A pleasant read!
REFEREE'S report from U-14 hurling match - ‘I feel I have to put pen to paper in relation to a match which I refereed on Wednesday the 12th of March in Old Conna Bray.
‘It was an under 14 hurling match Division 2 at 7.15pm. This was a really super match to be part of.
‘This was the sort of match you would pay in to see, so much that I nearly felt guilty accepting my travelling expenses.
‘This was a very hard physical game of hurling, but it had everything that you could want in a match. A physical presence but no dirt, great skill on the ball, blocking, catching, putting their bodies behind every ball and making it count.
‘These young lads from Bray Emmets and Oliver Plunketts/ER deserved to be congratulated on their performance and in the manner which they played the game. The right way.
‘They went out to enjoy themselves and in doing so lived up to the spirit and ethos of the GAA. During the whole course of the game there were only six frees and four of them were technical in nature.
‘During the match the players and mentors showed great respect to myself and to each other and the voices from the side line only encouraged the players to great heights.
‘I would very much obliged if you could read this letter out at the next board meeting as I feel these two teams and mentors are an example to all clubs as to how the game should be played and winning at all costs is not the answer.
‘The two clubs should be rightly proud of these two teams and their mentors for the superb performance and their attitude to our game.
‘I do hope in the future we will have more games like this, a joy and privilege to referee’.