Friendly are frequently organised because of the large numbers participating at this age group
Under 12 group who travelled to Ballinamere near Durrow for the Jack Wyer Tournament in September 2015
U12 hurling is organised on the basis of 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.
Frank Enright, Tony Walsh, Vinnie O'Sullivan and Martin Barrett are the coaches at U12 this year while Martin Barrett is looking after U13. U13 participate in U12 and U14 training as appropriate, with specific U13 training organised in these training slots as their competition approaches. For contact details of coaches click here
Under 12 Hurling
The Moycullen Club would like to extend their thanks to Pat Cleary who invited the club to compete in the competition and much appreciation to the dedicated Co-ordinator, Carina, who has to be commended for all her hard work. We would also like to thank the referees Carina & Pat for officiating the games and to the hospitality shown. It was a privilege and an honour for Moycullen to be asked to participate in this tournament which remembers such a young and inspiring hurler. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
The tournament consisted of six teams (Ballinamere-Durrow, Shinrone, Cappataggle, Birr, Monegal & Moycullen). The blitz format of 15-minute a-side commenced in Durrow pitch with a throw-in at 11.35am on Saturday morning against Monegal. With Daragh Kyne as their captain, the Moycullen boys showed great pace & accuracy and this allowed their coach, Dave Kearns, to rotate the boys throughout the game and give each player game time. It was ironic that Monegal's best player was the pacey and skillful Vanston Worrell who once played for Moycullen and was happy to see his old clubmates again, however, he alone could not stop the Moycullen team in their tracks and the game ended in a comfortable win of 4-10 to 0-4 for the boys from the West.
With just a 5 minute break before the next game, Captain Aaron McDonagh had to regroup his team and did not even have time to go in for the toss of a coin before the ball was thrown in for the semi-final. The boys knew that they were up against a tougher opposition against the Birr team who equalled us on strength and ability. This game was intense and the clash of the ash was definitely on the cards with hard knocks coming on either side, yet our boys kept on going. There was a disallowed goal that hit the stanchion on the inside of the goal which the hometown umpire did not signal and this meant that we were three points down with just two minutes to go. But justice prevailed and our boys showed true character and eventually young Diarmuid Davoren fired in a much needed goal, resulting in a draw of 1-3 to 1-3 at the final whistle. This meant that extra-time was required to determine who would reach the Cup Final of the tournament. At the half-time of extra time, the teams were still level pegging but there was no doubt that our boys wanted to reach that cup final and won out in the end to a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-With tired and sore limbs, the players, management and their supporters boarded the bus and headed to the nearby Ballinamere pitch for some lunch and much needed tea! The Plate and Shield Finals were played while our boys got some rest, liquids (and sugary buns) and enough time for their captain, Liam Seoighe, to lead them in their stretching exercises before the Cup Final commenced shortly before 3pm.
With their team mate, Jack Wyer (RIP), on their minds and playing in their home pitch in front of a local crowd, it was obvious to everyone that this Ballinamere-Durrow team and management wanted more than anyone to win this cup and this was evident in the early stages of the game when they came at us with sheer force and led by 7 points within 10 minutes. However, with superb spirit and team work, our boys fought back and added to their scores, reducing the deficit to just 4 points at half-time.
It is hard to describe the scene during half time but passionate speeches and encouraging words from Dave Kearns, Mattie Donohue and Caoimh Davoren were inspirational and they asked the lads to "believe in themselves, give it everything they had and not to leave it behind". During the second half, there were quick changes made by management which turned the game, however, we were met with discrepancies about goals and even our animated umpire, Mattie Griffin, did his very best to convince the ref that the goal was good but it was not allowed. Side nets were hit, frees were missed, goals conceded, blows were hard but our lads never hung their heads, they just kept on plugging away, dug deep and came out with a draw of 2-4 to 2-4 at the final whistle and for the second time that day, they had to face yet another 5 minute a-side extra time.
At this stage, the onlookers on the sideline were exhausted just watching the game and could only imagine how these young lads felt. Once again, they were asked by their management not to give up and rely on eachother for support. The halftime score at extra-time showed a lead to Moycullen of 0-1 to 0-0 and the boys were told not to let this lead fade, however, Ballinamere-Durrow boys were just as determined and scored 1-1 in a short time giving them a two point lead with just one minute to go. But within 30 seconds from the end of the game, we were rewarded a free and as our captain Liam Seoighe stood over the ball, coach Dave Kearns could be heard calling across the pitch "land it into Diarmuid" and sure enough, the accurate pass resulted in Davoren catching the ball and rocketing the net! We jumped for joy but held our breath as the game continued and we felt that the referee would never blow his whistle. We knew that Ballinamere were going to try and score at the other end of the pitch but our steadfast defenders made sure that nothing past them and there were scenes of celebrations when, for the very last time, we heard the final whistle blow and the cup was ours!
