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Under 8 trip to St. Vincents

posted 24 Nov 2014, 10:54 by Matthew Ryan

As a prelude to the Leinster Senior Club championship match between St. Vincents of Dublin, and Garrycastle, the St. Vincents club kindly invited our under-8 squad to Dublin to play some challenge matches before the big game. The games were played on the Dublin All-Weather pitches on the Clontarf road, as the St. Vincents pitches themselves were closed due to the recent bad weather.

The under-8 group assembled early Sunday morning in Garrycastle, and headed off by bus to the capital. On the day, we divided up into three teams, with each team playing two matches against their counterparts from St. Vincents. Playing Gaelic Football on astroturf was a new experience for this group, but it didn't faze them in the slightest, and in all, 6 great games were served up to the watching crowd, with honours even between the two clubs.

After the matches, the St. Vincents club kindly provided a great feast for the players back in the St. Vincents clubhouse, as well as face-painting the club colours for the players before the big game. Afterwards, the players and parents made the short walk across the Malahide Road to Parnell Park for the Leinster Semi-Final, and cheered their hearts out for the Garrycastle team. Unfortunately the result did not go Garrycastle's way, but that is sport, for every match winner, someone also has to lose.

After the game, the players made their way back to the bus and returned home to Garrycastle, a very tired, but very happy bunch!

Absolutely huge thanks are due to Cathal O'Daly and St. Vincents GAA Club for extending the invitation to travel, and their truly excellent hospitality on the day. Days like these are what the GAA is all about.