in a blitz in Dolphin Park. It was a lovely sunny day which brought with it some fantastic hurling. The level of skill showed the hard work these boys have done during the year. Our boys played five games; they won four and drew one which meant they earned enough points to lift the trophy.
In our first game we played Scoil Íosagain and the lads got off to a flying start with goals from Callum Flynn who pounced on a long delivery from Sean Roche. Further scores came from Sean Roche himself, Nathan Maguire, Leon Wilson and Daniel McCann.
The next game was a local derby versus our neighbours Francis Street. It was a close game where we only got the winning score near the end.
Following this game we encountered the well trained Griffith Barracks Primary sSchool. This game really tested the lads and it brought with it some very tough tackling. There were some excellent performances in that game from JoshConlon and Karol Nowakowski in the forwards and Mario Lucaci and Patrick Mihoc in defence, however a special mention must be given to Karl Hanley in this game. If it were not for him we would have lost by several points as he made 3 fantastic saves to keep us in the game.
After 3 fine wins the lads took a well earned break to have some lunch and a rest as our toughest opponents were coming in the next game. In that game we played St. Catherine’s who had us beaten 3 goals to one with only a minute left. This was time for our Player of the tournament Seán Roche to step up and deliver 2 fine goals. The second one was the last puck of the game where he found himself close to the corner flag on his own and turned and rifled the sliotar to the top left corner to give us a very important draw on our path to glory. In this game we had some tough tackling by our full back Rhys Walsh who was destined to not let anyone score easily.
Finally we had our last game. This was against Synge Street who had been fielding two teams all day but put together their best team for the final match. Unfortunately for them St. Audoen’s were on a roll and were not about to let the trophy slip from our grasp. The boys got a great start with a goal early on and from there they pushed on to get a few more. Throughout the game we had all the hurling skills on show from Kevish Arjoon, Christopher Dunne, Troy O’Connell, Ben and Daire Mooney who gave it their all right up until the final whistle.
After a tough days hurling our Captain Daire Mooney lifted the Corn Geraldine Reade for the school’s first time. Well done boys. It’s now time to get up to Kevin’s GAA for the summer to practice those hurling skills further.
Thanks to Peter and Paul from Kevin’s Club for all of their organising. We had a super day.