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Strabane Sigersons G.A.A. Primary Schools Blitz

Saturday 07.06.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


Congratulations to Barrack Street Boys Primary school who won the Hugh Kelly Memorial Cup and Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh Girls who won the inaugural Susan McGillan Memorial Shield at Páirc Mhic Sioghair, Strabane.

IMG_6200Friday morning saw teams from the local Primary Schools take part in a very entertaining Gaelic Football blitz. The participating schools included Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh, St Marys, Barrack Street , St Marys Cloughcor, Evish, Dunamanagh, St Theresa’s Glebe, St Eugene ‘s Victoria Bridge and St Joseph ‘s Glenmornan. These participating schools had the option of playing in a non-competitive section or to compete for the Hugh Kelly Cup and Susan McGillan Shield.IMG_6206

The Hugh Kelly Cup is in its second year after being introduced in 2013 to commemorate the passing of Sigersons’ honorary president Hugh Kelly. The winners then were St Mary’s Boys who again this year contested the final against Barrack Street Primary School . The match was a truly thrilling encounter with the two schools matching each other score for score throughout the game. Some fantastic football was played in a very competitive and tense game which saw Barrack Street score the winning point in the dying seconds of the game. Barrack Street captain Eoin Barkley proudly lifted the Hugh Kelly Cup on behalf of his teammates whilst St Mary’s pupil Ronan McGinley collected the player of the tournament for catching the eye of Tyrone player Dan McBride in the earlier rounds of the tournament.IMG_6204

The Susan McGillan Memorial Shield was introduced this year to preserve the memory of another recently deceased honorary vice president. Susan McGillan was a great ambassador for Gaelic Football and Irish language in Strabane it is therefore very fitting for the girl’s teams of the local Irish Language School , Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh to win the inaugural event. The Gaelscoil took on St Mary’s Cloughcor in the final of the girls section. Again, some excellent football was played throughout the earlier rounds and indeed the final but the Gaelscoil proved too strong on the day. Their captain Mariah Fahartaigh lifted both the trophy on behalf of her school and the player of the tournament for her personal performances throughout the tournament.

With the objective of the event to give all primary school children in the Strabane area an opportunity to sample the joys of Gaelic Football it was great to see the massive turnout of schools and pupils. For some of the children it was their first exposure to Gaelic Football and given the levels of skill on show all the boys and girls were encouraged to go along to their local GAA Clubs join in their coaching sessions.


Sigersons wish to thank Anne Daly and the rest of the Tyrone GAA coaches for assisting in organising the event, Aodhán Harkin for organising the trophies and medals and the family and friends of the McGillan family who assisted with the prize giving. Thanks also to Sigersons and Tyrone player Dan McBride and the Sigersons coaches and referees who week in and out unselfishly give up their time to assist with the development of Sigersons youth members.
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