The North Antrim Board are holding a ten aside ground hurling competition as part of the Centenary Feis Celebrations over the weekend of 19th and 20th June 04.
The tournament commences on Saturday morning with 32 teams from five different counties Antrim, Tyrone, Derry, Armagh and Tipperary competing at 8 different venues. Teams will then be graded into new sections with teams of a similar standard and all 32 teams will again be in action on Saturday afternoon at four venues.
16 teams will compete again on Sunday morning in four section finals with the section 1 semi finals and final played at the Centenary Feis in Glenariffe.
The game itself is ten aside played across the field, no player can lift, catch or kick the ball with the exception of the goal keeper thus allowing all the players to get involved in the game whatever their standard. This reduces the possibility of one or two big players dominating which is something that happens too often in full scale hurling matches at under 12.
This game was first introduced to North Antrim in the late 1990’s by Games Promotion Officer Seamus Elliott. This style of game started in Co. Clare and is known in North Antrim as the Clareway.
The centenary ground skills competition was coordinated by Seamus Elliott at Feis 2000 in an initiative involving the Munster Council with 16 teams competing from Munster and 16 teams from North Antrim and Derry. Two years later 6 teams from North Antrim competed in Feis na Riocht a similar ground skills competition hosted in county Kerry.
Toomevara of Tipperary won the competition in 2000 and return again to participate in the competition this year.
The competition, organised this year by North Antrim vice Chairman Niall Kearney, is designed to be a fun event for all participants and their parents, with maximum involvement from the young players and minimum involvement from their mentors. Each club is encouraged to bring young referees to handle the games and hopefully some of these young men or women will catch the referring bug.
With a bit of luck the sun shines, the youngsters have a great time and enjoy a great day at Feis na nGleann after the competition comes to its finale with the presentations at 1.00 am on Feis Sunday in Glenariffe.
Sean Stinsons will be based in Carey on Saturday, and will play against the following opponents;
GROUP 3 - CAREY
10:30AM - Sarsfields v Sean Stinsons
11:00AM - Slaughneil v Sean Stinsons
11:30AM - Glenshesk v Sean Stinsons
On Saturday afternoon all teams will progress to the next phase of competition based on results from the morning group games, then on Sunday the Semi-Finals and Finals will be played at Cushendall and Glenariffe.