Hearty takes hon­ours with 70-me­tre kick

Bray People - - Sport -

Siz­zling Satur­day weather in Old Conna was matched only by a spec­tac­u­lar kick of 70 me­tres by Ar­magh goal­keeper Paul Hearty. With this he earned the MBNA Kick Fada ti­tle for 2008 in a nail­bit­ing con­test.

A large con­tin­gent was at­tracted to the Old Conna venue by the prom­ise of county stars vy­ing for the pres­ti­gious prize. RTÉ’s Mícheal O Muirc­heartaigh, who over­saw the day, was awarded with honorary mem­ber­ship of Bray Em­mets GAA Club in a pre­sen­ta­tion af­ter the MBNA Kick Fada had fin­ished.

Paul Hearty’s ef­fort was just two me­tres short of the record set by four-time win­ner Mark Her­bert of Kil­dare in the 2001 com­pe­ti­tion.

The ninth stag­ing of the event saw the Cross­ma­glen na­tive Hearty beat off stiff op­po­si­tion which in­cluded 2007 win­ner John Bren­nan of Car­low, Fer­managh All-Star Marty McGrath, Dublin star Mark Vaughan and Of­faly goal­keeper Padraig Kelly, who took the ti­tle in 2004 and 2005.

With a top-class field, Hearty was pushed all the way in search of the crown.

Kelly fin­ished in sec­ond spot, while 2006 win­ner Fin­tan Ruddy of Mayo claimed third.

Also amongst the com­peti­tors were Mon­aghan team-mates Dick Clerkin and JP Moone, Kil­dare goal­keeper Enda Mur­phy and his West­meath coun­ter­part Gary Con­naughton. Bray rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul O’Ke­effe kept the lo­cal flags fly­ing as he nar­rowly missed out on the medals.

The Ladies Kick Fada event was won by Meath for­ward Mary Sheri­dan.

A sis­ter of Meath Se­nior foot­baller Joe Sheri­dan, she reg­is­tered a winning kick of 43 me­tres.

The Seneschalstown na­tive was just ahead of Naomh Mearnog duo Cliodhna O’Con­nor and Emma Dunne, who se­cured sec­ond and third spot re­spec­tively.

Bray Em­mets wish to thank all the hard­work­ing club mem­bers who put their shoul­ders to the wheel in prepa­ra­tion for the 9th MBNA Kick Fada on Satur­day last. It was a huge suc­cess.

An enor­mous amount of work went into hav­ing the grounds and pitches looking so well, or­gan­is­ing the event on the day and in par­tic­u­lar Anne Longe­more and her team who fed the masses right through­out the day.

Gerry McGill, Fin­ton Ruddy and John Bren­nan at the Kick Fada in Bray.

Grainne Mur­phy and Molly Ryan en­joy­ing the Kick Fada in Bray.

Ladies’ win­ner Mary Sheri­dan in action.

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