Kinvara's Feile report

posted 15 Apr 2013, 15:23 by Unknown user
This year the Galway Feile Hurling took a new format, based largely on the national Feile, with the competition being played over the one weekend with hosts clubs being nominated. The Feile was played over the weekend of Friday 5th - Sunday 7th April and was a huge success. All "A" and "A1" clubs played in the Toddie Byrne Cup, all "B" and "B1" teams played for the Justin Cheevers Cup, while the "C" teams played in The Toddie Byrne Shield. Although for Kinvara it would be great to be competing in the Toddie Byrne Cup, we instead were competing as a "B" side in the Justin Cheevers Cup.

There was 16 teams in the Justin Cheevers Cup, broken down into 4 groups of 4 teams. Kinvara were drawn against St. Thomas', Abbeyknockmoy and Tommie Larkins. Nothing easy about them sides!

Friday 5th eventually came and we played host and welcomed St. Thomas' to Faiche Padraic. It was great to have the recently crowned All-Ireland Club Champions to our club as we were all thrilled with their success. Amongst their U14s management was senior club and county star David Burke, and he kindly brought along both County and All-Ireland Cups for pics. Some of our lads were delighted to get a photo with him and cups, (as were some of the camoige girls!). Credit to all the parents who brought and helped with the half-time and full-time tea and coffees, sandwiches and cakes, buns and biscuits, and also to the committee for producing a small match programme to celebrate the occasion. But back to the hurling.....

Round 1:
ST. THOMAS' 1-4 beat KINVARA 1-3
Kinvara started the brighter in this match and by the 12th minute were on top leading 1-1 to 0-0, with both scores coming from Colm Keady Taabal. Our defence were holding the St. Thomas' forwards at bay, but 3 minutes before half-time they opened their account with a point. A lead at half time for Kinvara was vital, but 1 minute before the interval and St. Thomas shot for a goal to level matters at the half-way point. That goal was a major turning point and spurred the Peterswell /Kilchreest outfit on in the second half, as they stretched to a three point lead, with points scored on the 3rd, 7th and 10th minutes. Kinvara began to rally back, and when Colm Keady was brought down on the '21, Ger Linnane fired over the resulting free to leave just two points between the teams and 6 minutes left on the clock. 2 minutes later and Colm fired over an effort from play, but that was to be it for Kinvara as St. Thomas' held on for a great win. Mention must be given to their goalie who pulled for some great saves to deny Kinvara further goals.

Saturday 6th was next and so we headed off in convey over the mountains and along the lake and to Woodford, home of Tommie Larkins. Full credit to the local club you were great hosts and there was no shortage of teas and sandwiches. 

Round 2:
This was a must win game for Kinvara but it was never going to be easy against the Abbeyknockmoy lads. The match was level in the opening exchanges, with probably the margin of play going to Kinvara, but without any scores, with both goalie and woodwork denying us. The game turned with the opening score being a green flag for Abbeyknockmoy, and they ended up leading at the interval by 2-2 to 0-0. Kinvara came out battling in the second half, but a resolute Abbeyknockmoy defence were unyielding and stopped all Kinvara attacks. Our defence were also on top and gave nothing easy to their opponents, although Abbeyknockmoy did score three second half points in the closing stages. This was a lively match, and although Kinvara did not move the scoreboard, they made their opponents work hard for every score.

Kinvara had little time to rest after that game and were back on the field again to play the host club of Tommie Larkins.

Round 3:
It was a tired Kinvara side who lined out for this match, and this was evident in the opening half as Tommie Larkins led by 3-2 to 0-0 at the break. But full credit to the Kinvara lads in the second half as they battled back into the tie and outscored their opponents in the second half by 1-4 to 2-0. It would have been very easy for our lads to simply drop the heads and lose their discipline and structure, but full credit to whatever the half-time speech was, and they played their best 20 minutes of their Feile in that second half.

So, overall a great weekend. We didn't win any of our three games but did however play well and were unstuck by some superb goalkeeping in all three matches. The squad stopped off in Supermacs in Gort on the way home where a well deserved meal went down nicely!

Can't wait til next year and Feile again!

Kinvara 2013 Feile squad:
Ciaran O'Donohue, Sean Cahill, Neil Huban, Simon Whelan, Conaill Larrissey, Brendan Connolly, David Whelan, Darren Killkelly, Cathal O'Dwyer, Peter Mulleady, Louis Fossatti, Patrick Byrne, Ger Linnane, Cathal Murray, Danny Travis, Donal Keely, Karim Mullery, Brendan Linanne, Jake Comyn, Luke Connors, Thomas Connolly and Colm Keady Taabal.