5 times All Ireland champions plus runner up twice. Only club in the country to win 3 in a row titles. Double champions in the same year. All of the above describe some of Wolfe Tones achievements in the wonderful Feile U14 competitions in hurling and football.
In the last week, the 2011 versions of these competitions kicked off and Wolfe Tones were hopeful of a promising start to the campaigns. Football was up first with a trip to Lissycasey last Sunday. Here, the Tones had games against both the host club and Eire Og. Before the games, manager Matt O'Connor was quietly confident of qualifying from this group. This confidence was to prove justified. An impressive panel of 29 players plus 3 injured players proved far too strong for the opposition in both games. Eire Og were despatched on a 7-15 to 0-0 scoreline, while little more than an hour later the home club received a somewhat similiar defeat, Tones winning 4-12 to 1-2. All in all, a satisfactory mornings work. It should be noted that several of these players were training as early as the first week in January with county regional and district squads. Matt O'Connor was involved with these squads also and hopefully we are beginning to see the fruits of his labour being reaped. Next up is a quarter final appearance on April 10th against Kilmihil.
It was a busy week for these players as hurling and Pat Williams took over the reins. It was only 10 months since the club dressed herself up in all her finery for Feile na nGael 2010 and lots of good memories remained from that glorious weekend. How we would like to get a chance to travel to Galway for Feile na nGael 2011. First up though was the significant obstacle in the form of Kilmaley. The structure of the hurling Feile is straight knockout. Dissapointingly only 6 teams entered the competition and while the Tones got a bye to the semi final, Kilmaley had already knocked out Feakle-Killanena. Advantage so to Kilmaley. A blustery Clarecastle last friday was the venue. It was clear that whoever mastered the conditons would probably prevail and while Kilmaley led by 5 points at half time the clever hurlers on the ditch nodded knowingly to each other that it wouldn't be enough. And so it proved. An excellent team performance, garnished with 4 second half goals saw the club through to its first county Feile hurling final in far too long. The final score was Wolfe Tones 4-11 Kilmaley 1-9. There is no rest for this promising dual team as the county final is fixed for this friday April 8th. Clarecastle are the opponents and the Tones will be wary of them as the Magpies beat, perhaps surprisingly, Sixmilebridge in their semi final.
It is most important that these teams get as much support as possible, so please turn out if you can and hopefully you will hear the cavalcade shortly after 8pm next Friday passing your front door. For more information on these games and indeed all club matters please visit our website wolfetonesshannon.clare.gaa.ie. As soon as we know, you know!
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