Abbeyleix U-10s travelled to Saint Mary‘s Naas last weekend to attend the Newbridge U10s Blitz fielding three teams who enjoyed a very sporting Hockey Blitz.
Each team had to work hard in their games and particularly our youngest team who gained a lot of experience in their four games.
The more experienced players really gave their opponents good, challenging games. As is intended in this Blitz format, all players improved their skills with every game played.
Teams from Naas, Newbridge, North Kildare & Abbeyleix brought to almost 150 young players who took part in the games along with their team leaders.
The club are very grateful to the organisers in Newbridge - Lynda, her organising team, the Umpires, caterers & all who made the day so enjoyable. Abbeyleix Club is very grateful to Sarah, Pauline, Mary, Mairéad & Bryan who ably assisted the teams. Another super experience for our young & promising players in the 2012-2013 season on a fresh spring morning.
Our next Blitz & last U10s Blitz of the season, is scheduled for March 10th 2013 hosted by our own Club. This Blitz will be held in the Caragh Road Sport’s Centre with the kind permission of Naas Hockey Club.
Abbeyleix will organise the event along with the catering! Meanwhile we will continue to prepare by spending our sessions practicing lots of skills.
Abbeyleix 1: Michael Culliton, Emma Holohan, Alison Kelly, Grace Kerfoot, Inez Looney, Jessica Shirley, & Adam Shirley. Team Leader: Sarah & Bryan
Abbeyleix 2: Rachel Fitzpatrick, Tally Hassett ,Mae Looney, Louise Moynan, Darragh Phelan, Una Rafter, Colm Rafter & Daisy Jay. Team Leader: Pauline & Mairéad
Abbeyleix 3: Thomas Bradley, Nathan Blundell, Orla Looney, Paige Moore, Amy O Halloran, Ava Shirley, Sarah Talbot & Orla McCorry. Team Leader: Mary & Marie
U-16 West Leinster
The Abbeyleix U16s have a busy few weeks ahead with season defining fixtures against Naas on 24th Feb. and Newbridge provisionally fixed for March 3.
Two victories will ensure league success; any dropped points will leave team depending on other results. The season ends on March 24 with the 4th annual West Leinster U-16s 11 aside tournament in Kilkenny College. This event has grown to being one of the main underage hockey events in midlands.
Teams from Naas, Newbridge, Tullamore, North Kildare, and Kilkenny and hosts Abbeyleix.
North Kildare and Abbeyleix lead the way on six point each with Tullamore 2 a point behind.
Naas have two points while Newbridge and Tullamore 1 have a point each.
Outstanding matches: Tullamore 2 v North Kildare; Newbridge v Naas; Abbeyleix v Newbridge; Tullamore 1 v Newbridge Matches due to be played as per schedule on February 24: Tullamore 2 v Tullamore 1; Newbridge v North Kildare; Abbeyleix v Naaas