Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Youth Board Blitz

By Rory O’Donnell

The Boston Northeast youth board held its year-end blitz on August 20 at the ICC.  Hundreds of boys and girls from U6 to U16 from the Irish Sports Youth League, St. Brendan’s and Trinity Milton competed in the games of hurling and football in what was a great day out to end the outdoor season.  State representative, Walter Timilty, was also on hand to make presentations honoring the achievements of the clubs at the Chicago CYC last month.

State Rep Walter Timilty, Ellen Joyce, and Tara Walsh.
There was great excitement for the U12 football game featuring Trinity Milton, and St. Brendan’s and Irish Sports Youth League.  There was a dramatic finish to the game with the Trinity kids leveling the game with a point from the last kick.  There was also plenty of action for the U6s showing off all that they have learned through the guidance of their coaches.  U8 and U10 teams got a chance to compete, with the ISYL national champion U10s looking very impressive.  The hurlers capped off the day with a game featuring some very skillful youngsters who clearly are developing nicely.

Martin Riordan talks to his U12 footballer team
after a dramatic game.
The U14 and U16 footballers from all 3 clubs had the chance to play a 15-a-side game on the main field, the first time main field has accommodated a full game between the underage kids from the local clubs.  These kids are on the cusp of adult football and many will be lining out for adult clubs on that same field in the coming years.  The teams were managed by Chipper Bannon and Martin Kerr, and a big thanks to Jim Howard who stepped in to referee at the last minute. 

St. Brendan's and Trinity U8 in action.
During the Boston finals next Sunday, the U14 Feile Team and the underage clubs’ successes at the CYC will be honored at the Boston finals next Sunday before the senior hurling and men’s senior football matches.  Many thanks to the coaches and organizers and families from all of the underage clubs, and the supporters of youth development for contributing to the future of the games in the region. 

Action from the U14/16 game.

ISYL and Trinity Players 

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