It has been a great weekend on the GAA front in Antrim with the Under 17 hurlers winning the Celtic Challenge Division 2 and our Under 16 camogs beating Kilkenny in the opening round of the All Ireland series, but for many, including myself, the high point was the meeting of Antrim and Derry in the Special GAA match at Creggan.
It turned out a frustrating experience for many supporters of the Specical Antrim team as well trained and experienced Derry team proved too strong. It was made even more frustrating when many of the fans discovered that the Oak Leaf’s star player was an Antrim man who actually lives in Creggan. Kevin McKee was in sparkling form as he weaved his way through the Antrim defence wearing the red and white of Derry, tempted away to the Oak Leaf county no doubt by a big money deal. What made matters worse was the fact that his mum Pauline was forsaking her native county and shouting for the team from across the Bann. What is the world coming to.
No doubt Club Aontroma will be putting together a deal to buy Kevin back before the big rematch which must surely come in the near future.
As the teams left the field the Creggan and Aldergrove teams, who met afterwards in the Antrim All County League, formed a guard of honour to applaud these two great teams off. Both teams were then presented with medals by local MLA Declan Kearney before being treated to a meal in the Creggan Kickhams clubrooms.
A special day for all players, officials and supporters to remember but ost of all a special day for sport.