Hurling Go Games for Under 8s / under 10s/ under 12s
All new players are encouraged to come along even if its their first time. The first blitz took place on saturday 30th July in Ballinamore where up to 40 boys and girls aged from 6 to 12 took place in various small sided games. This was a great success and provides the indroduction of hurling at a young age. The next blitz will take place in the Bee Park, Manorhamilton on Saturday 20th. The blitz scheduled for Saturday 13th in Carrick will be changed to a date in September
Under 14 Hurling Championship Final
Ballinamore hurling club won an extremely entertaining final over Cluainin Iomaint last saturday week in Pairc Tom. The Manor men started the game in emphatic fashion with Damon Beattie hitting the net and Ferghal Rooney and Martin Feeney both hitting points. But Ballinamore hit back and scored some excellent scores from Pearse Dolan to go in at half time with the advantage. Both teams contested full blooded for the sliotar in the second half. Ballinamore physical strength seemed to be the difference between both teams. The skill level from both teams was a fantastic sight. Both full backs on either side held their respective defences together with Kevin Mullen of Ballinamore giving a great display on how to catch a sliotar over his head while Cluainin Iomaint Fergus Munday broke out of defence throughout the game. Mid fielders Micheal Feely, Kieran McPartland(Cluainin Iomaint) and Conor Cullen/ Donal Feely(Ballinamore) gave it their all tackling ferociously throughout. The hurling skills of Pearse Dolan/Peter Reynolds (Ballinamore) and Stephen Loughlin/Martin Feeney and Ferghal Rooney (Cluainin Iomaint) shows that hurling in Leitrim is alive and well. The final score was Ballinamore 3.07 Cluainin Iomaint 2.06.
Well done to Stephen Loughlin (Cluainin Iomaint) who lined out in the Waterford colours last Sunday in Croke Park at half time in the All Ireland Hurling semi final. Stephen attends St. Clares National school Manorhamilton and gave a man of the match display in the Cluainin Iomaint defence in the under hurling 14 final. Well done Stephen.
Under 14 and under 16 development squads have commenced training with the first session taking place last week in Carrick. They will train inÓgortlettragh at 1pm this thursday. Both squads will train at a different venue each week under the guidance of Steve Feeney, Kevin McGrath, Alan Duffy and Tommy McCormack.
Under 16 Championship Fixtures-
Cluainin Iomaint will travel to Gortlettragh on tuesday 9th which will be the first game in the under 16 championship. Current under 16 champions Cluainin Iomaint will be favourites with their participation in the Sligo league under their belts. St. Marys are due to play Ballinamore this week.
Week of 15th August Ballinamore V Gortlettragh and Cluainin Iomaint V St. Marys
Week of 22th August Cluainin Iomaint V Ballinamore and St. Marys V Gortlettragh
Minor Hurling championship will be a straight knock out –
20th August Manor v Ballinamore and Gortlettragh V St. Marys
Leitrim Senior Hurling league
Cluainin Iomaint were due to travel to Gortlettragh last Monday evening but with many of the Gortlettragh squad involved with the football championship they had to concede and hand the points to the Manor men. St. Marys will travel to Gortlettragh this Monday and need a win to stay in with a shout to reach a league final.
Please note that both pictures that were published on page 30 of last weeks Leitrim Observer had the wrong team mentioned in both captions – It should have read Ballinamore hurling club and CLUAININ IOMAINT hurling club not Gortlettragh.
09-Aug-11 by Micheal Dolan – PRO Hurling