ÉÍRE ÓG GREYSTONES
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'.