O'Loughlins u8s were out again on Sunday following they're successful day at the Diosese of Ossory blitz earlier this month. This time they were pitted against Graigue/Ballycallan. 2 teams played gallantly throughout the morning but found themselves up against it against a very strong opposition. First Communions and school events meant that a good portion of the O'Loughlins teams were unavailable. So reinforcements were called upon from our Camogie colleagues in the form of Grace Sheridan and Ena Lawlor. Both girls were certainly undaunted by the challenge and were arguably the best players on the day. A big thanks to them and to O'Loughlins Camogie for the temporary transfer for this occasion.
2 games were played by both our teams and although they were outscored they lads certainly showed some good passages of play. James Furlong left the field in good form satisfied with his mornings work and surely will put this self-confidence to good use when this bunch of players are out again. Daniel McCormack started in goal and after a steady performance between the sticks came out the field to put up a good score from placed ball himself and set up a couple of scores to finish the morning well. Daniel Byrne got himself on the score sheet as well after some great work by the aforementioned Grace Sheridan.
Without doubt the performance of the day was from young David Balfour. David is a newcomer to this team and is already showing signs of been one of this teams 'go-to men'. Well done David and keep it up.
The lesson of the day has to be that practice at home in addition to training time is very important. Some of the play from our boys fell a little short of the standard. O'Loughlin Gaels GAA is very lucky to have vast facilities in the middle of town open all day long for our young players to use. The wall ball at the sides of the club house is available always so all you young players are encouraged to come up and use it. Brings your brothers, cousins, friends, mams and dads and get practicing. Practice does make perfect and to be very good you've got to practice outside of training time.
O'Loughlins u8s are next out on the 7th of June when we will have 2 teams take part in the Dicksboro hurling festival. Training continues on Thursday evening 6.30pm and Sunday mornings at 10.30am.