We played out last game of 2019 on Saturday last in UL which was again attended very well given the time of year and other distractions. Another great game of 3 x 15 mins of hurling saw a win by a solitary point at the end of proceedings which is an indication to the evenness and competitiveness in some manners of the game. Referee John Meskell snr (who had the whistle firmly hidden away in his back pocket over the previous weeks games!) had difficulties keeping track of this free-scoring game which saw spells of fine skills, scores and set-up plays often evident, among the misses, poor touches and the odd mis-timed tackle! Well done again to all who took part on Saturday in the 7-aside game and indeed throughout the last few months.
We started out not knowing whether this over 35's game would be a runner at all, but high numbers from the off and given the manner in which they were sustained into the winter period showed very positive and this proved a great outlet for the masses who became involved. While enjoying a simple game of hurling was to the forefront of this trial, it has proved to be a great physical outlet as, while the games are oft-time competitive and quick, the game certainly caters for all levels of fitness, skills and needs (to take a breather!)
Throughout the months, we have had many former Ahane hurlers join back playing having spent years away from the field which was great to see, while we have given the opportunity for new members to the parish to get involved. We have also had hurlers from outside the parish togging - from the nearest of neighbours in Murroe/Boher, Doon, Newport, Caherconlish, Cappamore and Ballybricken, to players from clubs a little further afield (to name a few) from Pallaskenry/Kildimo, Granagh/Ballingarry, Tournafulla, , Eire Óg Nenagh, Kildare, Bruff (via Ballyskenagh in Offaly), Hospital/Herberstown and some from the All-Blacks of Knockainey…while we included an official New Zealander as well who took up the game for the first time a few months back and with one of the last plays in the game last Saturday was indeed seen to dispossess former Limerick and All-star hurler Ollie Moran!
We are planning to resume playing again in January in UL again on Astro-turf Saturdays (3-4pm). Anyone interested in joining up please contact any of us at the following numbers or keep an eye on the Ahane social media outlets in the new year.
John Meskell 087-4172339 / Ollie Moran 087-6830000 / John Meskell (snr) 087-2285241