It was a festival of hurling in Pearse Park Dunloy as teams from North Antrim were joined by Dublin duo St Vincent’s and Kilmacud Crokes in an U12 hurling challenge. Despite the threat of early rain the weather held up, the pitches were perfect and the hurling was of the highest standard.
Six teams competed in the outdoor tournament with a further 3 teams participating in an indoor challenge during the day. Naomh Padraig, Kilmacud Crokes and Dunloy participating indoors. Old foes Dunloy and Loughgiel started proceedings in Group A with the Cuchullains emerging victorious on a day their seniors would later capture league honours.
Glenarrife looked in ominous form early on against Ballycastle and followed this up with an equally dominant display against St Vincent’s in Group B.
After Dunloy defeated Kilmacud Crokes in a keenly contested group A decider they joined Glenariffe in the semi finals with the remaining teams battling it out in the Quarter finals to see who would join them.
St Vincent’s took on Loughgiel and a high scoring and entertaining game ensued. St Vincent’s prevailed and progressed to meet Dunloy. This was an enthralling tie played at a high pace. To the Dubs delight St Vincent’s deservedly progressed to the final.
In the other side of the draw Ballycastle came unstuck against Kilmacud Crokes in the Quarter final. A slick Glenariffe team proved too much for the Crokes in the semi-final and so it was a rematch for the final. St Vincent’s v Glenariffe.
Intercounty referee Colum Cunning officiated proceedings for the final and no doubt he will have admired the standard of play on show, particularly from Glenariffe as they dominated the game with a display of skill and interplay that seemed beyond their years.
Huge congratulations to Oisins for winning such a prestigious competition and for all the teams who travelled to take part.