Heartbreaking for Tinahely
Defeat for Wicklow champs
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.
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.
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.