Last Saturday saw a huge group of hurlers from Naomh Éanna make their way to Armoy for the Inaugural Naomh Pádraig Hurling Tournament, Naomh Éanna where represented in both ages groups, P1/2 (U6) and P3/4 (U8) and in beautiful surroundings on the Glenshesk Road, at the Glen Rovers GAA Complex the day was set for plenty of hurling.
The U8’s played six games in total, success in the group stages, the first game was Ballycastle, then Naomh Colm Cille from Tír Eoghan and Slaughtneil from South Derry, ensured that na hÉanna Óga finished top of the group on full points, with the games getting tougher and more demanding, the quarter final was against another Derry club in Swatragh, this was a tough physical match and at the end the skill and determination allowed Naomh Éanna to progress onwards to the Semi-final. The Semi-final was against the host club Naomh Pádraig, with the expectation on the home side, Naomh Éanna, played a free flowing game and scored freely from play, as the games went on the standard was rising and na hÉanna Óga where equal to the challenge. With the success in the semi-final, it setup a final match between a very strong team from Loch gCaol, The final of the Naomh Pádraig tournament was hard fought and at the end of the match in normal time with the scores level , the referee called extra time and the first team to score wins. The training and hard work that went into preparation and development of Naomh Éanna young hurlers showed, as when the chance presented itself for a score, the game was over and Naomh Éanna victorious.
Well done to all involved at Naomh Éanna, with the youth development on a strong footing this will help to development hurling in Glengormley in the coming years.