The club has been enthralled with our Junior team’s brilliant and valiant League campaign. This culminated in a semi-final play-off against Eire Og last week. Unfortunately the tables were turned when an earlier victory by one point a few weeks ago turned in to the narrowest of defeats by one point in extra time in the semi-final. The teams were very evenly matched and although Eire Og led by 3 points at half time, Parnells played their way back in to the game and led by one point into the final minutes only to have the game snatched away in the final minutes.
The prospect of extra time seemed daunting for both teams given the sweltering conditions but both sides stepped up to the challenge. Going into the final 10 minutes, nothing could split them and the game was in the balance at 3 – 12 to 2 – 15 apiece. Parnells had chances around the goal mouth but it was Eire Og to get the last point with less than 1 minute to go. When the final whistle was blown, Parnells players, the management and supporters were all exhausted physically and mentally. There is no doubt that they gave more than 100% on the pitch and even with water breaks the game had drained everyone involved.
An exciting game and well done to Eire Og and now the focus changes to the Championship where we face St. Anthony’s in early August. The team is still developing as a young side and their Mullarkey Cup and League campaign will stand them in good stead and with continued training the side will embrace the Championship challenge.
Events to look forward to after the summer are the Youth Golf Day taking place on Friday 13th September at Stanmore Golf Club. Information is in circulation and will be on the website soon. Also on Saturday 14th September we will be hosting our U12 Commemorative Games for the Ryan, Togher and Somers trophies. This year we will be introducing a new trophy competition for an U13 girl’s competition in honour and in memory of Brendan Lynch (RIP). We will be welcoming visiting teams including Sean McDermotts from Birmingham and Ballyporeen from Tipperary. The club will celebrate with football and family fun and hope that it will be a great success and look forward to everyone joining us.
The season continues and Parnells are always happy to welcome at our bases, Harrow Rugby Club and Northwick Park, new players across all age groups and ability. For U6-17 please contact Colin McGuinness (07779 340398) or Veronica Bailey (07768 635534) and for the Senior/Junior teams, please contact Tony Griffin (07966 160999) or Dennis Diggins (07768 352680). Training for the Youth section will resume w/c 2/9.
For all Parnells Club activity and training information please visit our website www.parnellsgaa.com .Tweet