St. Kevin’s come out on top
St. Kevin’s 3-5, Avondale 3-1: The most encouraging things about St. Kevin’s winning the U-12C Shield hurling final at the weekend is that it is confirmation that the game of hurling has set down solid roots in an area of West Wicklow not normally associated with the game.
U-12 C HURLING SHIELD In the final at Glenealy on Sunday, the boys from Hollywood and Valleymount had the sublime satisfaction of beating a team from Avondale, one of the heartlands of hurling over the decades.
At half-time the young Dales led by 1-1 to 0-1, but then a man of the match performance by John Burke - both as a defender in the first-half and attacker in the second - turned this game in favour of St. Kevin’s.
Conditions were not great for hurling following Saturday’s rains and credit must go to both teams for treating us to a fine exhibition of hurling at underage level.
Scorers for St. Kevin’s: John Burke (2-3), Dylan Richardson (1-0), Breon Nugent (0-2).
Avondale scorers: Craig Byrne (10), Daniel Owens ( 1- 0), Seán McGraynor (1-0), Eoin Baker (0-1).
Afterwards the shield was presented to the St. Kevin’s captain John Burke by his own club woman Lucy Mooney, who is secretary of Coiste na nOg. Pat Mitchell presented the People Newspapers man of the match award to same player John Burke.
St Kevin’s captain John Teehan-Burke receives the Shield from Lucy Mooney, Coiste na nÓg secretary.
John Teehan-Burke of St. Kevin’s receives the People Newspapers man of the match award from Pat Mitchell.