On Saturday the 6th May Naomh Éanna won the North Antrim u14 Féile B Final bringing home the silverware.
We are so proud of this group of players and are confident that there is more to come.
The team went on to the All County Féile Final on the 13th May following their semi-final win on the 10th May v St Olcans. Unfortunately it was not to be with Davitts winning the game by a slim margin (1-3 to 2-3).
Following what was an unlucky defeat, u14 panel and management have been reflecting upon their journey to date.
Any defeat is hard to take, but a defeat in the final of the biggest competition played at Juvenile level, especially when the stakes are so high, can be heartbreaking. It has taken a few days for the boys to get over the hurt, but there is an old saying that ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.
It is fair to say that the real winner has been hurling at Naomh Éanna, in that despite the defeat what we have witnessed in the days that have followed is a strong bond that can not be broken amongst these young men. This has had a rippling effect with many of their peers joining them to puck about for hours upon end at Páirc Éanna.
When we analyse how far this team has come over the past year in particular we can be very proud. They have emerged as a force to be reckoned with; with the majority of the panel either currently or previously involved in county development squads and they now look forward to competing in North and South Antrim Leagues as well as in their Championship.
Last week was the biggest week in their hurling careers to date: 3 games in a week – 2 finals and one semi final whilst their opponents rested and watched. The support they received from the club was phenomenal with large numbers travelling to cheer the lads on – for this we are very grateful.
To be at your physical and mental peak for such an intense and sustained period is a huge ask for any athlete and their effort should be specially commended. Preparation was top quality and the support shown by club, parents and community was a big part of this. Management put lots of time into tactical, nutritional, physycological and physical aspects of the game over the past week – and were required to deliver numerous motivational speeches; one to one nurturing and support as well ensure the boys were enjoying their game.
This is certainly not the end for this team – it is the beginning. The Féile has provided an amazing experience and we look forward to future Naomh Éanna teams bringing the silverware home.
The team have developed their own war cry of ‘Mise Éanna’ (I am St Énda’s) which is an amazing reflection of where our club is at – They are indeed Naomh Éanna; You Are Naomh Éanna; We are Naomh Éanna – Éanna abú – onwards and upwards!!!