Wicklow’s under-16 hurlers win All-Ireland crown
THE WICKLOW U-16 hurlers won the B All-Ireland C Hurling competition on Saturday, August 30. The team played five matches in all.
They were tough matches against Armagh, Kerry and Wexford initially in St. Loman’s, Mullingar. The team then moved to Kinnegad where they met Roscommon in the semifinal (1-10 to 0-9) and Armagh in the final.
While Armagh beat Wicklow in the first round 2-6 to 1-4, Wicklow came out on top in the final with a scoreline of 3-5 to 24.
The players and team management were very pleased with the support they received on the day with many parents travelling. They also very much appreciated Coiste na nOg Chairman, Michael O’Toole, spending the full day with them.
Paudie Butler, National Hurling Coach, presented the captain, Harry Stephenson, with the trophy and praised the skill, energy and determination of the players in the final considering they had played five hard matches.
Harry thanked the County Board for their support, the management team of Michael Byrne, Syl Ivers, Tim Balfe and Frances Stephenson and he gave a special mention to Ali Byrne for looking after the team so well when training in Arklow Rocks.
He also complemented his team members for their hard work over the past weeks training. The future augers well for this team of lads if they stay working and training together. They showed great strength of character on Saturday and did their county proud. The team included: Peter O’Reil-
(Bray Emmets), Cillian O Maolmhuaidh (Bray Emmets), John Doyle (Carnew Emmets), John Deeney (Eire Og), Luke O’Reilly (Bray Emmets), Martin O’Brien, Vice Capt. (Carnew Emmets), Harry Stephenson, Capt. (Bray Emmets), Shane Keogh (Glenealy), Arran Murphy (Bray Emmets), Eoghan O’Mahony (St Patrick’s), John Henderson (Bray Emmets), Jim O’Brien ( St Patrick’s), Conor Sexton ( St Patrick’s), Alan Conyard (Glenealy), John Manley (Glenealy), Ciarán Balfe (Carnew Emmets), Joseph Hughes (Carnew Emmets), Mark Murphy (Arklow Rocks), Glen O’Gorman (Glenealy), Dale Quin ( St Patrick’s), Eamon Quirk (Arklow Rocks), John Conroy (Bray Emmets), Andrew Conway (St Patrick’s), Robin Farrelly (Glenealy), Joseph Hogan (Glenealy). A number of players were unable to travel due to injury including Dara Maloney (Bray Emmets), Eamon Doyle (Arklow Rocks) and Billy Molloy (Carnew Emmets).
Wicklow under-16 hurlers, winners of the B All-Ireland C hurling competition.