It was a very emotional scene as we watched tears of sadness in the eyes of the Ballinamore-Durrow boys and listened to Pat Cleary speak about the kind and caring Jack who was a keen hurler and missed by all who knew him. It was also very difficult to watch Jack's father as he presented the Cup to the Moycullen Captain, Liam Seoighe, who also followed with a passionate and heartfelt speech, thanking his coaches, his team mates and the Ballinamere-Durrow team for a great tournament and a tough match.
This win meant a lot to this bunch of Moycullen lads who were unfortunate not to reach the Galway U12A County Final this year and throughout the day they played as a team and celebrated as close friends - this was obvious during the scenes of celebrations seen in the video clip of the dressing room. Thankfully, the coach had remembered to pack his change of clothes!
Thanks to everyone who travelled to support the team and all who helped out on the day with officiating as umpires, fist aid duty, carrying the hurls, time-keeping, photography & video footage and to our very patient bus driver, Vivian. Thanks also to parents and players who couldn't travel on the day but sent best wishes, said prayers and sat patiently by their mobile phones waiting to receive the update text messages. A special word of thanks to those who arranged the welcome home bonfire in the village which just finished off a perfect day! Well done again lads & keep hurling.
Well done to our U12 Moycullen hurlers who narrowly defeated Sarsfields 3-02 to 1-07 on Wednesday evening in Bullaun pitch. They have played seven games in the League, three defeats to Turloughmore, Craughwell, and Clarinbridge, a draw game against Oranmore and wins against Athenry, Carnmore and Sarsfields. Their record is exactly 50% and with some games still to play, they lie in third place behind unbeaten Turloughmore and Clarinbridge only beaten by Turloughmore.
Our U12 team played a challenge match v Na Fianna, Co Offaly on the way to the Leinster Semi-final (Galway v Laois) in Tullamore. Many thanks to Sheila and the crew at Na Fianna Club for the game, hospitality and the much welcomed cup of tea, sandwiches & buns. Thanks also to our loyal supporters who travelled on the bus which commenced with an entertaining Diet & Nutrition talk by Annemarie along with many stories being told & plenty of laughs had by both children and adults ... and not forgetting our very patient bus driver, Padraic. Go raibh mile maith agat!
Our U12s who are playing in the top tier of their Championship are two and two so far; two wins against two losses.Several of the under 12 side have featured prominently in the U14's run to the County final.
Home advantage seems to be a big factor in underage competitions as the team is unbeaten at home and winless away with the exception of a friendly outing to Craughwell.
Most recently they lost narrowly away to Athenry on a score of 1-06 to 1-04 on a pitch heavy from the day's downpours. Previously, they lost away to Clarinbridge, one of the strongest clubs at underage in recent years on their first outing. In between they have recorded wins against Salthill/Knocknacarra and Turloughmore.
Back Row: Shane Kyne, Kevin Walsh, Owen Hester, Cillian Clancy, Sean Seoighe, Jack Osborne, Jack O’Toole, Connor Donnelly, Keith Carter, Glen Pagett
Middle Row: Ciaran Moran, Tom O’Connor, Arron Barrett, Jamie Cox, Colm Cunningham, Jason McDonagh, Fionn McDonagh, Luke McDonagh, Cathal Duggan, Donal Enright, Andrew Power
Front Row: Deane Greally, Rian Oats, Jack Brennan, Frank McManus, Cillian Davoren, Cian Deane, Cian Folan.
The first ever Pagett Cup finals were played at Ballydotia Moycullen on Saturday 20th October 2012. After a wet week we were blessed with blue skies and brilliant displays of hurling by every player in what was a wonderful occasion. The Pagett Memorial Cup which was won by Brian’s father in the late 70’s was presented to the Moycullen Juvenile Club this year by Brian & Hazel Pagett (parents of Glen).
The Shield Final opened accounts on the day with a blistering performance by both teams and while on paper the teams were evenly balanced the half time the score read 2-01 (whites) to 0-02 (greens). The second half the greens put in a great performance to bring the game to a nail biting finish but fell short at the end by a solitary point. Shield Final result Whites 2-01 vs. Greens 1-03.
The Cup Final was another highly contested affair. At half time the whites lead by 4 points (1-07vs. 2-00). Within seconds after the restart the whites increased their lead to 7 points and with a slight breeze in their favour it appeared it was their day however the opposition had other ideas. The next 5 minutes we witnessed a high intense exchange of scores. The Greens never gave upand were rewarded with their efforts and won by the smallest of margins. Final Score Greens 6-03 vs. Whites 3-11.
