Under 14 GAA Football Blitz

Ten teams made their way to Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale for the second blitz in recent weeks. Two groups of 5 would battle it out with the top team in each group contesting the A final and the runner-up in each group contesting the B final. This time, the code was Gaelic Football and Glenstal travelled with a panel of 25 players. Upon arrival, the groups were announced and Glenstal would face off against Castletroy College B, Newport, John the Baptist Community School (Hospital) and Scoil Pól of Kilfinane. The day was scorching hot and with 4 games to play, each 24 minutes long, it was going to be a tough day for all the players.

Game 1 – Castletroy College B

Glenstal got off to a flyer when they beat off the challenge of Castletroy. Glenstal raced into the lead when Will Twomey pointed before Josh Kennedy goaled to ease any nerves. Twomey pointed again before Cormac Frawley stuck two goals to the net. The second, a rasper to the top corner of the net. Tom Rooney scored Glenstal’s fourth goal to leave the half time score very much in Glenstal’s favour; 4-3 to 1-0. Rotating the players was necessary for a variety of factors but this rarely weakened the team as all the players pushed themselves hard. Josh Kennedy would get his second goal in the second half while Castletroy began scoring themselves. Tristan Higgins picked up a goal and a point to keep Glenstal’s lead sizeable. Castletroy did close the gap but when Henry Farrell stroked the ball over the bar for the final score, Glenstal had done enough to secure a comfortable win.

Final Score

Glenstal 6-4 (22) Castletroy College B 3-5 (14)

 

Game 2 – Newport

Glenstal met stronger opposition in this game and Newport’s skills and abilities proved too much for Glenstal to handle. The halftime score was 1-6 to no score and with very little chances created, Glenstal could never get a hold in this game. Will Twomey and Cormac Frawley would both score points for Glenstal but it would never be enough to get Glenstal back in the game. Newport had already defeated a strong Hospital team and were looking promising to make the A final but there was a lot of football to be played yet.

Final Score

Glenstal 0-2 (2) Newport 2-8 (14)

 

Game 3 – John the Baptist Community School (Hospital)

The toughest game of the day for our boys was against a very strong Hospital team. Motivated by their loss to Newport and determined to regain the number one spot, they led 4-7 to no score at half time. In the second half, a long ball from Will Twomey was snapped by Seamus Kerrisk who booted to the net. Adam White scored a fine point of his own but it did little to stop the rampaging Hospital. It wasn’t all over yet though as Glenstal could still make the B final if they defeated Scoil Pól who had upset the Newport side in the meantime.

Final Score

Glenstal 1-1 (4) Hospital 4-11 (23)

 

Game 4 – Scoil Pól (Kilfinane)

The game began a very tight affair but it looked more promising for Glenstal who were more physical and every bit as skilled as their opposition. Behind by three points when Scoil Pól goaled, the Glenstal legs began to tire more and more. There was no more to give and Scoil Pól pounced on the opportunity. Behind by 8 points at halftime, Glenstal could never muster the energy to mount a comeback and so Scoil Pól ran out winners.

Final Score

Glenstal 1-1 (4) Newport 4-8 (19)

 

After the permutations and score difference had been calculated, Hospital and Abbeyfeale would contest the A final while Newport and Pallaskenry would contest the B final. Many thanks to Eoin Ryan and all involved in the Limerick GAA for organising and running a fantastic blitz.

Web-U14-GAA-Football-May-2016Panel: Robert Burke, Ben Gambs, Angus MacDonald, Nicholas Cunningham-Ash, Henry Farrell, Cormac Frawley, Clovis Hanbury-Tenison, Tristan Higgins, Patrick Johnson, Josh Kennedy, Seamus Kerrisk, Ivor Larkin, Ben McCartan, Charlie McCartan, Robert McNamara, Bryan Murphy, Lukasz Niscior, Iarlaith Reilly, Tom Rooney, Ben Shippam, Harry Swan, William Twomey, Josh Matthews, Adam White, Adam Byrne