Parnells had too much firepower for Barndarrig
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.