Mungret/St Paul’s GAA Club Notes:
Our U12s had their final training session of 2023 on Thursday night.
With everything from “Santas Sack Race”, “Sleigh All Day” and “Shoot the elf” the girls as always got stuck in all while wearing their Christmas clobber.
With prizes and treats a plenty, it really was the perfect send off!
This age group are an absolute pleasure to train. Always willing to learn, always encouraging each other and always in great form. Fantastic ambassadors for #MSPCamogie
Thanks to incoming camogie Chairperson Mary Barry Larkin for popping down to meet the group last night.
To all the parents, thanks for always replying to texts and brining the girls wherever they are needed!
Finally, to our Smashin coaches, Alan Browne, Niall Mullane, Clodagh Reaboi, Brian King, John Page & Annie Browne – we know these girls hold a special place in your hearts!
Enjoy the Christmas break girls, we’ll be back at it in the new year ready to take on 2024.
In the meantime, KEEP HER LIT!
U-21 Premier Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 1-19 Na Piarsaigh 1-15
It was a very cold night on Tuesday 4 December when our U-21 hurlers played Na Piarsaigh in the Semi Final in Doon. This was an excellent game of hurling that ended up in extra time as both sides fought hard to get the win, Mungret St. Pauls had the legs in extra time.
The first six points were shared in the first ten minutes of the game with Mungret St. Pauls getting one extra point before a well worked sliotar made its way up the pitch to the Mungret St. Pauls forwards and struck hard into the back of the net. The lead Mungret St. Pauls needed, a few more points were added on but it was Mungret St. Pauls who had a two point lead at half time, 1-5 to 0-6.
The second half saw both sides fighting for scores before Na Piarsiagh hit their three pointer to put them in the lead with still the last quarter to play. It took a few minutes but Mungret St. Pauls eventually caught up to Na Piarsaighs score and each point until the final whistle was matched by the opposition, both sides giving as good as they got. Mungret St. Pauls had been brought down to 14 men after a second yellow offence earlier on in the game so had adjusted well to the missing man. Full time ended on 1-13 each.
With the breeze getting colder and frost threatening the game went into an extra ten minutes for each half. Mungret St. Pauls came racing out of the traps early and lead by four points with Na Piarsaigh only managing to bring it back to three as their last minute point was the only one for them in the first half. In the second half of extra time Na Piarasigh got an early score in but it was Mungret St. Pauls who finished the game. A great result which now sees our U-21 Premier hurlers into the Final against Monaleen.
Mungret St. Pauls 0-10 Cill na Martra 3-12
Sunday 10 December 2023, a day that our Intermediate footballers faced their toughest battle as they took on Cill na Martra in the Munster Final. Cill na Martra dominated the first half with the aid of a very powerful wind that had more control on the direction of the ball than either team. Cill na Martra built up a substantial lead before Mungret St. Pauls managed a score with six minutes of normal time left a point from play got us off the ground. There was some pressure on the Cill na Martra backs but not strong enough to break through. Half time score was 2-9 to 0-1 a lot of work to do in the second half.
At the restart it was Cill na Martra that reopened the score as Mungret St. Pauls reset, we got one point from a free before Cill na Martra hit again, this time with their third goal. This was when Mungret St. Pauls hit their rhythm as they went six points without reply over ten minutes. Cill na Martra managed one more point in injury time with Mungret St. Pauls closing the game with two additional points. Goals were not easy for Mungret St. Pauls to come by and were what were needed to keep themselves in the game but while they lost they have brought great pride to Mungret St. Pauls, they have Senior Football to look forward for next year and a lot of this team still have U-21 football matches and an U-21 Hurling Final to play before Christmas.
Well done to all the players and management, you never gave up and did not give Cill na Martra an easy game.
Team; Ronan McElligott, Robert Hegarty, Liam Harrington; James Garvey, Ciaran Deane, Jack McCarthy, Frank Corcoran; Brian Barry, Darragh O’Hagan, John Hutton, James Killian, Brendan Giltenane, Shane Barry, Darragh Bridgeman, Jason Hassett, Killian Ryan, Oisin Moss, Diarmuid Hynes, Tom Lloyd, Eoin G. Ryan, Jake Foley, Brian Treacy, Ciaran Uwatse, Michael Lorigan, David Bridgeman, Colin Rochford, Luke Walsh, Cian O’Doherty, Eoin P. Ryan, Stephen Dilworth, Darragh O’Sullivan, Conor Galvin, Billy Molyneaux.