PICS BY BERT TROWLEN
On Saturday 24th August at Páirc Chiceam, the Antrim and Derry teams returned to lock horns once more following on from last years successful Special Championship. This was the third year of the unique event and was by far the largest yet with over 30 players involved and a fantastic crowd in attendance.
Players travelled from far and wide to be a part of and play in the match this evening at Kickhams GAC. Rebekah Keane came all the way from Listowel Emmets GAC, Co. Kerry as well as Micheál McCloy from Whitecross GAC, Co. Armagh.
Both teams were given and warm heartfelt welcome onto the field with a guard of honour led by, Creggan and Tír na nÓg underage teams who played in the curtain-raiser.
The momentum grew as the managers finished the team warm-up and referee, Gerard Dougan took the toss with the team captains before lining out. The match then commenced with a throw-in from Antrim Chairman, Ciarán McCavanagh.
A large crowd made up of family, friends and onlookers from all around both Antrim and Derry enjoyed watching on as the teams showcased their skills and talents in an exciting end to end game.
The match proved yet another huge success encompassing everything which the GAA ethos entails – enjoyment, good spirit, family & friendships.
Congratulations go out to all players, managers, family & friends and the organisers at Kickhams GAC Creggan for making this evening possible.
Thank you to Ulster Bank, TeamKit, NI Water, O’Neills, Convery Sportsturf and The Lab for sponsoring water, kits, food and much more for all the players, supporters and their families on the night.
The clubs represented at the Special Championship between Antrim and Derry were: Kickhams GAC Creggan, St. Malachy’s GAC Castledawson, Limavady, Dunloy, Sarsfields GAC, Glen, Desertmartin, Wolfe Tones Bellaghy, Kilrea, Michael Davitts, Whitecross GAC, Ballymaguigan, Moneymore, Bridge Association, Glenravel, Davitts, Cargin, Lavey, Magherafelt, Loup and Listowel Emmets GAC.