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Warwickshire Under12's Trip to Kildare & Dublin

posted 20 Jul 2015, 11:26 by T Gaa   [ updated 20 Jul 2015, 11:49 ]
Warwickshire under 12s visit to Kildare and Croke Park 

The under 12s county squad recently went on tour to Kildare and Dublin. 

Friday 11th July 2015 We travelled to Dublin and visited the Croke Park Museum and toured the ground. 


We then travelled down to Round Towers Gfc in Kildare; who kindly volunteered to host Warwickshire for the weekend. Many thanks to Round Towers for the overwhelming hospitality shown to players, parents and mentors. 

Saturday 12th July 2015 A total of ʼ15ʼ Irish clubs plus Warwickshire took part in the Fergus Hopkins Tournament at Round Towers Gfc. The organisation and quality of play were second to none. Warwick-shire competed extremely well and demonstrated brilliant skills and sportsmanship. Warwickshire (1-12) v OʼDempseys (0-10) Warwickshire (3-05) v Gusserane OʼRahillys (1-06) Warwi
ire (2-07) v Salthill, Knocknacarra (2-07) Unfortunately, Warwickshire were knocked out at the quarter final stage by Summerhill, from Meath. Summerhill were the eventual winners of the event. Our host club, Roun
dtowers Gfc, were also knocked out at quarter final stage and commented on the ability of our squad. 

Sunday 13th July 2015 Warwickshire travelled back to Dublin and had the privilege of being able to demonstrate our skills in Croke Park during the half-time of the Senior Leinster Championship Final - Dublin v West Meath (attendance 48,000). 

What an experience for both players and mentors! Something that will be remembered for many years to come. Following the thrills of Croke Park, Warwickshire had a challenge match against Raheny GAA, Dublin. Again, Warwickshire held their own and showed that we are able to compete against high calibre teams. To finish a brilliant weekend, Warwickshire came home with a victory: Warwickshire (5-16) v Raheny (5-07).

 Warwickshire were also fortunate enough to be able to meet Dublinʼs Mid-fielder, Brian Fenton in the clubhouse and also had photograph opportunities. Appreciation is extended to Raheny who agreed to the challenge request and provided refreshments. Thank you to all involved in creating this experience and memories for children to take through to their adulthood. An unforgettable weekend was experienced by players and mentors.