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U8's travel to Croke park

14 July 2014

The U 8 panel had a wonderful day out when they travelled to Croke
Park last Monday week 14th July. They travelled to Dublin by bus
with many parents, brothers, sisters and coaches. Their day started off with a
tour of the changing rooms and warm-up area before they were lead up the tunnel
on to the famous Croke Park pitch which many a player would wish to grace.
Dunnamaggin had two teams, U 7 and U 8 both of which were up against St.
Martin’s from Wexford. The U 8’s, under the mentorship of Padraig Lawton and
Stephen Gilmore got off to the perfect start in these 20 minutes aside games
with some quick goals to get them to an early lead. In the adapted rule game a
goal was worth 1 point and a point 3 points. The U 7’s were looked after by
Colm Deegan and Philip Tallon found the initial going tough and conceded some
early goals. Half time came very quickly as the radiant sunshine continued to
illuminate the famous ground. Dunnamaggin regrouped and the forwards became
backs and vice versa as the rules dictated. The U 8’s took up where they had
left off and goals and points came easily to earn victory. The U 7’s now also
started to get to the speed of the game and their opponents and finished very
strong and got back to snatch victory from the Wexford boys before the fulltime
whistle. The full panel then were escorted up the famous Hogan stand steps
where they grouped together and got to lift a replica trophy. The day was
topped off with a trip to McDonalds. Special thanks to all the coaches,
particularly Philip Tallon who organised the whole day and to Stephen Gilmore
who produced an A3 photographic momento of the day which was presented to the
players at their next training session.