Hurling final



At the beginning of the hurling season we did not envisage this team reaching the heights that they did. This was due to the fact that in the junior competition the majority of the hurlers are generally drawn from fifth class and there are only ten boys in fifth class this year of which only eight are hurlers. The rest of the panel was made up of children from fourth class and a small selection of children from sixth class who fulfilled the age requirement for the competition. However, all was not as it seemed!



In the first league match against Divine Word N.S the team started quite slowly but finished the game with a surprisingly facile victory. There were many positive aspects to the team’s performance that day, the most encouraging being the strong team spirit shown by this group of players. As the league progressed, the team were improving in every facet of their play. In defence they began to play more as a unit with Fiachra Ó Suilleabháin and Daniel Mac Eoin giving great encouragement and advice to their defensive colleagues. In attack they began to take their chances more frequently. They were increasingly looking like a force to be reckoned with.



It wasn’t until their final league game against St Attractas N.S that this team revealed their potential as hurlers and as individuals. They showed great pride in the school jersey to grab a draw from the jaws of defeat with a last minute score. This ensured that they topped the league and therefore would have the easier of the semi final matches. As expected, they won the semi final against St Mary’s N.S from Tallaght, winning by a big score line. Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille were back in Croke Park and more importantly back in a final. The 24 players on the panel had trained hard and fully deserved their place in the final of Corn Uí Néill.



Craobh Corn Uí Néill : Páirc an Chrócaigh : Luan 24 Bealtaine 2010


The final against our now arch rivals, St Attracta’s N.S, turned out to be a classic. Every player gave 100% on the day. The team displayed a ‘never say die’ attitude in front of a significant support which included piers, teachers and parents. In the end they were defeated by the slimmest of margins after extra time. However, even in defeat this group of players were entitled to walk teary eyed but proud back to the dressing room at Croke Park that morning. Each and every one of them could be proud of the fact that they had expended every ounce of energy during a heroic performance.



Each player from number 1 to 24 deserves great praise and I have no doubt but that we will see some of them hurling for Dublin in future years. It has been a great honour to be involved with this group of children.

Cormac Chambers