Heart­break­ing for Ti­na­hely

De­feat for Wick­low champs

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - Emily Ging, Kayla Tighe, Eimear Bres­lin

Fri­day:

We set out on our jour­ney to Gal­way from the Ti­na­hely GAA pitch, aka the Field of Dreams, at 10.30am on Fri­day morn­ing. The ban­ter be­gan right as we en­tered the bus.

On our way we picked up the Aughrim and An­nacurra girls to of­fi­cially start the long and well-de­served jour­ney to Gle­na­maddy pitch. Some of our girls had to miss out on most of their last day of pri­mary school but it was well worth it.

We stopped half way there in a very nice golf club to get a lovely nu­tri­tious meal be­fore the big week­end ahead of us. When we ar­rived at Gle­na­maddy GAA pitch we got a great re­cep­tion from our hosts, but the craic had to stop for now as we had two big games ahead of us and we had to stay fo­cused.

Our first match was against An­nagh­down from county Gal­way. It was a tough match, but we were fairly matched and in the end af­ter a hard bat­tle the fi­nal re­sult was 1-5 (An­nagh­down), 1-5 (Ti­na­hely). We had time to chill out be­fore our next match against St Con­leths of Laois. Yet again, an­other hard match as Ti­na­hely started off to a great start but with a strong come­back from St Con­leths the end re­sult was 5-4 St Con­leths and 3-4 to Ti­na­hely.

Later on, we met our host fam­i­lies. Luck­ily our host fam­ily was very wel­com­ing and a lovely group which made our week­end a lot nicer! Our hosts brought us home to get a good night’s rest for the games the next day.

Satur­day:

We woke bright and early to pre­pare for the big games. Our first match was back in Gle­na­maddy against our host Gle­na­maddy/ Wil­liamstown which de­cided if we went into shield or cup. Sadly, we lost this game. As we had so much on our mind, we for­got to bring a speaker, so the leg­endary sis­ters Lisa and Rachel kindly went and bought us a speaker.

Af­ter a long drive with the tunes blar­ing and a few macare­nas later we ar­rived at our quar­ter fi­nal in Kil­maine, Co. Mayo. Long story short we won, happy days! But when it came down to the disco, we let off some steam and danced the night away.

Sun­day:

The big­gest days of our lives! An All-Ire­land semi-fi­nal ahead of us.

We made his­tory by be­ing the first un­der-14 Ti­na­hely team to make it to the Sun­day and, Lord, we were not go­ing to let this op­por­tu­nity go away eas­ily.

We woke up early and drove to Bal­ly­hau­nis, the Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence of Con­naught GAA. We stretched out as we had lit­tle time be­fore one of the big­gest matches of our lives yet against Ban­ner from Co. Clare!

It started off well and af­ter a great team talk, we played the best we’ve ever played but it ended up a draw which meant ex­tra-time. Yet again it was a draw so un­for­tu­nately it meant frees. Five brave girls stood up to rep­re­sent the club and their county.

We scored four and missed one and the Ban­ners did the same, so it went to sud­den death.

Un­for­tu­nately, Ti­na­hely was the first team to miss their point but it was a team ef­fort and a heart­break­ing way to go out of a very tough Di­vi­sion 2.

Thank you to our men­tors and sup­port­ers it was one of the best week­end lads of our lives!

The Ti­na­hely Féile Peil na nÓg team who were beaten in heart­break­ing cir­cum­stances in the semi-fi­nal.

Happy days on the Ti­na­hely Féile bus.

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