Friday, March 1st 2013, will live long in the memories of lots of Scoil Ailbhe boys. The long wait was over, the previous ten round robin league games, quarter finals and semi finals completed, brought Wicklow and Limerick in the Senior Final and Cork and Offaly in the Minor Final together.
Andy Cooney, Moycarkey bagpiper appeared at 1.15pm and the Minor Teams lined up ready for their parade before throw-in.Â What a sight as hundreds of Scoil Ailbhe boys, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and past pupils lined up around the yard, lending their support.Â The atmosphere was electric and the cheering loud and as one female observer noted, â€˜it was similar to Croke Park in September!â€™
As the referee threw in the â€œballâ€ amongst the Minor players, the â€˜Go Gamesâ€™ model of participation for all in a non-competitive manner was applied and what a game it was. All Minor players are the winners and all received medals courtesy of Ger Sammon and Durlas Ã“g.Â The sound of the bagpipes resounded around Scoil Ailbhe again as the Senior teams marched onto the pitch.
From the throw-in, skills, passion, heart, ability and endeavour could be seen in abundance and none more so than from both captains. Shane and Jack. Space was at a premium on the pitch as boys battled to work themselves into a scoring position before being blocked or hooked.
All congratulated the four participating teams on wonderful games of hurling and also thanked all the other boys who participated in the Yard League throughout the year â€“ 182 in total!Â â€œHurling is alive and well in Tipperary,â€ Ger Sammon of Durlas Og remarked. Sean Nugent, GAA County Chairman emphasised to the boys to keep hurling with their clubs.
After a busy Winter/Spring league, we now return to the fields and letâ€™s hope that the hurling keeps on thriving in Scoil Ailbhe.Â Many thanks to all involved in making the Yard League â€“ â€˜a league of itâ€™s own!!!â€™