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U12 Hurlers at N. Antrim Airborne hurling 27 March 2014

Last Sunday 23rd March saw our U12 hurlers back in action again at the annual North Antrim U12 indoor airborne hurling competition. This is an 8 aside indoor competition played on Dunloy’s fantastic 3G pitch using normal outdoor hurls and played using most of the normal hurling rules with the exception that the ball doesn’t go out of play. There is also a huge emphasis on catching and extra points are awarded for this. It is played at a frantic rate and really gets the players, and indeed the coaches hearts racing�

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As we have good numbers this year in our U12 hurling panel we were able to field 2 teams in this competition with one team in division 2 and one team in division 3. This ensured that our players had plenty of game time and more importantly no subs were required.
U12 Div 2 team:- Harry O’Donnell, Charlie McCloskey, Jack McFall, Shane McGuigan,Replica Watches Patrick Dougan, Colla McDonnell and Luke Mullan.
U12 Div 3 team:- James Lennon, Ben Friel, Luke Mulholland, Raymond Scullion, John O’Kane, Michael Mooney and Shea Neeson.
The division 2 lads were up first against with games against St Enda’s, Glenshesk, Glenarm and Glenravel. They were off to a great start with a close win over St Enda’s and a stronger win over Glenshesk. They then had a harder game against a strong Glenarm side and were beaten only on points scored by clean catches by Glenarm. The last game was a must win if they were to have any chance of a top 2 division place and advance to the div 2 final. The Clooney boys battled really hard and put in a fine 10:2 win over Glenravel. This was done by some fine blocking, lifting and passing in defence and some great scores and rebounds in the attack. With the ball only going out of play when it ended up in the net there was no time for passengers.
The division 3 boys then got under way with games against Loughgiel 2, Ballycastle 2, Dunloy 2, Cushendall 2 and Cushendun. This was also a very competitive league with our lads up against some very strong north Antrim teams. They got caught off guard in their first game of the day against Cunhendun and allowed an average Cushendun team beat them with some lucky scores. As they played their next games against Loughgiel and Dunloy they began to play with more determination and passion and were not going to allow the first game to be repeated. This resulted in better performances and scores from the Stinson’s with some great play from the defence in the art of blocking and hooking. As the Ballycastle game came round the boys were well warmed up and only narrowly missed out on a positive result. The final match against Cunhendall was by far their best game and only for a Cushendall equalising goal our division 3 boys almost had their first win of the day. In the end they had to settle for a draw and accept that that was one that got away.
All in all it was a great day for the Clooney lads in both divisions and a good opportunity for them to play fast and intense hurling at the beginning of another season. Hopefully the division 2 team can retain the title they won for the first time last year in a re match against Glenarm on Sunday 6th April.
Good luck to the boys in the final.

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