BY RUTH LENNON: Minor Hurling League A Final between Aodh Ruadh 3.8 and Setanta 1.11 was held at Mc Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey on the 28th June.
On a lovely evening for hurling both teams served up a very entertaining Minor League Final full of passion and commitment that saw the underdogs Aodh Ruadh claim the title.
Before the game there was a minutes silence for Eithne Gallagher from Ballyshannon wife of Aodh Ruadh club president Jim “The Natch” Gallagher who died in a traffic accident the previous day. Setanta were quicker to get into their stride and raced into a 5 point lead that could have been more only for a great save by Aodh Ruadh keeper Donie O’Keefe.
A few long range frees from Eddie Lynch kept the Erne Siders in touch and a great goal before half time by Jamie Brennan left the bare minimum between the team at the break Setanta 0.8 Aodh Ruadh 1.4.
The second half was a very tight affair as the physically stronger Killygordon men looked like they were going to hold on for victory. A couple of quick fire goals by Jamie Brennan and Colm Kelly set on Aodh Ruadh on the road to victory but the men from the Cross ensured a nervous last few minutes when they grabbed a goal, but some heroic defending by Aodh Ruadh ensured they ran out winners.
In the Minor Hurling League B Final Buncrana ran out deserved winners over a very competitive MacCumhails. Well done to both teams.
The Minor Championship Semi-Finals will be played this Sunday 15th July at 7pm. St Eunans play Buncrana in ODonnell Park and Setanta play MacCumhails at the Cross.
The U16 and U12 leagues are now in full swing with all matches being played every Thursday at 7pm
Well done to Pauric Neeley of St Eunans who represented the County in the National U14 Hurling Skills Competition last Friday.
Well done to both Buncrana and AodhRuadh U14 Hurling Teams who represented the County in the National U14 Feile Competitions held in Dublin. Both teams played magnificently taking some great wins over clubs from strong hurling counties.
The County U12 Skills competition will take place on either the 18th or 25th August 2012 at 6pm in Pairc na nGaeil, Letterkenny. The date will be confirmed after the August bank holiday.
The Under 8 Hurlers attended a blitz in Dungloe on Sunday. Four competitive games were provided for each team with Dungloe, Gaoth Dobhair St. Eunans and the Letterkenny gaels in attendance. As usual Dungloe put on a great blitz which was enjoyed by all in attendance.
Hurling and Camogie opportunities for schools were afforded as part of the West Donegal Cumann na mBunscoil which was held at Magheragallon pitch,
Gweedore on 19th June 12. Seven teams competed in the hurling and four
teams in the camogie. The hurling included teams from Luinnagh, Dore,
Derrybeg, Bunbeg, Loughanure and Roshine South with some of the larger
schools having more than one team and the Camogie comprising Dore,
Loughanure, Derrybeg and Roshine South.