First Year Hurling

Garbally won silverware on the 11th April beating arch rivals Loughrea convincingly for a finish on a scoreline of 6-9 to 1-7.

Our voyage started out on the 14th October when we played Woodford in Garbally and won 4-7 to 2-6. Players to note in this encounter were Jack Kelly at centre back with his ability to cover his half back as well; he read the game as good as any senior.  Others to note were Daniel Glynn and Aodan Connaughton for their work rate and of course Diarmuid Claffey was deadly accurate from placed balls and open play.

On 10th November Oranmore travelled to Ballinsloe for the second round of games.  With the scores level at half time and Garbally playing against a breeze our backs had to work hard.  Gearoid Curley and Eoghan Costello were rock solid in defence, Karl Feehily and Kevin Curley worked hard at mid field.  With clinical deliveries from Jack Kelly and Diarmuid Claffey punishing the opposition from placed balls.  Garbally were now in the driving seat in the group with two comprehensive victories.  Kelvin Kelly in goal answered Oranmore’s call.

Due to the poor weather in December and January training was only resumed in early February.  With good turnout at training everything was very positive within this band of players.  With St Jarlath’s not fulfilling the third fixture Garbally were now in the final against Loughrea.

Cappatagle was the venue on a showery day.  Playing against the wind Dylan Ryan scored from close range which settled Garbally in the early stages but it was the five backs and centrefield of Gene Donohue and Kevin who worked tirelessly during the first thirty minutes, only allowing Loughrea four points with a strong breeze.  In the second half early on, Garbally ran riot with three early goals from Aodan Connaughton and Micheal O’Neill which laid the platform for Garbally to run out easy winners on a scoreline of 6-11 to 1-8.  Jason Kenny and Eoghan Costello were rock solid while the two midfielders took ownership of that space throughout.  Up front Daniel Glynn played a captain’s part as did Aodan Connaughton who took up a roving role a-kin to Lar Corbett and punished any Loughrea errors.  As was the case all year Diarmuid Claffey was very dependable on frees.

Garbally had just won beating old rivals Loughrea, their first title in our 20 years.

A special thanks to all the panel of twenty eight players for making this a successful year for first year hurling and hopefully it lays the foundation for better things to come in the future for Garbally.

Back row:  D. Ryan, M. O’Neill, G. Curley, J. Kenny, K. Kelly, D. Glynn, D. Mannion, L. Donagh, A. Connaughton, C. Riddell

Front row:  C. Goode, P. Regan, D. Curley, E. Costello, D. Claffey, E. Galvin,

E. Gavin, A. Barrett

Seated:  G. Donohue, J. Kelly