Pearses u10 footballers made the short trip to Johnstown to compete in the eagerly awaited annual Tormey Tournament. Great credit must go to Clann na Gael for running such an excellent competition. The format of this year's event saw 12 clubs from Galway, Dublin, Sligo, Roscommon & Westmeath enter teams at u9 and u 10 level.
Pearses kicked off their day in a group with St Ciarans, Ballinasloe and Athenry. It was a difficult day for football with heavy underfoot conditions and heavy rainfall at times. As a result the games were tight and low scoring . Our boys adapted well though, the u10s coming away with 3 wins and the u9s with 2 wins in the group stages. The u9s losing by the narrowest of margins to a good Athenry side. In all the games pearses demonstrated great teamwork and work ethic which was pleasing for management.
The aforementioned results pitted our u10s in a semi final versus a strong well drilled Athlone team and the u9s came up against St James's of Galway.
The u10s got off to a good start against athlone and were rewarded with brilliant scores from the forward s. We held a 4 score lead at half time. After the restart Athlone grew into the game and tagged on scores to draw level by the final whistle. Extra time was then required to separate the sides. The weather deterioated badly at this juncture but Pearses showed great composure , efficiency in front of goal and fitness in this period to win the game. This put the u10s into the cup final.
The u9s started their semi final well against St James's , tagging on some well worked scores , winning turnover ball and defending resolutely. St James then hit a purple patch to lead by 3 at the break. We closed the gap after half time but then the boys began to tire. The boys battled bravely for the reminder of the game and never gave up. St James went on to win this game and also their final.
Clann na Gael beat a well coached St Mary's Sligo side in the other u10 cup semi final. This set up a mouth watering clash between ourselves and clan in the final.
By now both teams had been on the go since the 10 am kick off but this didn't bother the boys. Watched on by a large crowd Pearses started well again and held a 4 pt lead at halftime. The first half was a great contest and had everything you associate with underage football, brilliant goal keeping, tight defending, workrate, accurate score taking and never say die attitude. After halftime pearses took control of the game and produced their best half of football of the day when it was needed most. Clann kept battling to the end but pearses ran out convincing winners in the end.
This was an excellent club win for the group as a whole. The lads have given tremendous commitment throughout the year and it was brilliant to see so many happy faces after we were presented with the cup. The management team are very proud of the group and every boy showed great pride in the jersey. The management team would also like to thank the parents for the brilliant commitment they have given throughout the season.
Pearses were represented on the day by: Diarmuid Kileen, Culainn Green,Daniel Goode, Dylan Goode, Jack Brooks, Jason Carty, Joe Johnston, Donnacha Whyte, John Murray, Noah Glennon, Conor Hardiman, Enda Browne, Sam O'Brien, Anthony Gallagher, Aidan og Gallagher, Darragh Loughnane, Evan Brooks, Evan Sweeney, Ruairi Finn, Rian Sweeney, Dylan Carty, Cian Hogan, Éanna Colleran, Daniel Duffy,Tadgh Flynn, Aaron O'Connell. Absent on the day Patrick Barrett and Aidan o Rourke.
A special thanks to Clann na Gael for inviting us to the tournament. It was very well ran and clan have really set a high standard for the competition. Many thanks to Joe Kavanagh and John Dunning who were the main co ordinators.
Back row L to R : Andrew Hardiman, Andrew Goode, John Brooks, David Kenny, Denis Whyte.
3rd row L to R: Darragh Loughnane, Dylan Goode,Diarmuid Kileen, Jason Carty,Joe Johnston, Culainn Green, Jack Brooks, Enda Browne, Noah Glennon, Evan Brooks, Donnacha Whyte.
2nd row L to R: John Murray, Evan Sweeney,Cian Hogan, Conor Hardiman, Anthony Gallagher, Dylan Carty, Aidan of Gallagher, Éanna Colleran, Sam o Brien
First row Lto R: Aaron o Connell, Daniel Goode, Tadgh Flynn, Daniel Duffy, Rian Sweeney, Ruairi Finn.
Congratulations to our U16 hurlers who have reached the U16 Hurling County Final and will play Four Roads next Sunday Oct 6 at 12.30pm in Athleague. All support is greatly appreciated. We would like to wish the best of luck to them.
For those who are attending the Ballinasloe Fair this weekend, we really appreciate you supporting our Heifer Fundraiser. We will be out selling tickets during the fair and will also have the Heifer present so you can see the winning prize in the flesh! Tickets are €5 each or a book of 5 is €20. All monies raised will be going towards the upkeep of our club. To check out all the recent improvements to our club visit the "Club Development" section on our website www.padraigpearses.ie.
There was no winner of the jackpot this week. The numbers drawn were 7, 19, 27 and 33. Congratulations to our match 3 winners Senan Naughton Creagh (seller: pitch lights) and Sean Glennon (seller: bar).
Our lotto now stands at €17,200 and the next draw will take place on Sunday Oct 6.
Make sure you get your tickets in so you can be in with a chance of pocketing the jackpot! You can also do the lotto online through our website www.padraigpearses.ie. A sincere thank you to everyone who supports our lotto.