We had some huge performances from every player on the day. We had incredible heroics and spectacular saves between the posts from Dean Greally, Luke McDonagh and Aaron Barrett. Attackers found it difficult to penetrate the dominance of Cillian Clancy, Andrew Power and Keith Carter. Some timely tackles from Jack Osborne, Owen Hester, Frank McManus, Conor Donnelly and Jason McDonagh gave no time for attackers to settle on the ball. Really tightmarking and intelligent use of possession from Glen Pagett and Cian Deane coupled by the coolness and composure of Cian Folan and Shane Kyne created some great attacks. In the centreRian Oates and Ciaran Moran demonstrated great skill, drive and determination. The engine and tackling of Jamie Cox set a great tone in the middle with Cillian Davoran, Fionn McDonagh andTom O’Connor showing their top class skill and exchanged some tremendous scores.
In the attack Sean Seoighe showed no signs of fatigue after a great week at the World Handball Championships and the creative Kevin Walsh and Jack Brennan ensured every attack was threat on defence. Showing for every ball was Jack O’Toole and Cathal Duggan who kept defence on edge with the ever dazzling Colm Cunningham turning defence inside out with his trademark skill, while hat-trick hero Donal Enright showed us how Lar Corbett does it. (Donal is pictured left with his siblings and Tony Óg, a man who knows a thing or two about Lar Corbett)
The Shield Final Trophy was presented by Brian Pagett to Captain Glen Pagett (far right) and the Pagett Cup was presented to Captain Tom O’Connor by Brian Pagett (below right)Galway Senior Hurling centre back, Tony (Og) Regan, presented the medals to all the players and Player-of-the-Match awards to Keith Carter (Shield Final) and Tom O’Connor (Cup Final). Tony (Og) Regan gave all the players great advice following the presentation and complemented on their very impressive skill, determination and ability. After the presentation everyone gathered at the new Clubhouse shed for goodies and refreshments while players and spectators queued for photos and autographs with Tony (Og) Regan.
(Left, Colm Cunningham is one of the player receiving his medal from Tony Óg Regan with coaches, Morgan Darcy, Ger Power, Tim Bohan and Aodh Davoren in attendance)
This years U12 hurling year started at the end of March shortly after yet another successful annual Fr. FitzGerald finals. This year the Moycullen U12 hurlers participated in three competitions (the Turloughmore U12s, the County League & the Pagett Cup). Moycullen U12’s finished on top of their Turloughmore U12 league table and the finals are due to be scheduled for early 2013. The County U12 League Competition finished with Moycullen brilliantly beating Loughrea in a cracking game in Craughwell on finals day. There were a total of 28 U12 hurling matches played in 2012 which were all greatly contested by a panel of 42 players.
Every player showed great improvement throughout the year and their attention, discipline and determination is a credit to them which has rewarded them in their performances. The Management wish to extend their sincere thanks to every player for a most enjoyable year and also their parents for their valued support.
Mágh Cuilinn must count themselves very unlucky to lose out in the U13 Championship. While finishing level on points with Mullagh and ahead on goal difference, the head to head result meant Mullagh went through without having to complete their fixture against Ballinderreen.
The Juvenile Board should address the situation where games are not played on schedule and out of sequence rendering some fixures redundant. Had the draw been kept in sequence and the final games been played simultaneously with the previous results the same, all three of final round of games would have impacted the final result of the group. It also resulted in a rush of games in the space of a week
The crucial result was the Mullagh game where Mágh Cuilinn went down by a single goal. The grass in Renmore was very long for this game, which was difficult for both teams. Mágh Cuilinn did finish on a high with comfortable victory over Gort.
Mullagh were beaten in the quarter final by Mountbellew Moylough, who also beat Kiltormer in the semi final. Killimor were the eventual champions though as Mountbellew Moylough came up short in the final.
The Mágh Cuilinn U13 panel for 2012 was Dean Greally, Michéal Joyce, Cillian Clancy, Andrew McDonagh, Ceillan Leonard, Tom O'Connor, Shane Clancy, Daire Davoren, Aaron Connell, Sean Barrett, Joseph Lydon, Fionn McDonagh, Tim McDonagh, Evan Kenny, Alan Carr, Oran McLoughlin, Glen Pagett, Neil Mulcahy, Cillian Davoren, Cian Folan, Andrew Power
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UNDER 13 B
- four groups (3 x 5 sides, 1 x 6 sides)
- Top 2 qualify for quarter-finals
- quarter-final draw is A1 v C2, A2 v C1, B1 v D2, B2 v D1.
Moycullen, Mullagh, Kinvara, Ballindereen, Kiltormer, Gort.
St. Thomas, Cappataggle, Sarsfields, Liam Mellows, Ahascragh-Fohenagh.
Mountbellew-Moylough, Tommie Larkins, Padraig Pearses, Ardrahan, Carnmore.
Michael Cusacks, Rahoon-Newcastle, Meelick-Eyrecourt, Killimor, Killimordaly.