Casement’s GAC, Portglenone held a very successful and enjoyable Cup Camp this week and amongst ther coaches were Tyrone footballer Ciaran McGeary and Sean McKenna from Gaelfast.
The Saffron Gael attended today and captured some of the action as the children attending enjoyed the coaching and the craic in glorious sunshine as the childre were put through their paces before taking part in a questions and answers session with Ciaran McGeary and former Down player Brian Burns who is now a member of the Casement’s club.
Naomh Padraig Cul Camp has attracted almost 140 children to Glen Rovers Armoy. Young players from the host club, from Carey Faughs, Cushenun Emmets and St Brigid’s Cloughmills come together to enjoy a week of fun and coaching under some of the best young coaches in the county. The weather so far has been generally kind and the only thing the have had to worry about at the wasps.
St. Brigid’s Cloughmills saved their best performance of the
year for last night when they travelled to Whitehill and defeated Tir na nOg by
six points but unfortunately for the Cloughmills side they could not stave off
relegation to division 3 for 2020.
It has been a difficult season for the ‘Biddies’ and
although they have performed well in many of their games the results just
wouldn’t come. It’s only a couple of years since St. Brigid’s were in division
one and lifting an Ulster Intermediate title and many of those players are
We at the Saffron Gael have been present at many of those games and congratulate the club on promoting hurling in a difficult environment and doing it very successfully and like Ahoghill before them, I believe they have the players and the desire to bounce back strongly next year.
Before that though St. Brigid’s have a championship meeting with Glenariffe Oisin at the start of September and last night’s win might just be the tonic they need to give that one a real lash and keep a difficult season alive
The first of this year’s championship finals is scheduled
for Friday night and it’s a novelty pairing when Latharna Og of Larne face All
Saints Ballymena in the Junior B Hurling final in Ahoghill at 7-30. The Saffron
Gael will be there to cover the game, as we were at both semi-finals and will
carry a preview of the final later in the week.
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Oisins won the Under 14 North Antrim Shield when they beat Loughgiel in
Sunday evening’s final at Pairc MacUilin Ballycastle. Leading by 0-8 to 2-0 at
half time the Oisins struck a decisive blow early in the second half when a
long range free by full-back Cathán Graham went all the way to the Loughgiel
net. Loughgiel closed the gap with two pointed frees and with seven minutes
left to play were just a goal behind. However the Oisins held their opponents scoreless
for the remainder of the game and two late points sealed the win.
The Oisins had the better start and after six minutes were three points
to the good as Brogan O’Connor’s pointed free was followed by two from play by
centre half forward Patrick McIlwaine, but that was all cancelled out in one
fell swoop when corner forward Danny McAuley grabbed a Loughgiel goal. The
Oisin retook the lead when McIlwaine and O’Connor sent over points but
Loughgiel hit the front when Jack McCloskey grabbed his team’s second goal in
the fourteenth minute. However that was to be their last score of the half and
Glenariffe came back with two pointed frees by Brogan O’Connor and one from
play by Cailin Devlin to lead by 0-8 to 2-0 at half time.
Graham’s goal soon after the restart put them in a strong position but
Loughgiel came back with two pointed frees by Jack McCloskey. Orrin O’Connor
put the Oisins four ahead before his brother Brogan added one from a free to
seal the win.