2012 North American Finals – Day 1
On Day one of the NACB finals at Pennypack Park in Philadelphia conditions were warm and the fields were in good shape. There were 6 teams from the Northeast division in action and five came through their early round games.
Fr. Tom’s junior hurlers defeated Vancouver comfortably with some good performances from Tadgh O’Huallachain, James Dooley, Kevin Mooney, and James McGrath and ran out 2-28 to 2-7 winners.
The Cork junior footballers had to work a bit harder in their quarter final against Atlanta. Holding a comfortable lead at the break, Cork fell behind and with 6 minutes left trailed by a point. Lar Barden and Paddy Ryan swung the game with a goal each and the rebels ended up 7 point winners.
Donegal took extra time to beat Young Irelands Philadelphia in the junior A competition, a trophy that has proven to be very hard for a Northeast team to win. Donegal will meet Padraig Pearses from Chicago tomorrow. The Shannon Blues also played the host team, St. Patricks, in the senior quarter finals and came through to meet Vancouver in tomorrow’s semi-final.
The junior C hurlers had a mixed bag. The Barley House Wolves played two games and came through both with a bit to spare. First against Denver and then a Southeast team that entered the competition. BHW will face St. Louis tomorrow, the team that pipped them in last year’s final. Portland went down to Indianapolis and will enter the shield competition.