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AGM: A last minute re­minder that the agm takes place this evening at 8 p.m. in the club­house.

U-13 hurl­ing: Arc­tic con­di­tions re­vis­ited Askamore for the re­play of the Gorey and District u-13 hurl­ing fi­nal ver­sus the lo­cals. Again, as with the orig­i­nal drawn game en­counter, spec­ta­tors were treated to a game which ren­dered them obliv­i­ous to the freez­ing con­di­tions. Con­scious that a slow start in the pre­vi­ous match had cost them dearly they were re­solved that their in­duc­tion pe­riod would be min­i­mal. So they were straight out of the blocks at the sound of the whis­tle and, un­der the in­spir­ing lead­er­ship of Anto Byrne, they were cre­at­ing scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from the start. Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever, cre­ation and re­al­i­sa­tion are not syn­ony­mous and the re­turn on the scor­ing chances pre­sented was not what it might be and our half-time lead of just a sin­gle goal (1-2 to 0-2) did not at all re­flect our dom­i­nance. The ac­cu­racy of the for­wards showed a de­cided im­prove­ment af­ter the break and we quickly built up a com­mand­ing lead. Five min­utes to go and Éire Óg were in, what we felt was an unas­sail­able po­si­tion, 1-7 to 0-2. But time told that this was a preul­tra sound count­ing of chick­ens be­fore their hatch­ing, as­sess­ment. Two head-scratch­ing de­ci­sions by the ref­eree re­sulted in goals for Askamore and the game was once again plunged into the melt­ing pot. De­spite this set-back our lads did not ca­pit­u­late and they ran out 1-7 to 2-2 vic­tors.

James ‘Pooch’ Cran­ley or­ches­trated most of the Éire Óg at­tacks and was awarded the ac­co­lade of ‘star man’ for his ef­forts. He was ably as­sisted by a hard-work­ing Harry Hap­po­nen and a very com­mit­ted Conor Randles. The foun­da­tions for this victory lay in the par­si­mony of a back divi­sion in which Ja­son, the older of the two McLough­lin broth­ers, starred. In­deed, for many of the on­look­ers he was their ‘man of the match’. Ja­son showed great com­po­sure un­der pres­sure and made some in­spir­ing clear­ances. Seán Looby, though still un­der 10, is de­serv­ing of spe­cial men­tion for his in­put in cir­cum­stances in which he could eas­ily have been over­whelmed.

Scor­ers: Conor Randles ( 1-0), James Cran­ley (0-4), Anto Byrne (02) and James De­lahunty (0-1).

In­door hurl­ing: Satur­day saw the open­ing of the U-12 Tom Ryan hurl­ing com­pe­ti­tion which is be­ing played in Ark­low. De­spite the fact that Éire Óg had just the bare com­ple­ment of play­ers they ac­quit­ted them­selves well. David Grana­han was the goal scorer in our 3-1 de­feat to Barn­dar­rig. Against Ark­low Rocks in the next game the score­line was re­versed with the goals com­ing from the camáin of Harry Hap­po­nen (2) and James De­lahunty (1). Our last game against neigh­bours, Kil­coole, was a most ex­cit­ing and sport­ing con­test and fin­ished in a 2- all draw (Harry H and Mark De­lahunty). The team was cap­tained by Ciara Pa­trick and in­cluded Jor­dan O’Rior­dan and Mickey Ryan who, while not ap­pear­ing on the score­board, played their part in what was a hugely en­ter­tain­ing morn­ing’s sport.

Pre­sen­ta­tion night: The pre­sen­ta­tion night was a huge suc­cess. As we all know, suc­cess is not an ac­ci­den­tal out­come but comes rather as a cul­mi­na­tion of care­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion and hard work. So the ju­ve­nile com­mit­tee, par­tic­u­larly Fe­lic­ity Keane and Fi­nola Nolan, are de­serv­ing of our plau­dits for the ef­fort they put in to en­sure that there would be no hitches on the night. As it turned out this was some feat as the num­bers who turned up, par­tic­u­larly for the academy pre­sen­ta­tions, must surely have ex­ceeded all their ex­pec­ta­tions. In­deed, Cathaoir­leach Fergus O’Brien had great dif­fi­culty in lead­ing Mick O’Dwyer to the podium. By the way, Fergus tells me that he was im­pressed by Micko’s lack of airs and by his will­ing­ness to lend to the de­mands of the oc­ca­sion. All in all, a heart­en­ing night for men­tors and com­mit­tee. Comhgáird­eachas to all in­volved. The roll of hon­our for 2008 was: Hurl­ing Player of the Year: u-10 Seán Luby, u-12 Seán Mur­ray, u-14 Kevin Byrne, u-16 Paddy Geaney, u-18 Peter Keane.

Hurl­ing Club Per­son: u-10 Owen Clancy, u-12 Aaron McLough­lin, u14 Joey Mol­loy, u-16 An­drew Walsh (play­ers’ player), u-18 John Dou­glas.

Foot­ball Player of the Year u-12 Robert McGee, u-14 Adam Bren­nan, u-16 John Deeney, u-18 Conor Daly.

Foot­ball Club Per­son u-12 Dar­ragh Shields, u-14 Barry O’Donoghue, u-16 Glen Hay­den, u18 Eoin McHugh.

Christ­mas draw: A sin­cere go raibh maith agaibh to all who bought raf­fle tick­ets at Tesco at the week-end. Draw takes place on the 18th and tick­ets still avail­able from club mem­bers.

Comhbhrón: The club ex­tends its heart­felt sym­pa­thies to Wendy Sal­mon, mother of Mi­nor hurler and foot­baller Daniel, on the un­timely death of her brother Jonathan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Mick O’Dwyer, cel­e­brates yet an­other Croke Park coup as se­lec­tors Arthur French and Martin Cole­man join in, in this pho­to­graph by Bren­dan Mo­ran which is in­cluded in 'A Sea­son of Sun­days 2008'.

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