U11 hurling is organised on the basis of the numbers participating at these age groups. They mainly take part in U12 Go Games which consists of 11 a side games aimed at full participation. Clubs can enter more than one team if their numbers warrant that. These games are organised throughout the siummer between individual clubs or groups of clubs. There is also a Community Games competition at this age group though the year starts 1st August rather than 1st January for Community Games purposes.
Friendly are frequently organised because of the large numbers participating at this age group such as the recent trip of an U11 group to Limerick
Frank Enright, David Kearns, Mattie Donohue and Sean Hester are the coaches at U11 this year. For contact details of coaches click here
Our U11 hurlers were invited to participate in the James Costello Memorial Tournament hosted by Turloughmore in Lackagh pitch on Saturday 16th August. This was the first year that clubs outside of Turloughmore were invited to play and it provided the spectators with some great displays of hurling! Our squad of 17 players competed in this 13 a-side competition with our first game against the home team (Turloughmore) in which we were narrowly beaten but put up a tough battle. With Ardrahan pulling out of the competition at very short notice, it left us with more game to play and unfortunately, we lost this game to Craughwell in the Shield Final.
The strong wind played a huge factor and it seemed to ease in the second half of both our games (when we had the wind at our backs!) and some of our players also suffered injuries during play (one young player, Sam Gibson, left his sick bed to be there), nonetheless, our young players showed great strength and determination and there were some fine displays of blocking, hooking, passing and scoring. Small things made the difference and both players and coaches have learnt a lot from this competition and these games will improve their performances and help to prepare these boys for U12 Championship next year. Well done boys!
Every player received a medal (presented to them by Sean Walsh, Galway Bay FM) along with some treats, so all in all they were happy leaving the pitch after a cold, windy day in Lackagh. A special word of thanks to Turloughmore Hurling Club for inviting us to participate in the tournament and providing refreshments and food for the supporters and players.
We have invited Turloughmore to play us in again in a challenge within the next few weeks so watch out for the webtext. Keep hurling lads!
Photo taken of our U11 Hurlers who played in an away challenge game v Clara, Co Offaly on 28th June.
We departed An Fuaran at approx 1.30pm in a 52 seater bus packed to capacity. Once again, our eager hurlers showed great displays of skill and determination during their game under the direction of their enthusiastic & hurling fanatic coaches (Dave, Frank & Sean) and came away with a win! After a quick lunch in the Clara dressing rooms, it was onto Tullamore to support our Galway hurlers in the Leinster Semi-Final replay. Unfortunately, our Tribesmen did not come away with a win, nonetheless, our young clubmen thoroughly enjoyed their days outing, along with their coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who travelled with them in support of the lads. We returned to the village well after midnight (after a stop off at Moate, Supermacs for a late supper). Thanks again to everyone who made the day another memorable one with some great hurling & laughter for everyone. Keep hurling lads!
There are 30 registered players in this group and every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm they arrive at the pitch for their weekly training session. The boys have had several training sessions under the guidance and encouragement of their coaches David & Caroline Kearns and Sean Hester where they are constantly developing their hurling skills, teamwork and game awareness. More recently Michael Darcy Snr has attended the U11 training sessions and both coaches & players are delighted that he has agreed to offer his guidance & support and express his passion for the game.
The U11 boys
kicked off their first challenge of the year with a very successful outing to
Na Piarsaigh, Limerick on 30th March. More recently, they were
invited to participate in the U11 City Hurling competition which took place on
Monday, 5th May in Pearse Stadium.
Due to our large numbers, we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to enter two teams into the tournament (Team 1 competed in matches against their rivalry neighbours Oughterard, Rahoon-Newcastle, Micheal Breathnachs & Clifden
and Team 2 enjoyed tough battles against Castlegar, Clarenbridge, Liam Mellows & Carnmore).
This enthusiastic bunch of hurlers cannot get enough game play so their coaches are kept busy thinking up new drills for training sessions and scheduling challenge games. They recently defeated Salthill-Knocknacarra on a miserable, wet Friday evening. We departed Cappagh pitch drenched wet and tired but exhilarated from the performance of each and every player. More challenges are in the pipeline so keep an eye on the webtexts!
Some of the boys are also preparing for the U11 Hurling Community Games and we would like to wish them the very best of luck in their upcoming games.
Thanks to all the parents & guardians who bring their children to training and matches. Please continue to support your children to play the wonderful game of hurling, enhance their social skills and make friends for life ……..
What a great day to spend Mother's Day and pass the morning before our Galway Hurlers performed in the Gaelic Grounds later that afternoon. Our young enthusiastic hurlers showed great displays of skill and determination and after a pep talk from their coach, Dave Kearns, they performed even better and ended the match on a high! Well done lads!
Davey Gives the boys their match Instructions
There will be no goal here!
Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who travelled to support the boys.
A special word of thanks to Na Piarsaigh Club who showed great hospitality and provided us with food and refreshments back in the clubhouse after the game
The players even got the opportunity to play hurling on the gaelic grounds pitch
and some got photos with their heroes.
It was a great day out for everyone and we look forward to the next outing. We would also like to thank Vivian our bus driver for his patience,
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