9th January 2020
The new year GAA season started with SW Antrim's Cumann na mBunscol's Indoor Hurling Tournament at the Antrim Forum. We had two indoor hurling teams who took part in the competition.
Well done to the boys; their coach, Mr McKenna; and to the club for their assistance on the day.
One of the teams went all the way to the final of the competition and lost out on a golden goal. Super work. We look forward now to taking this positive attitude and skills on to the outdoor pitches in the spring.
Next week it is the girls in the camogie competition.
Alliance Cumman na mBunscol SW Antrim Indoor Hurling: Competition Report
Nine days into the New Year and Mary Queen of Peace young hurlers were on the road to the Antrim Forum with two teams, of fifteen lads in total, taking to the courts. They faced teams from Creggan, Millquarter, Mount St. Michael’s (Randalstown), Gaelscoil Gleann Darach (Crumlin), St. Comcille’s (Ballymena),St. Brigid’s (Ballymena) and St.Joseph’s (Crumlin).
The competition was a very tight affair with one of the Mary Queen of Peace teams qualifying for the top four by the skin of their teeth.
The semi-finals saw ourselves up against the St.Colmcille lads who finished in first place. Having been defeated by the Ballymena boys 3-2 in the league stage we knew it was going to be tight but the boys really dug in to produce their finest display, winning 4-0. In the other semi-final, between Mount St. Michael’s and Creggan, the Lough Shore lads came out on top with a Golden Goal in extra time.
The final was a tense affair and the Creggan lads got the better of us and were deservedly winning 2-0 with the game all but over when we were handed the lifeline of a penalty which brought it to 2-1 and with last puck of the game we equalised. Into extra time we went with the golden goal in operation and it was the same deadly marksman from Creggan who scored the Golden Goal in the semi-final, who scored the Golden Goal in the final and the trophy was on its way to the Lough Shore. Well done to Creggan and also well done to all our boys who represented the school today in this competition.
Many thanks to the coaches in the club who are working with these young boys; the club for supplying the mini-bus; and finally a heartfelt thanks to Séamus Mc Mullan who drove the bus and helped in the management of the teams and to Pauline Mulholland who made out the fixtures. There are more competitions coming up in both codes so we would ask the boys to keep on practising.