This year's under 10 Hurlers will be under the direction of Caoimh Davoren, John Tobin, Brian Darcy, Barry Haddock and Dave Connolly. Training takes place every Friday evening at the pitch in Baile Doite from 6.30-7.30pm. Please register soon to receive your group text for up to date information! Any queries, please contact Caroline on 0878284305
As usual we will be participating in the Go Games tournament between May - August. All players participate in 2 games at each of these events. This is always a day out for all of the family. All welcome to support our young hurlers.!
Under 10 Hurling
In an event worthy of mention, before the summer break we welcomed Clifden Hurling Club to join in our final U10 training session before the summer break. It was a lovely evening and both young and old enjoyed some fun games. Great to see huge effort and enthusiasm in the far west supported by their Connemara neighbours who might be a few years longer on the road. The rivalry can wait a while!
Well done to Caoimh for refereeing the games and keeping it all going! Thanks to all the parents who brought food & drinks to the clubhouse for the after party for all the young players. Thank you also to all the parents who helped to hand out the food and with the cleaning up.
U10 Hurling Training resumes on Friday 22nd August at 6.30pm. Hope you are all enjoying the break. Keep hurling lads!
On Friday evening, Pairc Maigh Cuilinn was a sea of green & white as forty of our eager and enthusiastic Under 10 hurlers participated in their first go-game of the year. The opponents, Clarenbridge, were late arriving for the throw-in and our boys were getting anxious, but when the whistle blew & the ball was thrown in, all their anxiety disappeared and they provided us with an exhibition of hurling.
Due to the large numbers, the U10 Coaches had to rotate our players so that everyone got a game. Well done lads, it wasnt an easy task but ye made it look easy. Moycullen played two games and due to the late start, it was almost 9pm when we left the pitch ... tired and hungry, but exhilarated. Well done to all the players and thanks to all involved in arranging the games, to the referees, coaches and to all our supporters. A particular thank you to Caoimh for his patience and encouragement to each and every one of his young players as they flocked around him, looking to get on the team and play in the match.
The OCEAN HYGIENE Under 10 hurling go-games/mini blitzes run from May to July/August. Moycullen are in GROUP A and have six more games to play in their group - Salthill-Knocknacarra (A), Turloughmore (A), Athenry (H), Carnmore (A), Craughwell (H) and Castlegar (A). As per other years, any home games will be played on Friday evenings during our normal training session times but the away matches may be played at weekends. Webtexts will issue from the club with details of dates & venues.
If you are experiencing difficulty receiving webtexts or wish to be removed from the group, please contact Caroline Kearns on 0878284305.
U10 Coaches : Caoimh Davoren (2nd left), John Tobin, Brian Darcy, Barry Haddock (far right), Dave Connolly (2nd right), Eddie Moloney. Far left is David Kearns helping out.
Mágh Cuilin took part U10 Hurling Tournament in Kilconieron on Sunday 13th April under the watchful eyes of their dedicated coaches : Caoimh Davoren, John Tobin, Brian Darcy & Mattie Griffin.
Other teams who participated in the tournament were Kilconieron and Ballindereen. The boys played four matches and won every one of them, showing great displays of agility, skill and pure determination! Well done boys & coaches. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who turned out to support the boys on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Kilconieron. Special thanks to the organisers of a very successful tournament.
At 10am the first of our 3 teams took to the pitch and they were a little apprehensive about facing Carnmore. Just 7 days previously we received a lesson in power and scoring from the reds in the league section of the competition. Cheered on by fantastic Moycullen support the boys rocked the favourites with a huge display of attacking skill and passionate tackling in the 1st half. We led by 2 points at halftime, and it could have been more. Moycullen continued to ignore the underdog tag in the 2nd half but eventually succumbed by just 4 points in the end. Carnmore went on to win the final of this section by 1 point after extra time. In the meantime, the Moycullen boys played a second game Vs Craughwell and after recovering from a slow start they fired into the game against another of Galway’s hurling strongholds. Just a couple of scores separated them from victory once again but all the fundamentals are in place. All of these boys are available for next year’s tournament. Watch this space next year!
