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Satur­day ins na Clocha Liatha was a day in which win­ter as­serted it­self in no un­cer­tain man­ner. It was a day, as one might say, out into which you would be loath to send your dog. Yet the Éire Óg grounds were a hive of ac­tiv­ity from mid-morn­ing to the pre­co­cious twi­light of the cloud-laden sky. A truly heart­en­ing scene.

Be­lieve it or not the ap­palling weather did not de­ter (even­though they must surely have been tempted) our hardy over 12 cailíní from par­tic­i­pat­ing in their 1st out­door train­ing ses­sion of 2017. Such a com­mit­ment bodes well for their cam­paign in the year ahead. Maith sibh a chailíní.

Next week­end Satur­day the 18th all age groups will start back train­ing at Shoreline sports cen­tre on the astro turf pitches from 10.45 to 12.

As al­ways new mem­bers are wel­come to join - Fáilte roimh chách

Reg­is­tra­tion for all girls will take place at the end of Fe­bru­ary. Age groups by year of birth are as fol­lows: U8s born 2009 and 2010, U10s born 2007 & 2008; U12s born 2005 & 2006 U14s born 2003 & 2004; U16s born 2001 & 2002.

U14s will start their league de­but in Dublin on the 25th of Fe­bru­ary.

We wish them well – Go n-éirí libh, a chailíní. The de­sign of the new jer­seys for U12s and U14s girls is un­der­way.

An fo­cal Gaeilge ‘meitheal’ refers to a gath­er­ing of peo­ple which was formed to carry out a par­tic­u­lar task.

In for­mer years it was used to de­scribe the com­ing to­gether of neigh­bours to aid one an­other at busy times e.g. har­vest when the work­load would be be­yond the abil­ity of the in­di­vid­ual farmer to com­plete in the given time frame.

Such a meitheal was in op­er­a­tion at the ball wall for much of the day on Satur­day.

The wall per se which was the work of a con­trac­tor is only half the story. It would be of lit­tle use if the play­ing ar­eas at the front and back were not player friendly.

The work of the meitheal was to flat­ten these ar­eas and to cover them with astro turf.

By day’s end the work had pro­gressed to such an ex­tent that Mark Barry was belt­ing a slio­thar about test­ing its ef­fi­cacy. Ver­dict: very lit­tle im­prove­ment re­quired.

At 3pm un­der-13 foot­ballers from Éíre Óg and Leixlip took to the field in a Leinster League game. The high chill fac­tor in­duced by the strong wind and the in­ter­mit­tent spit­ting rain made for play­ing and spec­tat­ing be­ing any­thing but a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

Many felt it bor­dered on cru-el-ity ask­ing chaps to play un­der such con­di­tions. How­ever the lads did not seem to mind and served up a very en­ter­tain­ing game.

The match was played on full-sized pitch with adult goals. This meant that sig­nif­i­cant progress up and down the field could only be made by long ac­cu­rately de­liv­ered kicks and also that the goal scor­ing tally would be high.

The teams were evenly matched which, given the type of day, was most im­por­tant as it en­sured that the ball swung from end to end and that no player was left for long in freez­ing idle­ness.

A very en­joy­able game which the Éire Óg lads won. Maith sibh a bhua­caillí.

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