ÉIRE ÓG GREYSTONES
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.
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.
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.
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!