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In Mungret St. Pauls clubhouse on Thursday 2 May we welcomed the U-13 and U-15 Football, U-14, U-15 and U-16 hurling teams to the clubhouse along with special guest for the night, 9 time all Ireland winner and Kilkenny hurler Tommy Walsh, representing Bord na nOg was Mary Hassett. The night ran very well, in Tommy’s speech he mentioned the upcoming exams and how a GAA player should approach them, he said that most parents would tell you to cut back on the sport and do more study “ I say NO”, balance them out, stay doing both, use your sport to take a break from studying. The top quote on the night- GAA is like a wardrobe, whatever you put into it you get back out of it.
Tommy also advised the players to practice what your good at, don’t admire the guy who is able to take frees and try be like him, you may not be a free taker but a great player who can catch the high ball, practice catching the high ball and you can lay if off to another player, the game is a team sport and is best when made of different skills. The club presented Tommy with various gifts; he was presented with Cobi club clothing items, a gift suggested by Pa O’Brien, a bag of sliotars for the team Tommy coaches in Kilkenny and as Tommy enjoys a cup of tea a hand crafted tea cosy. The medals were presented and the night finished off with a question and answers before the tea and coffee was served.
We would like to thank everyone on the committee for organizing this event and for everyone who attended on the night.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-7 Kilteely Dromkeen 4-15
In Mungret on Monday 22 April 2019 our second U-16 football team lined out against a slightly taller team of Kilteely Dromkeen. They did not get off to the best start but never gave up. They gave a great display of football throughout.
Kilteely Dromkeen lead the way throughout the game and had 1-9 scored before Mungret St. Pauls saw their first point in the last few minutes of the first half which they followed up with a second point. It was not all plain sailing for Kilteely Dromkeen in the first half as the Mungret St. Pauls goalie pulled off two saves for what should have been definate goals for Kilteely Dromkeen, the backs were working hard on moving the Kilteely Dromkeen players out and forcing them to send the ball to the wrong side of the uprights.
The second half was a better game for Mungret St. Pauls as they started out with a free pointed while they won the next kick out they sent the ball off coarse. Kilteely Dromkeen hammered back and added on a goal and 5 points but Mungret St. Pauls powered a reply with their own goal, Kilteely Dromkeen tried their luck on scoring but Mungret St. Pauls were the next to add to their score with another goal. It was a point a piece and then Kilteely Dromkeen scored their third goal followed up by their forth they then played another point and it was Mungret St. Pauls to close out the game. Mungret St. Pauls did this in style as they ball was hit off the cross bar on the rebound it was caught by a Mungret St. Pauls player kicked but hit off the back of a tall defender who sent it to another Mungret St. Pauls player who third time lucky sent the ball over the bar. Another 2 points from play and the game was finished.
This was a great game to watch from the young team, some of these players are out again on Wednesday night for the U-14 Championship.
On Saturday 20 April 2019 the ladies football had a past player return to the pitch, unfortunately not to play but to present the U-10 girls with their medals from playing in Croke Park. We were delighted to have Ireland Hockey player Roisin Upton return to visit our pitches. After Roisin presented the girls with their medals, the Ladies Football chairman, Larry Mason presented Roisin with a token for her to remember the club with. We would like to thank Roisin for her time to come to training to see the girls.