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Bray People - - SPORT -

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’.

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