The after school James Masters and Ben O’Connors took to the pitch at Coachford last Saturday (March 24) for the first games in Aghabullogue GAA Club’s juvenile parish league.
With registration, stretching excercises and limbering up complete, players hit the sod with gusto as dreams of one day playing like Masters and O’Connor flashed through their young heads.
Over the past weeks, the newly-formed juvenile section of the club have had a busy pre-season as coaches undertook a Level 1 training course in preparation for the coming season and began organising the leagues.
Over 100 primary school children from Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane donned their bibs and boots for one and a half hours of football and fun. Hurling will follow on in a couple of weeks time.
Boys interested in making new friends, getting exercise and learning the skills of the game, are invited to come along to Coachford GAA Sports Complex, every Saturday at 3.15pm to begin what could be a life-long interest in sport.
This is the first year Aghabullogue GAA Club have an official juvenile committee. “We wanted to deal with all the paperwork at the beginning of the season so that the coaches can concentrate completely on the hurling and football itself from now on”, juvenile club secretary Brian Murray said. “The pressure from other codes is building every year and we are determined to do all in our remit to encourage players to pick GAA games", new club chairman Niall Murphy said. “It is worth noting that despite escalating costs there is no charge for registration".
So what was the verdict after first day’s play? “Great being out with the lads again after the winter. All of us love rattling that net”. Now that’s a point Masters and O’Connor would certainly agree with.
JUVENILE CLUB CONTACTS:
Chairman Niall Murphy 087/2271944
Secretary: Brian Murray 086/997923