Co. Antrim Allianz Cumman na mBunscol County Finals
The Alliance Cumman na mBunscoil county finals took place in Glenavy on the longest day of the year. A couple of heavy showers aside, the weather held up for the most part during the day and in fact the biggest problem was the heat. All in all there were ten teams competing across four codes for the honour of being county champions.
Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, Belfast, St.Patricks, Glenariffe and Mary Queen of Peace, Glenravel competed in the hurling and after three very close games it was the young men from Waterfoot who went home with the spoils after a super display of hurling. Throughout the level of skill was fantastic and trying to prise this trophy away from Glennariffe is proving rather difficult as this is the third year in a row they have managed to win this. This bodes well for the future of Oisin’s.
St. Patrick’s and St. Bridgit’s, Ballycastle and Mary Queen of Peace, Glenravel played in the camogie final. Having won the indoor county and Ulster indoor titles the young camogs from the, “castle”, came into this game as strong favourites and they were not to be denied. Although the young girls from Glenravel battled valiantly the Ballycastle girls were just too much for them to cope with.
St. Joseph’s Dunloy, St.John the Baptist, Belfast and Ballymacricket, Glenavy played off in the boys’ football. The three sides were evenly matched however the hosts, Ballymacricket and St. John the Baptist made it through to the final. In a hard fought final it was Ballymacricket who emerged victorious to claim the county title to the delight of the home support.
The other cup to be won on the day was the girls’ football competition with St.John the Baptist, Belfast playing against Mary Queen of Peace, Glenravel in the final. This turned out to be the tightest match of the four, score wise, with only two points separating the teams at the end. Left standing holding the cup were the proud girls from Glenravel who came from behind to snatch the game in the dying minutes.
All in all it was an excellent day’s entertainment served up by our young Gaels and hopefully a lot of these young faces will be playing together on our development squads in the years to come. Many thanks to our sponsor Allianz. A final word of thanks to the host club Glenavy for allowing their ground to be used and to the referee for the day Barry Hotchkiss who really earned his corn refereeing these matches.
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