Craughwell U7/U8 Invitation Hurling Tournament   24/09/2012

Craughwell GAA Juvenile Committee organized an U-7/U-8 Hurling Tournament in the clubs training ground yesterday, Sunday the 23rd of September. There was 7 Clubs invited (Athenry, Clarinbridge, Ardrahan, Kilconieron, Turloughmore, Oranmore-Maree & Kilnadeemna/Leitrim).

The weather was perfect for the event, and the pitches were in great condition to hold the matches. With over 260 players, plus parents and supporters, the pitches were a buzz of activity.

The matches ran off on time, and there were some outstanding matches - most notably the semi-final of the U-8 section between Turloughmore and Craughwell was one of the best games of juvenile hurling at any age this year. It had skill and passion in abundance from both sides.

Craughwell U-7's performed very well and got to the Semi-Final, only to go down to the eventual winners Clarinbridge. Clarinbridge came out on top in the final against Turloughmore. Craughwell U-8's won their group, with some keen contests with Oranmore and Athenry, but Craughwell topped their group. They then met Turloughmore in Semi-final which was an epic match from both sides, Craughwell coming out on top. Craughwell met Kilnadeemna/Leitrim in final. The lads had most of play in first half but could not push home their advantage. In second half it was a tighter affair, with Kil/Leit getting the all important free that was the difference between both sides in the end.

The U-7's and U-8's from all clubs can be proud of their display's and bodes well for the young lads next year. Craughwell Juvenile committee would like to thank all the clubs for coming and many thanks to the parents and helpers and referee's who made the day a success for the club and all the clubs involved.

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