celebrating 125 years since the first All Ireland Hurling Final, which took place in Birr. It consisted of eight teams, from different counties including Faughs from Dublin, Meelick from Galway, Thurles Sarsfields from Tipperary, Smith O Briens from Clare, Tullaroan from Kilkenny, Loughgiel Shamrocks from Antrim and two clubs from Offaly Birr and Coolderry. Our lads first game was against Coolderry from Offaly. In what was a very close tense affair the Shels boys were victorious in the end by the slimmest of margins 2.12 to 3.08. That put us into a semi final this time against Tullaroan. An excellent first half display laid the foundations for victory here with our lads going in leading 5.05 to 2.06 at the interval. A couple of early second half goals secured victory with the Shels boys winning on a scoreline of 7.10 to 3.08. Loughgiel Shamrocks came through the other half of the draw, which meant we had to travel back up the next day for the final. A parade from Birr town square to St Brendans Park for the finals helped make this a very special occasion for all involved. Throw in for the final was 2.30pm. After a very even start to the game the scores were level at 1.02 each after 10 mins. It was from this point that the Shels boys started to pull away and were leading at half time 3.08 to 2.02. No let up from the over the water boys in the second half, and with some excellent scores ran out winners on a scoreline of Shels 6.13 loughgiel 3.03. Captain Liam Rockett received the Trophy from hurling legend Tony Redden much to the delight of his team mates. It was a very well organized tournament with Brian Whelehan doing trojan work in this department. These boys did the club proud on the day, and as well as really enjoying the experience, it also provided some excellent practice matches for the lads as the business end of the championship is just around the corner.
Our U14 Hurlers made the long trip to Birr in Co. Offaly last Saturday to take part in the Birr GAA Club Celebration of hurling Tournament