The St. Mary’s 3rd Class Hurling league came to a conclusion last week with our annual finals day. There were three games to be played on the day with a 5th/6th place playoff, 3rd/4th place playoff and the final between the top two teams to decide the overall winner.
In the 5th/6th place playoff, the Dublin team played some super hurling and got the better of a gallant Tipperary team.
In the 3rd/4th place playoff, Cork came out on top against Kilkenny in a great contest that went right down to the wire.
The final between the top two teams in the league was between Galway and Antrim. This was no surprise as these two teams had shown throughout the six weeks of games that they were right at the top of their game. In the final, Antrim got on top initially with some fantastic scoring and had a comfortable lead at half time. However, as the game wore on, Galway began to get back into it until they were a goal down going into injury time. With this, they won the puckout, drove up the field and managed to win a penalty. With the last puck of the game, they drove it into the net and our final ended up in a draw in a fantastic game of hurling.
Well done to the 36 boys that competed in the hurling league and it was great to see the improvement in their skills as the league went on. No doubt we will see these boys togging out in the Blue and Yellow of St. Mary’s hurling teams in the coming years.
To great excitement, each boy that played in the hurling league was presented with a sliotar at Tionól last Friday.
Thanks to the boys from 5th class that refereed the matches each Friday lunchtime.