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The full report on the 2016 50 years is at Fr Fitzgerald 50th Anniversary Tournament
This St Patrick's Day is a special occasion as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fr Fitzgerald Cup. The competition has endured through that time with the odd interruption. It began as a competition between the five parish schools, which at that time consisted of three 3 teacher schools, Moycullen, Tullykyne and Baile Nua and two 2 teacher schools, Tuairíní and Loughwell. As Moycullen school expanded and Loughwell closed and the other schools numbers remained the same, the strict schools based competition became increasingly unbalanced although the smaller schools did overcome the odds occasionally.
The competition was re-constituted as a hurling competition for primary school children (boys and girls) living in the broad Moycullen/Killanin catchment area and it has thrived in this format for over half of its 50 year history. In recent years, popularity has been such that the competition has expanded into two competitions, one for Senior Classes and one for Junior Classes. As we have had for several years, on Thursday, we expect to have 4 teams in each competition with the the Senior Competition achieving 15-a-side on occasion.
It is hard to imagine, what the original organisers would have thought standing in Donohue's Field in Clooniffe (which now seems tiny to adult eyes) on that first Patrick's Day, if they had known that in 50 years time their fledgling competition would be played by 80-100 children on two full sizes pitches; children, who had long traded the frugal comforts of Hanley's hayshed for state of the art dressing rooms. Occasions like these are welcome reminders of the journey we have traveled and how far we have come. No doubt next Thursday, Lá Fhéile Pádraig, those about to experience a wonder for the first time will mingle with the usual suspects for a great annual tradition and usually a great occasion.
This year the Juvenille Hurling Club decided to play the annual Memorial Cups (Morgan Darcy, George Walsh & Pagett) on the same day and it proved to be a great success with the first ball thrown in shortly after 3pm in Moycullen pitch on Sunday 18th October, 2015. There were some fantastic displays of hurling throughout all of the six games and it was evident that every player on the pitch wanted to be on the winning team, with only a puck of a ball being the deciding factor in all matches. Spectators were delighted to witness the unbelievable skill and termination of these young players but were also highly entertained by the animated Managers on the sideline.
During his presentation speech, Chairman (Aodh Davoren) gave thanks to all the players, parents, supporters, coaches and mentors for making the day such a success. He gave a special word of thanks to McCanns CENTRA, Moycullen who sponsored the prizes on the day and Serena Guihen presented sliotars to the winners and hurling grips to the runners-up. The club was also very grateful to Serena and the CENTRA team for providing the much welcomed tea & coffee, sandwiches, buns and treats for all who attended the event.
The Club would like to sincerely thank the Darcy, Walsh and Pagett families for sponsoring the Memorial Cups which signifies the respect shown to the club and to the game of hurling. Go raibh mile maith agat!
U16 Morgan Darcy Cup : Captain Andrew McDonagh presented by Ruth (Darcy) Cunningham
U14 George Walsh Cup : Captain Sean Seoighe presented by Martin Barrett on behalf of the Walsh family
U12 Pagett Shield : Captain Aaron McDonagh presented by David Pagett
Early morning, Sunday, 15th March (Mother's Day), the Moycullen Juvenile Hurling club hosted a "Coaching the Coaches" practical session delivered by retired Tipperary hurler and footballer and former National Hurling Co-ordinator, Paudie Butler.
Paudie is one of our country's foremost child coaches and commits his life to supporting coaches and clubs who want to develop hurling.
During his time at the club, he worked on wall ball drills and motivated both coaches and players throughout the two hour session. Paudie emphasised that hurling walls provide a safe, accessible environment for players to develop their skills and improve their technique and stressed that we are very fortunate to have this facility at our club.
Watching Paudie operate, addressing the coaches and instructing the young players, all present listened attentively and we were struck by the conclusion that here was a man in his absolute element. He was entertaining, challenging, interactive, knowledgeable and passionate.
To conclude the morning's session and before we rushed off to the stadium to support our county players, Paudie invited the players and coaches to express their thoughts on the morning's events. He praised the club for the work done todate and provided great encouragement to all to keep up the good work. On behalf of the juvenile club, Aodh Davoren (Chairman) thanked Paudie for sharing his expert knowledge and providing valuable advice to all. Paudie has promised to be back in our pitch in the very near future. Finally, in the words of Paudie ..... "DJ Carey wins the race to every sliotar because he speeds up and knows that his opponent slows down ..... so get rid of the fear of making a mistake and applaud a player's courage for testing himself".
The Annual Event that is the Fr Fitzgerald Cup takes place on St Patrick Day. The competition is for national school children an semi-finals an finals are all played on St Patrick's morning.
Players are asked to please be in Pairc Mhaigh Cuilinn @ 10am sharp
TEAM A TEAM B
Aaron BaireadColm O Cuinneagan
Seamus MacLochlainnBen O Sullivan
Daniel HackettDara Kyne
Maccon O CionnaithRory Joyce
Ellen PowerMeabh McManus
Paul KearnsDavid Donoghue
Liam DaveronJake Fahy
Liam SeoigheColin MacGiollarnath
Aaron CroarkeCian O Toole
Oran O CainteRaef MacGiollarnath
Mark KearnsAdam McGranaghan
Sebastian O HalloranChristian O Halloran
Sean O ConnorRuadhan O Cionnaith
Patrick O HalloranSenan Connolly
Isabella HowardLauren Ni Bhiataigh
TEAM CTEAM D
Eanna DaveronCaoimhin Breathnach
Sean MacGillornathLouis Corr
James BradleyJack Molloy
Cian ThomasAaron McDonagh
Anna RocheAmie Higgins
Eamonn EnrightColin Clancy
Morgan DarcyRuairi O hOistir
Fiachra MacDonnchaSam Gibson
Diarmuid DavorenDarren O Dorchai
Liam O BuaighMark Bradley
Padraic McNeelaLiam Maloney
Evan FoxDonagh McDonagh
Ilena DavorenKeillan Griffin
Sean O Gionnain Oisin Darcy
A V BC V D SEMI-FINALS
15 MINUTES A SIDE
FINAL 20 MINUTES A SIDE
FINISHED @ 12.30
Winning Captainsl to r: Oran Mac Lochlann, George Walsh U14 Cup,
Eanna Davoren, Pagett U12 Shield,
Kevin Walsh, Pagett U12 Cup
Tim McDonagh, Morgan Darcy U16 Cup
The day's activities including play, refreshments and presentations lasted a little over six hours with many parents and supporters staying throughout and many more coming and going as their particular iinterest determined. Thanks to all who provided nibbles and their were many willing hands ready to serve. Thanks to the managers looking after each of the teams and although there may have been a litle gentle rivalry, there was great sportsmanship as the various coaches would regard the players on all sides as their players. Thanks to Caoimh and Aodh for refereeing several games each.
And while there was plenty of hurling we had plenty of the three F's too
Seán Seoighe has a cut at David Collins 141km/hr
David Collins learns how its done