CARRIGTWOHILL FÉ 11s’ SUCCESS IN REBEL ÓG GO GAMES 1A HURLING LEAGUE FINALS
Carrigtwohill 3-04 Courcey Rovers 2-04
Carrigtwohill 2-07 St. Catherine’s 1-08
Páirc Uí Riagáin, Ballinspittle, Saturday 7th October 2017
Courcey Rovers hosted the 1A hurling league finals on a fine afternoon for hurling.
Carrigtwohill played Courcey Rovers in the first match and opened up a six point half-time lead, with a half-time score of 1-04 to 0-01 in favour of the visitors. Courcey Rovers were first to score in the second half with a point and followed that up with a goal from a close range free. They then scored a second goal when Carrig were still trying to gather themselves after the previous score, putting Rovers a point up. To Carrigtwohill’s credit, they did not panic and steadied themselves, replying with two goals of their own to see them over the line in what was a very evenly contested and sporting game of hurling.
The second game saw Carrig up against East Cork opponents, St. Catherine’s. This was a tough but fair game throughout with Carrigtwohill edging the first half by two points on a scoreline of 1-05 to 1-03. The second half was nip and tuck with St. Catherine’s levelling matters midway through the half. Carrig dug deep on the second time of asking and got the last two points of the half to win the match.
Well done to the players on what were two great performances against very good opposition. In both matches, the team showed great resolve when they came under pressure in the second half.
These results mean that the Fé 11s were unbeaten in 11 of their 12 league matches in 2017. They have shown great improvement this year. A big thanks must go to the coaches for their efforts with the team throughout 2017.
Lastly, a special word of thanks to the Courcey Rovers club and in particular, Fé 11 manager, Terence McSweeney for hosting the finals and for arranging for official match referees to take charge of the games. Thanks also to St. Catherine’s manager, Mark O’Driscoll for a very sporting match.
It is important to remember that the players are only 10-11 years old, that these games are non-competitive and that the Rebel Óg motto is ‘Let them play’. Most of the teams that Carrigtwohill played against during the year adhered to the Rebel Óg ethos. Unfortunately, there were a small number of instances where opposition coaches hi-jacked the games, made it about them, rather than the players and were verbally abusive to young referees and opposition mentors. This is disappointing and something that we hope Rebel Óg will address for future leagues.