At 12.30 the second of our 3 teams took the field, once again Vs Carnmore 1 (older players). Carnmore were unbeaten in the group stages and had overcome Athenry, Clarinbridge, Oranmore Maree, Turloughmore and Craughwell. Our boys had overcome Liam Mellows, Annaghdown, Salthill and Killimordaly to make this highest tier of the competition. The odds were against Moycullen but nobody told the players! The next half hour was an end to end cliff hanger. It could have been Croke Park or Thurles. The local support had swelled to match the vociferous Moycullen bandwagon and we were provided with a royal battle with no quarter given or asked. (Yes, its only u10!). When we grabbed our breaths Carnmore had sneaked it by 2 points in a thriller and were visibly relieved. Moycullen were more disappointed than they should have been. What a performance considering the track record of the opposition. With the help of some fizzy orange from the Joyces we regrouped and marched down to pitch 3 to take on the might of Athenry at 2pm. They didn’t see us coming because from the 1st ball Moycullen dominated in most positions and swept aside the opposition with some impeccable score taking from all angles mixed in with an incredible display of hooking and blocking (the foundation of our future…..)
Finally, after a regrettable 1 hour delay the last of our 3 teams took to the field at 3pm Vs Liam Mellows. The official score was a draw, and we have records to prove it! Young Morgan Darcy made his debut in goal (where else!!) and this seemed to bring out the paparazzi in force. Many of the parents from the other 2 teams waited on to support the boys in this remaining fixture. (This final show of support was one of the highlights of the day).
When the blinding flashes of brilliant hurling and camera photography finished all of the players were rewarded with some green and white socks and some “healthy” options!
What a day, what a year. We have had 23 games, 25 training sessions and a whale of a time. Well done to all the coaches and everyone who supported the boys to play hurling in any way during the year. Particular thanks to all the partners and spouses for holding the fort while we immerse ourselves in hurling. The motely bunches who show up religiously to coach include David Kearns, Martin Barrett, Joe Corr, Mattie Donohue, Frank Enright and Sean Hester. At great expense we have had Ultan O Sullivan, Aodh and Caoimh Davoren for guest appearances whenever we needed their help. Thank you Chris Hurney, both Morgan Darcy’s and Tom McDermott for refereeing our games, Maureen for gear (at no notice!) and to Enda O Connor for the ash – boy was it used! Thank you Martin Davis King for all the evenings that you simply step up and do something without being asked. Apologies if I have neglected to mention anyone else, I’m sure I have forgotten someone.
Last, but not least, the players. You are beginning to fulfil the potential you have shown as small boys. Some of you were as young as 3 when you arrived at the pitch but we can see the leaps you are taking as every week and year goes by and you are thrilling your coaches and supporters with your performances. Please continue to practice on your own with the wall or with your friends. The players who already practice regularly are beginning to stand out in training and games. We want you all to get the thrills that come from really mastering the skills. To prepare you for approximately 30 more years of hurling let’s see you back on the pitch again next year le cunamh de!
On Sunday evening last Máigh Cuilinn U10's played their 11th game in 4 weeks ( there are 2 teams). The 9th/10th game was on Saturday evening by invitation from Cappataggle and was played under lights at their upgraded facilities. There are 40 players attending regularly made up of 9 and 10 year olds.
Next Sunday we are in the Cup semi final in Carnmore vs Carnmore, with Athenry and Castlegar in the other semi.
Our other squad (essentially our 9 year olds) are in the Shield semi vs
Carnmore also. The Máigh Cuilinn Shield side will be anxious to reverse last Sunday's defeat to the same opposition but given the trip to Cappatagle on last Saturday, the CIMC team may be in better form this time round.
Yet another team will compete in their own final vs Mellows also in Carnmore on Sunday. The primary objective at U10 is that everybody participates. We have always given everyone a game even though 40+ players are not accommodated easily into the usual two 11 a-side teams.
On Sunday with a 3rd team involved for Sunday, we will be in a good position to give good game time to everyone.
The essential element in our many travels has been the enthusiastic support of parents, vocally on the sideline but most importantly, both home and away, helping our players to get there, equipped and ready to play. A big thank you to all. Hopefully you have all enjoyed it.
More craic to come on Sunday.
On Sunday two teams of under 10's made the trip to Ballyloughane for games against Liam Mellowes. They fared better than their Senior counterparts had done on the previous Wednesday coming away with victories in both games.
On Monday morning the U11 group took part in the Festival of Hurling at Pearse Stadium. On the same stage as many of them have seen county stars performing, they also came away victorious, winning the final by a single point
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