The Connemara Gaels junior B team went to Chicago for the North American County board finals, and came back with the junior B shield to add to their Boston Junior B championship. Many players got the first plane from Logan Friday morning to be in Chicago for the first game Friday afternoon, and the Boston representatives were defeated by a score of 3-13 to 0-8 by the Chicago Patriots. Fatigue worked against the Boston side, and the local team's superior fitness eventually wore down the Gaels. The Chicago side went on to win the championship.
However, the Gaels still had a chance to take some silverware home in the shield competition. The following day the Gaels beat the Pittsburgh Celtics by a score of 3-19 to 1-4 in the quarter final. Sunday morning was the semi versus the LA Wild Geese and it was the Boston boys that came out on top of this opposite coast battle by 1-20 to 2-3. Martin Kerr's intrepid heroes faced Charlotte in the shield Final and came out on top by a score of 1-22 to 1-4. With silver coming in at this rate an extra shelf will have to be installed behind the bar at JJ's on Dorchester Ave.
The team that traveled to Chicago was: Brian Joyce, Coleman Conroy, Kieran Lowe (Capt.), Vinny O’Malley, Pat Mac, Mikey McDonagh, Gary O’Malley, Tommy Sally, S. Conneeley, M. Conroy, Kevin Owens, Chris Lafferty, Conor Lohan, Steve King, Martin Kerr, Pat McTavish.
The Boston Shamrocks junior ladies did not fare as well and were beaten by San Fran in the semi-final. Like wise the junior C hurlers from Partland Maine who beat Denver in the quarter final, but were soundly defeated by eventual winners Chicago Cusacks in the semi-final.