On the 2nd of July, 2 teams travelled to Nass GAA club after being invited to play in a tournament which included Ballyboden St Endas from Dublin, Portlaoise from Laois and Naas from Kildare.The excitement was high on the journey up to Kildare as some of the players were wondering what the accent of the other teams would be like, while Sean Lydon admired the round bales in the lush Kildare fields.
When we arrived at Naas GAA club, all the panel were taken to a dressing room to tog out and finally get to wear the treasured Moycullen jersey. Two Moycullen teams were lined out and ready to take the field. Moycullen green team topped their group and made it through to the cup semi-final where a one-point victory against a very tough and physical Portlaoise team put them through to a final against Naas.
Moycullen white made it through to the shield semi-final from their group and produced a great team performance to win the semi-final against Naas and put another Moycullen team in a final. Out of the three finals on the day, Moycullen would contest two of them. The only issue supporters had now was that the two finals clashed and ran at the same time.
And what great finals took place. Moycullen’s green team beat Naas by one point and Moycullen white team lost by a point to a last-minute goal. At the final whistle, it was a case of agony and ecstasy for both players and supporters. When both teams got back to the dressing room it was a testament to the group how they all celebrated the day out together. It was then up to the clubhouse to get presented the trophy and medals and some well-deserved food.
On the long journey home, the coaches and parents thought the panel of players would be tired, but how wrong they were. The sounds of laughter and the outburst of songs by the lads made the journey very short. The day did not end there for them, however. When the bus pulled into the car park at An Fuaran the boys got a great boost to see lots of brothers and sisters and parents waiting for them. When this group of players look back on this day in years to come it will bring a smile to their faces and the whole day from start to finish was a massive success. Days like these take work in the background to come together and we would like to thank the following people for their contributions to it.
To the Football club and Cathal Lucey for covering the cost of the bus.
To Proinsios Moughan for the first aid kit.
To Centra and Elllie Kyne for the treats on the way home.
To Sean Lydon for taking great photos.
To Mairéad Ní Cheallaigh for the three kits for the lads and for all the great photos.
Finally, I would like to thank the panel of players who travelled and all the parents who travelled on the
bus and by car. The lads really appreciated the support from the side-line when it was needed and all the
well-dones and taps on the back.
Finally, Cumann Peile Mhaigh Cuilinn would like to thank Naas GAA for the invite and hospitality shown to all.U10 Coaching team