1st and 2nd Year Hurling Blitz in Fenagh
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The first and second year hurlers had a great day of tough competition in Fenagh on Tuesday. Making it all of the way to the final was a big achievement. The blitz was organised by Carlow GAA and saw a battle between schools such as St. Kierans, St. Peters, De La Salle Bagnelstown and another two teams made of an amalgamation of Carlow schools and Kildare schools.
Borris got off to a flying start facing the Carlow Schools team. Eoin Whelan proved to be a formidable force playing full forward with a personal tally of one goal and five points. Further goals came from captain Seannán Doyle and Cian Walsh who tore the Carlow defence apart to maintain a strong lead throughout the game. With such a large margin, a lesser team would have gave way but Carlow maintained composure to the end. A final score of 3:14 to 0:1 secured our place in the semi-final.
Going into the second game of the day we knew the Kildare Schools team would be a tough challenge. However, we called on our bench for the first half with a number of substitutions. Things were looking down going into half time when further changes were made and players asked to step up and turn the tide of the game from our nine point deficit. A great goal from Josh Barcoe rose spirits and Borris VS rallied for a final push – a comeback straight out of a movie! Borris worked hard against the physical Kildare side to create space and get the sliotar into the right hands. With the sun shining through the clouds Borris looked yet again towards Eoin Whelan to save the day. A call he gladly answered! An outstanding four goals in the dying minutes of the game ensured that Borris VS finished on top with a final score of 5:3 to 1:9. Borris VS were through to the final.
Our hopes for an all Carlow final were dashed when St. Peters overcame De La Salle Bagnelstown in the final minutes of extra time. Pitted against the Wexford side in the final, Borris VS was up against it from the beginning. With a final score of 0:9 to five points St. Peters led throughout to claim the silver cup. Borris kept the pressure on right to the end with points from Ryan Murphy and Ben Coleman while Eoin Whelan again led the personal tally with three points. Unfortunately, Borris VS were unable to get a firm footing on the scoreboard and the Wexford team prevailed. A great day of hurling to finish the 2016/2017 year on a high. Well done to all involved.