Under 13 Hurling County Champions 2019

Saint Brigid's Primary School vs Dunlavin @ Moorefield GAA

Under 13 Hurling County Champions 2019

In September the boys arrived back from their summer holidays and eagerly anticipated the first training session. Mr Stakelum along with new teachers; Mr. O Brien and Ms. Nolan wasted no time in getting the u13 hurlers back together again on Thursday evenings. It was clear after the first training session the boys had improved on their skills over the summer by practicing at home and with their clubs. 

We had three group games against Dunlavin, Kilcullen and Clogherinkoe. We won all three after some close contests. With a while to wait until the semi – final we played a challenge against our close rivals Ballymany. After winning this game we knew we had a chance to get to the final but in our way stood Patricians. After a nervous first half in Round Towers GAA St. Brigid’s eventually found their form scoring 7 goals to advance to the finals. 

Waiting for us in the final was Dunlavin NS, who we had beaten in the group stages, but this counted for nothing. Dunlavin had improved a lot and when half time came we were a goal down, 1-2 to 0-2. This was a test of character and belief for the team and with the weather getting worse we knew the team would have to dig deep. With the words of Johnny B ringing in our ears “Drive it, Drive it, Drive it!”St Brigid’s took to the field. After keeping possession of the ball for so long we eventually got the goal to draw level. St. Brigid’s drove on from this scoring 1-2 without reply to win the final 2-4 to 1-2. 

Celebrations ensued and continued all the way back to Harte’s for some well needed refreshments. A massive well done to all the boys on answering all the questions asked of them in the u13 competition and winning the first ever hurling trophy for SBPS. Every great team has great supporters too and we would like to thank all the teachers and parents who supported us this year. 

Hurling in school now turns to the younger classes. Training for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class boys will begin indoors on Thursdays after Halloween. We will also have the “Camán Lets Hurl” programme on Tuesday mornings in November for 3rd class boys and girls . The 7-a side blitz is on in early March with the u-11 competition on from Easter to Summer. Be sure to join your local club – Round Towers GAA to make some great friends and memories.

Hurling in SBPS continues to go from strength to strength. St. Brigid’s Abú.

What did it feel like winning the final?
Sam:   Amazing, it was the best feeling I ever felt.
Brian:  It was amazing because we worked really hard for this and our hard work paid off.

What advice would you give to younger hurlers?

Adam: always go training and never give grief to the ref.
Carl: Whenever you have time practise,  always listen to your coaches and always go training. 

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