Carrick Davins U-14 hurling team were crowned county title winners last Saturday after defeating Rosegreen by a staggering 28 points at Ned Hall Park last Saturday.
The Davin players started the game a little nervously and played the first give to seven minutes in their own half but defended in packs getting in the blocks at vital times.
Rosegreen failed to convert during this period of possession. The Davins then gained the advantage as their first two attacks brought two goals and this really settled them down.
The midfield began to take control midway through the first half with Jamie Houlihan playing a superb holding role and Brandon O’Sullivan directing all the play and chasing down every ball that fell between the two 45s.
Captain Michael Whelan cleared up anything that passed midfield.
It was impressive to see how many times the back line blocked down the opposition. Wing backs Connor Whelan and Niall Tobin fought for every ball and full backs Conor Mackey and Stephen Butler did a fantastic job at “man marking” the Rosegreen scoring threat.
The Davins ended the first half, where they played into the wind, with a 12 point lead.
The Carrick side was as formidable in the second half. While the scoreboard showed they were running away with the game, every ball had to be fought hard for and the team play on the day was immense.
The half forward line of James O’Neill, Danny O’Gorman and Kevin Butler hassled continuously and created the space for their full forwards to do the damage where it counted. Luke Faulkner was unmarkable scoring 5-5 with Ethan Kennifick and Eoin Walsh also doing the forwards job of beating down defences and putting scores on the board.
All in all, it was their best game of the year. The final score was Davins 8-10, Rosegreens 1-3. Tribute must be paid to the fitness levels, skills and team play of the team and Maurice Whelan’s excellent coaching.
A big thank you also goes to the selection panel, Alan Faulkner, Ray Waters, Robert Butler, Maurice Whelan, Paddy Nagle and Niall Ryan. They had the confidence of the team and it showed on the field. The Club also thanks the parents of these young men for their support during the year and the supporters who travelled to the matches.
A special mention must also go to panellist, Stephen Waters, who was blighted by a shoulder injury all year. He gives it his all when he is on the field and must be looking forward to returning to full fitness and doing some winter training.
Meanwhile, the Club’s minors resume their football championship next Saturday when they take on Fr Sheehy’s in Ned Hall Park, Clonmel in the county semi-final at 12 noon.
The Club urges club members and supporters to attend this match.
Football training for U-6s and U-8s will be every Monday from 6pm to 7pm and hurling training will be every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm. The club lotto jackpot wasn’t won last week. Numbers drawn were 15, 17, 22 and 28. One player matched three numbers and won €200.
The Davin Club extends its sympathies to the Hinch family of Gorey, Co. Wexford and Carrick-on-Suir on the death of Molly Hinch (née O’Mahoney) and to the Hobden and Norris families of London and Treacy Park on the death of Noonie Hobden (née Norris) and also to the Walsh family, Coolnamuck on the death of Joe. May they rest in peace.