Summer Camp and Skills Week

Garrycastle GAA held another very successful Summer camp in the week 11th to 15th August. Close to 60 kids attended and enjoyed a great weeks fun, games and training.

The Nursery section was run by Caitriona Jameson with coaches Liam Leahy, Caolan Jameson, Rachel Emerson and Aisling Flynn. The older Section had five members of the Senior team Panel as Coaches, Enda Keena, Eoin Monaghan, Paul Gunning, Michael Monaghan and Gary Mullery.

The overall Camp Co-Ordinator was Shane Henson.

The weather was kind to us and all the planned activities went ahead including the visit of Liam Reilly and Co with their obstacles and equipment which provided another dimension to the training.

Skills competitions were run all week and the winners announced on Friday.

Under 7 winner was Hazel Donegan, Under 8 David Carter, Under 10 Jamie Carroll and under 12 Jack Keating.

Most improved player was Daniel Sierpinski.

The Blitz winners had to be decided on a penalty shootout, with Bill Carmody scoring the decisive goal after two great saves from Corey Nugent. The winning team were Bill Carmody, Jack Keating, Kayleigh Clyne, Sarah Carter, Corey Nugent and Brian Mulvihill.

The prizes were presented by our own Dessie Dolan, one of the greatest footballers of his generation in the country, a former All-Star, who represented his country, his county and his Club with distinction all down the years. He thanked all the parents for making the effort to bring their kids up to training on a weekly basis as well as for the weeks camp and he thanked all who had contributed to the running of a very successful week. He spoke in a very upbeat manner about the state of the club teams, and while acknowledging that the results at Senior level may not be what we have become accustomed to in recent years, we were in a very healthy place going forward, not just with the number of players available to break into the Senior squad, but the very high calibre of these players.

He presented Certificates to all the Nursery section and was last seen sneaking towards the Ice-Cream van with a bunch of the coaches. Well done to all, another success story for the Club.

Write-up : John Henson

The following pictures and slide shows give a flavour of the fun and activities during the week...

Video of the Summer Skills Camp in Action (Courtesy Gary Mullery) :

Pictures courtesy of Kieran Henson.

Pictures courtesy of Kieran Henson.

Pictures courtesy of Ann Hennessy.

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