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U13 Austin Stacks Tournament - 10th September

posted 10 Sep 2011, 08:28 by Unknown user   [ updated 16 Sep 2011, 05:08 ]
The Athlone U13’s traveled early on Saturday morning to participate in the Austin Stack’s tournament. In our group were Nemo Rangers from Cork, Dingle and the host club Austin Stacks from Kerry. Games were 12 mins aside and only 2 plays were allowed.

First up was Nemo Rangers and this was the classical game of 2 halves! There was a very strong wind blowing directly down the pitch and we had to play against it in the first half. As this was the first time for this group of players to play together this year we were slow to settle in to our pattern of play. After putting up a strong defense we were 6 points to 1 down at half time.  After we turned over with the wind on our backs we started to dominate possession but unfortunately the shooting boots were not on. The lads gave it everything and we lost by the narrowest of margins 6 points to 5.

Out next match was against Dingle and this was played on the 2nd pitch and the strong wind was now blowing from side to side. Again we got off to a slow start but once we got into our stride we went on to win by a point on a score line of 2 – 4 to 1 – 6. 

Our final game in the group stages was against the hosts Austin Stacks. Austin Stacks got off to a very strong start and try as we might we just could not get back into the game. Our shooting was a little bit wayward but the boys gave it all and we lost on a score line of 1 – 5 to 0 – 4. 

After the group stages were over we had qualified to play in the Abie Allen plate semi final. This game was against Na Gaeil from Tralee. We had the same pattern again in this game as we allowed the opposition to get a strong start on us, 6 points to no score at half time. It was obvious that the lads were tiring, we had a small panel of players, but they were giving it everything. With some small changes at half time we got ourselves back into the game and try as we might we could not get the scores that the effort the boys put in deserved. When the final whistle went the score was 0 - 7 to 1 – 2 and we had just come up short again.

What a fantastic showing by the lads all day long, we had a very young team playing. They can all be very proud of their efforts and were extremely well behaved all the time. With the football now finished we went to the Castle Hostel in Tralee where we were staying for the night. When we had everybody sorted out in their rooms, it was time for dinner and Amby would only go to one place, his favourite (and Ned’s as well), McDonalds! With all fed and a visit to shops over, it was back to the hostel for an exciting night. Some of the boys had an early morning start again on Sunday as they were up for the Ireland rugby game but Ned and Amby, who were still very tired after their exploits on Saturday decided to stay in bed for a lie in.

Well done to all the boys and a big thank you to them on their excellent behaviour over the whole weekend. They were a credit to their families and the club. They are already looking forward to next year’s tournament.

Panel for the weekend was;  Conor Devaney, Kevin Temple, Michael Doolan, Tom Cunniffe, Diarmuid Martin, David Cleary, Brandon Quinn, Tadgh Prendergast, Sean Dowd, Ben Troy, Robert Taepe, Benny Martin, Joshua Beaumont, Dylan Temple, Dylan Keogh, Donagh Prendergast, Niall Doolan, Raephy Hannon and Eamon Martin. Mentors were Amby Fogarty, Eoin O’Neill and Joe Temple.

Many thanks to all the parents that travelled down, the extra help and support is always welcome. Thanks too to Ger Ryan, the bus driver, for all his help and advice.   So here’s to next year.