Thursday See 14′s Try and Win Elusive Under 14 Championship
Under 14 Division 1 Championship
Thursday 31st May
St Colmcille v Skryne
Throw In: 8.00
This Thursday in Pairc Tailtean is another big occasion at Juvenile level in St Colmcilles as our Under 14 team play arch rivals Skyrne in the Under 14 Division 1 Championship Final. Championship Finals are incredible occasions and asides from Feile this is the big one at Juvenile level. Last year saw our wonderful Feile team lose out by a single point to Summerhill as they chased the treble of Division 1 titles. However the clubs 1st ever Under 14 Championship Title still eludes us.
This years crop of Under 14′s will try again and capture the clubs first ever Division 1 Under 14 Championship. However the challenge is a big one in Skyrne. Skyrne have beaten our boys in both the Under 13 Championship and Under 14 Feile deciders, albeit this years final was in the melting pot right up to the last 5 minutes in Ashbourne in was a great match.
This final should be another mouth watering tie. It was Robbie O’Malley who once said “in losing sometimes you learn the greater lessons” and this Thursday if we are to have a chance then we need to certainly learn the lessons from the Feile Final. One big lesson is that Skyrnes talisman Jason Reddy will need to be curtailed if we are to win. In the Feile final he was simply a scoring machine at times and hit eight points from a total of 1-12, seven of which were from play and more importantly 6 in the opening quarter of the match which left us 0-8 to no score down at the break.
Skyrne whilst they have Reddy they are not a one man team and are solid at midfield and have a very good player in young Fox at centre half forward as well who is well able to cause problems albeit his threat was sniffed out by the excellent Nathan Garland the last day.
For our part we have improved. We are now getting ever closer to this Skyrne team. The Feile final the last day saw some great performances. Nathan Garland was outstanding on danger man Fox, whilst Eanna Walsh had a great game at wing half back. Eoin Sweeney was also in great form the last day in the full back line. At midfield we are strong and have Feile winners in Daragh Brodigan and James “Banty” Conlon. The Banty the last day was in wonderful form and was a constant threat whilst Daragh Brodigan played great but one feels there is a few gears left in him for this final.
Up front it was encouraging to see how the last day we took two wonderful goals when the opportunity arose and in James McAlearney we do have someone who can find the right pass and the scores to have Skyrne worried.
We ask all club supporters to come out this Thursday to watch the Under 14 Division 1 Final. There will be no team more motivated to win having lost twice to Skyrne in finals already. The dream of winning the championship should be motivation in itself , whilst there are 4 players in this squad who surely will want to add to their haul of Feile and Under 14 League medals with perhaps the best one of all, the elusive Under 14 Championship.
There was no Feile medals in the club until last year, if we have learned from the last two finals then perhaps these could be the boys to bring the first Under 14 Championship medals to the parish and for some the hat-trick of titles, in Feile, Under 14 League and Under 14 Championship. Now only great players and teams do that. Throw in is at 8pm Thursday evening.