u12 County Champions

U12 Hurling County Final Friday 30th August @18.45 in Thurles

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Burgess 2-05  Ballyneale 3-00

All roads out of Burgess on Friday evening lead to the Durlas Og pitch in Thurles for the meeting of north champions Burgess and the south champions Ballyneale in the 2013 U12 county hurling final. A tight tough encounter was anticipated by all and it lived up to its billing.

Burgess played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and were quick out of the blocks when Aaron Sharkey rattled the Ballyneale net for his first goal of the game. Burgess were now on the ascendency, with great teamwork and attitude took the game to Ballyneale. This was also due to a Brendan Cummins like save by Oisin Hynes after 9 minutes. Between the 10 and 15 minute Cathal Conneally struck two great points and Jack O’Keefe one to leave Burgess leading by 1-03 to no score.  Burgess were rocked by a Ballyneale goal just before halftime where a hard shot from the wing forward deceived the burgess keeper and end in the net leaving the ht score Burgess 1-03 Ballyneale 1-00.

Burgess regrouped at halftime as they knew Ballyneale would put it up to them for the remaining 20 minutes. Another superb point from Cathal Conneally kept the scoreboard ticking over. Again Ballyneale came at Burgess and were rewarded with their second goal 8 minutes into the second half leaving Burgess only 1 point ahead playing into the wind. Like all great teams as soon as they conceded, Burgess with some fine passing found Aaron Sharkey free in front of the Ballyneale and the net shook for a second time and the umpire raised the beautiful green flag for Burgess. Legs on both sides were now tiring and all subs had been used so both sides dug deep looking for the next score. Ballyneale were rewarded when Burgess defence failed to clear a ball and it ended in the Burgess net leaving Burgess now only 1 points up and five minutes left to go. Again Burgess went on the attack and as the ball broke to Sean Dunne whom made space and struck a fine point from his right side. The large contingent from Burgess were now vocal and roared on the team.  Ballyneale threw the kitchen sink at Burgess but the defence was now water tight and when the referee Kevin Jordan blew the final whistle there were great scenes of joy and celebration from the Burgess players, mentors and supporters.

Burgess had won their first county U12 hurling final as well as adding the north hurling and football titles to their cabinet.  Ironically they won the hurling final by the same amount as they lost the football county final earlier this year the only game they lost all year. What an achievement by these young lads and lassies. When the going got tough in the second half these players dug deep and believed in themselves. Like the line in the song “success to burgess hurlers, may their courage never fail” which was true for all to see this evening.

Sean Dunne accepted the Cup from the juvenile county chairman on behalf of the team and thanked Ballyneale for a wonderful sporting game. A large procession of cars headed back to Newtown passing through Nenagh blowing horns and waving jerseys. A great night was had in Reidy’s afterwards.

The management of the U12’s and Burgess Juvenile committee would like to thank all the U12 players for bringing great success to the club and parish. They played all year as a team and believed that they could beat anyone. We would like to thank the parents and large burgess vocal support (great to see Donie Nealon and Chris Cooney celebrate after the game). We would like to thank Timmy Maher, Fergal McDonald, Paudie Butler and Vincent McKenna for taking some coaching sessions throughout the year. We wish Killian Hogan and his family all the best as they move to the UK. Finally a big thank you to Padraig Hogan for recording the games throughout the year.

Burgess Team. O Hynes K Hogan E Morrissey J O’Keeffe T O’Neill C Maher A Sharkey S Dunne capt. C Conneally T Gibson C McAuliffe D Hogan J Cooney K O’Brien
Also M Ryan L Conneally O Tucker future Burgess U12 star

Man of the match – 14 Burgess players

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