With the cold winter months, hurling outdoors always proves to be a least enticing prospect for any young budding hurler.
In reality, can they be blamed?
When options seemed to be at a premium, all avenues lead to the High School Gymnasium. With a selection of 48 U-14 hurlers to cater for, traditional training sessions would certainly prove to be a difficult task.
But after much thought and planning, the foundations for a lunchtime hurling league were laid. With 8 teams of 6 players, a premier league format was adopted. November 7 marked the beginning of this new venture, which meant there was 7 weeks between then and Christmas to run off the competition.
With enthusiasm at a soaring high in the High School, the lunchtime league kicked off with roaring intensity. From game to game this intensity grew steadily which led to a fiercely contested competition. Throughout its duration, the skill levels, first touch, ball control, aggression and physicality of each player improved infinitely.
The final, played on the last week before the Christmas break, was most certainly a hotly contested encounter. No quarter was afforded by either set of 6 players. For the thirty minutes, friendships were set aside until an overall winner was decided. However, in hindsight, hurling and its development within the school was the overall victor, as demonstrated by the players. The indoor league was a great platform for these young men to show their hurling ability and potential as both teams provided a truely fitting finale.
Special thanks must be given to John Carew, St. Mary’s, who kindly sponsored a new set of indoor hurleys and sliotars to the school. Also jerseys and hurling gear were presented by Johnny Cummins, County Games Development Officer, for the winners. Without such generosity there is no doubt this new venture would never have taken off. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.