Following their successful indoor warm up tournaments over recent weeks, Naomh Éanna u12 hurlers upped their pre season training regime with a sublime performance in a friendly match against West Belfast Gaels Naomh Eoin at Dunville Park.
The Glengormely young Gaels showed huge potential for the season ahead in what was an incredibly entertaining and very competitive game.
With the majority of players in the panel moving up from u10 this year, preparations are well under way to ready the boys to compete in 15-a-side games, on a larger pitch than what they have been accustomed to. Training has been intense and of a very high standard with the effort that the boys have put in to date paying dividends in todays game.
The Naomh Éanna panel was made up of Pearse Rogers; Ciarnán Rafferty; Shane Gray; Eoin McCann; Luke O’Connor; Jamie Morrow; Conor McNichol; Thomas McAuley; Owen Kennedy; Oscar Smyth; Rónán Eager; Patrick Gray and Declan Breen.
Each of the boys put in individually superb performances as well as working very well together as a team. Some of the highlights of the game included solid defensive performances from Conor McNichol and Rónán Eager; with Oscar Smyth; Owen Kennedy and Eion McCann all putting in great shifts. Carnán Rafferty, Shane Gray and Patrick Gray were all outstanding showing great determination and commitment. Naomh Éanna were excellent in front of goal with Oisín Quinn scoring two and Pearse Rogers, Declan Breen, Luke O’Connor, Thomas McAuley and Jamie Morrow all hitting the back of the net also.
The final score was 7-8; 5-5. Naomh Éanna would like to thank Namoh Éoin for hosting the game. Next up will be Lamh Dhearg on Saturday the 8th March at Hannastown. (Throw in 4pm). Training is every Sunday at St Malachy’s College 10am – 11.30am with Tuesday night sessions stating soon. New players welcome!