A mighty day for Eoin Lawlor

St Pa­trick’s NS stu­dent en­joys play­ing at head­quar­ters

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - EOIN LAWLOR at Croke Park

ON Sun­day, Au­gust 18 I got to play at half-time in the All-Ire­land mi­nor hurl­ing fi­nal. You may be won­der­ing how I was lucky enough to be able to par­tic­i­pate in this game and I will ex­plain that now.

I play hurl­ing for my school St Pa­tricks NS Wick­low. In school I am coached by Peadar de Hora and Billy Cud­dihy, sixth class teacher and hurler with Éire Óg Grey­stones and Wick­low. One day we were told we were go­ing to have a skills com­pe­ti­tion to see who would rep­re­sent our school in the North East Wick­low skills con­test.

In the com­pe­ti­tion we had three skills to do. We had to do the ground strike, solo­ing and shoot­ing. We were given a cer­tain num­ber of points based on how well we per­formed in each drill. I man­aged to win the com­pe­ti­tion by a point. There­fore, I got to go to Bray Em­mets pitch with a boy named John who came sec­ond place for the next stage of the con­test.

When the day ar­rived, I was a bit ner­vous go­ing up to Bray, but I was fine once I ar­rived. You had to per­form the same skills as we had done in school at the com­pe­ti­tion. First and sec­ond place got to com­pete in the All Wick­low skills com­pe­ti­tion. On the day I man­aged to come first place. I was very ex­cited I couldn’t be­lieve I was go­ing to com­pete in the All Wick­low skills com­pe­ti­tion. The win­ner of that got to play at half time in the All Ire­land semi-fi­nal.

On the day of the All Wick­low skills com­pe­ti­tion, we had to do the same skills again. I was ex­tremely ner­vous, but I man­aged to stay cool.

I couldn’t be­lieve it when at the end they called out my name and said I had won. It was amaz­ing to think that I would be play­ing at half-time in the All Ire­land semi-fi­nal.

I was told that they would send me a let­ter in a few weeks. When the note ar­rived, I was aw­fully sur­prised to find that it said All Ire­land fi­nal and not semi.

Fi­nally, it was Au­gust 18, All-Ire­land fi­nal day. We met at Clon­liffe Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 11am. I was told I would be cor­ner-for­ward for Tip­per­ary.

I was very pleased when they told me this be­cause I had wanted to play for them. At noon we left for Croke Park, we went into the dress­ing room and put on our gear.

Twenty min­utes into the mi­nor game we waited to go out onto the pitch. It was a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence to play at Croke Park and I re­ally en­joyed it.

It was big sur­prise that we were get­ting to be flag bear­ers for when the pres­i­dent went to greet the play­ers be­cause we had not been told any­thing about un­til that day.

I was wear­ing a Sil­ver­mines (Ja­son Forde’s club) jer­sey as I waved my flag with pride.

Next, we re­turned to our seats to watch the match.

I was de­lighted that Tip­per­ary won the game. We then re­turned home af­ter one of the best days of my life.

Eoin Lawlor in Croke Park.

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