The Feile hurling competition took place at the weekend and Shelmaliers were in action in Kilmore where they were joined by Our Lady’s Island and a Kilmore/Clonard combination for the group stages.
Our first match was against this combination team and Shelmaliers came out on top after a bruising encounter. However, injuries to Mossey Scallan and Hugh Peter Manley were to restrict them slightly for the remainder of the competition. There were good performances from Mossey Scallan, Ryan Hanrahan, Ciaran Rattigan O’Neill, Jason Murphy and Darragh Howlin as well as Jack Waters who tormented the opposing defence with his penetrating runs The next game then became a straight knockout between Shels and Our Lady’s Island as they had also accounted for Kilmore/Clonard earlier. This was another tough match this time between 2 evenly matched teams and with the sides deadlocked at 3 pts to a goal – it took an excellent late long range free from Ross Banville to decide the contest. Tom Keavney, Adam Kelly and Kyle Ferguson Murphy were the pick of the Shels this time while our u12’s were again proving to be valuable additions to the team with Dylan O’Neill, Paul Hearne, Joe Devereux, Aodhan Byrne and Conor Roche also performing well. Thomas O’Connor who was playing very well also took a heavy knock in this game.
This results meant that the Shels qualified to meet Oilgate in the ¼ final which was held at 2pm in Oilgate. This proved to be a step too far for our young team and Oilgate simply proved to be too good on the day. Despite the best efforts of the Malone Brothers, Darragh and Tiernan, Mark Doyle and Davy Harte, Oilgate scored 3 early goals and the Shels never recovered from this setback. They did manage 2 points from the stick of Ross Banville – the first a delightful long range strike from play but despite a valiant effort from the entire team and subs – Oilgate ran out easy winners in the end.
However, they still can look back on a successful group stage and with Aaron Doyle hoping to return later in the year they can look now look forward to the championship in the Summer.