ÉIRE ÓG GREY­STONES

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

A busy week ahead - loose ends from 2008 sea­son be­ing tied up and the ini­tial stages of a fi­nan­cial foun­da­tion for 2009 be­ing laid. There are two loose-end ty­ing-up ses­sions tak­ing place viz. the Ju­ve­nile Pre­sen­ta­tion Night on Fri­day 5th start­ing at 7pm with the academy (u-8s and u10s) fol­lowed by u-12s and oth­ers at 8pm, and the a.g.m. on Wed­nes­day 10th at 8pm, both in the club­house.

The spe­cial guest this year at the ju­ve­nile pre­sen­ta­tion is Mick O’Dwyer, a man, it hardly needs say­ing, of huge abil­ity on and off the field. On his pre­vi­ous visit he im­pressed with his down to earth qual­i­ties, his en­thu­si­asm for the game of Gaelic foot­ball, his vi­tal­ity which causes one to lose con­scious­ness of his age - imíonn an aois de agus bíonn sé arís óg - and his abil­ity to hold the at­ten­tion of a youth­ful au­di­ence. Pre­sen­ta­tion night is a won­der­ful night of youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance in which the ef­forts of all are cel­e­brated.

While some play­ers who have shown out­stand­ing qual­i­ties in lead­er­ship on or off the field of play re­ceive due recog­ni­tion, the vast ma­jor­ity of play­ers are ac­claimed, not on the ba­sis of the mis­guided psy­chol­ogy that all chil­dren in com­pet­i­tive sit­u­a­tions must be cel­e­brated as win­ners, but for the very im­por­tant qual­i­ties of com­mit­ment, a de­sire to im­prove and a will­ing­ness to learn.

AGM

No club runs un­der its own steam, it re­quires an en­gine (the com­mit­tee) and the smooth­ness of its mo­tion de­pends on the qual­ity of that en­gine. One would haz­ard, looking on what has been achieved in the last few years, that the Coiste of Éire Óg is not do­ing too badly. But do you agree? The a.g.m. is the place to show your ap­proval or to voice your dis­sat­is­fac­tion - not in cúl-chaint over a pint in the dark re­cess of some pub.

Over the years play­ers and other ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the work of the Coiste have shown a huge re­luc­tance to at­tend the a.g.m. What does this im­ply? In­er­tia, sat­is­fac­tion with the work? No mat­ter what, it is quite dis­cour­ag­ing for the com­mit­tee.

Why not make the ef­fort to at­tend next Wed­nes­day and en­cour­age them in their ef­forts. In the process you may get some re­al­iza­tion of the work in­volved in run­ning the club. Let it be said once again that at­ten­dance does not im­ply a de­sire to be­come in­volved but if you feel you have some­thing to con­trib­ute please put your name for­ward. Coistí are al­ways in need of new blood.

MI­NOR HURL­ING

Our mi­nor hurlers, an en­thu­si­as­tic and com­mit­ted bunch, have at last got some recog­ni­tion for the huge ef­fort they put in 2008. They won the Shield fi­nal against St. Pat’s 6-11 to 34 in Ark­low on Sun­day week - didn’t they look well in that pho­to­graph in last week’s Bray Peo­ple?! The game af­forded a pleas­ant and sport­ing fi­nale for their sup­port­ers. The av­er­age age of both teams was well un­der 18 years; Éire Óg have only five over­age next year and St.Pats are in the process of re­build­ing and they prob­a­bly had a younger pro­file. We are grate­ful to them for field­ing as games at this level are at a premi- um. Hope­fully the new hurl­ing di­rec­tor, yet to be ap­pointed, will find a for­mat, e.g. 9-a-sides, 10-a-sides, which will lead to more clubs par­tic­i­pat­ing in un­der­age com­pe­ti­tions.

Éire Óg were well on top for most of the game and in this less pres­sured en­vi­ron­ment our play­ers had the op­por­tu­nity of dis­play­ing their skills. Sup­port­ers were im­pressed with what they saw. Gino Fus­cia­rdi (1-4 from play), a whole­hearted player, was de­servedly crowned ‘man of the match’. Scott Smullen helped him­self to 1-2 against the wind and Hughie O’Neill scored two de­light­ful goals. Michael Walsh (1-4) showed well at cen­tre-for­ward and dual player, Seán O’Ma­honey, made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion when he came on as a sub. Leon Har­gan (1-1) and Shane Nolan (0-1) also played well.

Af­ter the game Ed­die Leonard, Ju­ve­nile Fix­tures Sec­re­tary, and Pat Mitchell, PRO, praised the men­tors from both teams for the work they were do­ing to pro­mote hurl­ing.

They sin­gled out Éire Óg club and its ju­ve­nile men­tors for a spe­cial go raibh maith agaibh.

They said that they had found them to be es­pe­cially co-op­er­a­tive and ac­com­mo­dat­ing dur­ing their ten­ure.

CHRIST­MAS DRAW

This week-end, 4th ,5th and 6th, tick­ets will be on sale in Tesco. They are avail­able at any time from club mem­bers. The draw takes place on 18th De­cem­ber. How can one per­suade you of the im­por­tance of this draw to the fi­nan­cial health of the club? It may help to re­mind you that pre-sea­son ex­penses eg reg­is­tra­tions, pub­lic li­a­bil­ity, player in­sur­ance etc. fall due im­me­di­ately af­ter Christ­mas.

They ex­ceed 5K and the cup­board is nearly bare!

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