Connolly/Cunniffe U14 - a great success   16/10/2012

Connolly/Cunniffe U14 Tournament Draws Curtain on successful Hurling Season
by Adrian Hession in Woodmount  

The Connacht GAA Development Squad Hurling Coaching Program for 2012 drew to a close recently as 180 young hurlers from around Connacht descending on the Padraig Pearses GAA Grounds in Roscommon for the annual Veronica Connolly/Micky Cunniffe Memorial Tournaments.

In total nine teams were in action throughout the days fare, with sixteen games played throughout the afternoons activities. 

In the Veronica Connolly competition, Galway County, MayoA, RoscommonA and SligoA competed in the round robin format, with Galway County eventually pipping a galant SligoA side in the final round - to claim the Veronica Connolly Memorial Cup. Mark Buckley (Ardrahan) received the Veronica Connolly Cup on behalf of his side from Gerry Connolly - presenting on behalf of the Connolly family.  

In the Micky Cunniffe Tournament, again the round robin format brought the best out of Galway City, RoscommonB, MayoB,SligoB and Leitrim, as the five teams got plenty of game time. Eventually Galway City showed their extra guile by claiming the Micky Cunniffe Memorial Shield, to the delight of the large band of Galway support present.  
The event was run by Connacht Coaching under the guidance of Connacht Hurling Administrator Damien Coleman (Galway), with the assistance of the county hurling development officers throughout the province.  
'Connacht GAA Coaching would like to thank Padraig Pearses GAA Club for the use of their facilities throughout the season, along with the referees, coaches, players and parents who helped in making the event such a success.'     


Veronica Connolly Tournament
Round 1
Galway County 3-12, RoscommonA 0-3
MayoA 0-3, SligoA 0-5
Round 2 
Galway County 2-7, MayoA 2-4
SligoA 2-5, RoscommonA 0-4
Round 3 
Galway County 3-6, SligoA 2-6
MayoA 4-5, RoscommonA 1-2  

Micky Cunniffe Tournament
Round 1
MayoB 1-4, Ross B 2-6
SligoB 0-2 Leitrim 2-10
Round 2 
Galway City 3-6, MayoB 0-3
SligoB 2-2, RossB 3-4
Round 3 
Galway City 3-7, Leitrim 0-4
SligoB 4-2 Mayo 0-5
Round 4 
Galway City 4-5, SligoB 2-1
Leitrim 3-8, RossB 1-6
Round 5 
Galway City 5-3, RossB 3-4
Leitrim 3-3, MayoB 0-5

By Adrian Hassett

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