Parnells had too much fire­power for Barn­dar­rig

Bray People - - Sport -

Ark­low Rock Parnells 1-7, Barn­dar­rig 1-0: The U-12 B hurl­ing fi­nal at Avon­dale on Sun­day morn­ing was con­tested be­tween Ark­low Rock Parnells and Barn­dar­rig, two clubs who were for­mer hurl­ing strongholds in the county.

It is in­deed en­cour­ag­ing to see that both th­ese clubs are start­ing to re­build from the ground up which holds out the prom­ise of a re­turn to for­mer glory.

Scores were thin on the ground which might sug­gest a dull af­fair; the re­verse was the case, we had a lot a lot of heart, pas­sion and ef­fort from the teams which was a de­light to be­hold.

Ark­low Rock Parnells were ahead 1-4 to nil at half time thanks mainly to the work of Paddy Mel­lon who turned in a man-of-the match per­for­mance at mid­field.

In the sec­ond half Barn­dar­rig came out with all guns blaz­ing and were re­warded af­ter 12 min­utes with a goal by Aaron Jack­son.

But the over­all strength of Ark­low Rocks pre­vailed and they won the ti­tle on a score­line of 1-7 to 1-0.

This game was played in front of an ex­cep­tion­ally large crowd for an U-12 B hurl­ing fi­nal which was turned into a very colour­ful spec­ta­cle by the ar­ray of green and white and blue and white flags and pen­nants and strips of spec­ta­tors.

The fi­nal whis­tle brought huge ex­cite­ment from the Ark­low Rocks sup­port­ers and play­ers.

But losers Barn­dar­rig can also hold their heads high; they can look to the fu­ture with con­fi­dence, they played their part in mak­ing it a very ex­cit­ing fi­nal.

Ark­low Rocks scor­ers were Nathan Doyle (10), Paddy Mel­lon (0-5), John Paul Shee­han (01), Jack Fur­long (0-1).

Barn­dar­rig’s goal came from Aaron Jack­son.

Af­ter the game, Pat Mitchell pre­sented the tro­phy to Ark­low’s cap­tain Jack Fur­long and the Wick­low Peo­ple man-of-the-match award to Rocks star mid­fielder Paddy Mel­lon.

Spe­cial men­tion to ref­eree John Keenan from Aughrim who did an ex­cel­lent job with the whis­tle and with player care and played a huge part in mak­ing the fi­nal the suc­cess it was.

Coiste na nÓg would like to thank the Avon­dale Club and in par­tic­u­lar grounds man Trevor Hef­fer­nan for hav­ing the pitch and fa­cil­i­ties in such ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.

We hear that later on Sun­day Pat Mitchell and Ed­die Leonard trav­elled in style to the se­nior foot­ball in Aughrim – trans­ported by limo to mark Ed­die Leonard’s 50th birth­day, all ar­ranged by his good wife Veron­ica.

The Ark­low Rock Parnells team who won the Un­der-12 hurl­ing fi­nal.

Paddy Mel­lon of Ark­low Rock Parnells re­ceives the Wick­low Peo­ple Man of the Match award from Pat Mitchell, Bord na nÓg.

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