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U8's & U10's Enjoy Derrygonnelly Blitz

Jun. 18, 2016

It was an early start for 26 of our Under 8’s & Under 10’s this morning as they made the trip to Derrygonnelly for a blitz with 2 hours of non stop football.

Our Under 8’s (P3 & P4 Team) played Kinawley, Devenish, Belnaleck and two teams from the hosts Derrygonnelly while hot dogs, juice and snacks were taken on what was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

  Our Under 8 side before the Competition this morning

Our young O’Rahilly’s worked tirelessly for the few hours, competing well in all games in warm conditions. Dara Nolan was the chief scoretaker on the day, scoring some mighty points and making great runs into the spaces on the wings while also putting in a big shift defensively, blocking several balls.

Matthew Whitmore excelled in midfield, defending well, working really hard and providing a great link between the backs and forwards, Whitmore and Aodhan Cullen worked a number of neat one – two’s which lead to scores. Whitmore moved to goals later in the day and his kickouts continually found blue jerseys of his team mates.

Cairenn McGrath defended non stop, pressuring the opposition time after time while getting up and down when required to support attacks and help out fellow defenders. She was a great outlet for Daithi McAloon & Conor Whitmore’s kickout when they were in goals also.

Ciara Parker was strong in midfield, turning over loads of balls and managed to get on the score board following a fine run and finish. Aodhan Cullen’s strong kick outs, when in goals helped the O’Rahilly’s gain much needed ground when penned back on occasions. He as mentioned previously worked tirelessly in midfield area aiding Matthew Whitmore and providing assists for Dara Nolan to add some great scores.

 Dara Nolan gathers the ball against hosts Derrygonnelly

Elsewhere Jack Putman Leonard, turned over the ball many times, on one occasion, sending Daithi McAloon in for a well taken goal. Young McAloon keeping cool under pressure, both up front and in goals.

Emilie McCallion, Megan Maguire and Serena McKeown realised the value of the pressure they were putting their opposition under when they ‘stayed with them’ causing mistakes from their opposition numbers and not conceding scores as a result. Likewise Tyler Parr whose confidence began to build after a few great turnovers and one particularly fine catch.

Conor Whitmore bravely stood his opposition up on numerous occasions, preventing scores and winning frees for his team with Rian Kennedy as brave as a lion in defence while showing great awareness to pass to his team mates in better positions up front.

There were also great contributions for the team by the two Jack’s throughout the day. Jack Barrett stuck to his player rendering them ineffective with Jack O’Connor winning plenty of loose break balls, making simple passes and providing an options to those on the ball.

There were some wins, some losses and plenty of learning for this group of players. Training continues for the underage on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11.45am right through to the end of July for P1 up to children born in 2007.


Plenty of smiles on the Bus Journey to and from Derrygonnelly


The Under 10’s (P5 & P6) lost to Derrygonnelly and Belanleck while they recorded wins over Devenish & Derrylin. More details will be given later. This brought the Under 10 season to a finish. A short break in sues before Under 12 training commences on Monday 27th June at 7pm for those eligible (anyone born in 2004, 2005 & 2006).

 Our Under 10 Team ahead of today's Blitz




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