On Saturday 20th April our Under 7 Boys took to the field at Piltown in their very first Go Games.
Their first games were to be against our neighbours Ratoath who brought enough players to set up three games at a time on the top pitch. The sun was splitting the stones and our kids were in fine form for the games. Our very own Damien Beaky refereed a number of the games, the first since he completed the referees course with Meath GAA recently. Both Cilles and Ratoath coaches refereed some games and it must be said that everyone got into the spirit of Go Games with more emphasis on fun than competition. With gentle guidance here and there the games improved significantly as the matches went on.
After some hotly contested games where you could see real development in the children each team moved pitch to take on another team from Ratoath which kept things fresh and allowed our boys time to regroup.
While most children want to see the net bulge after they score a ‘worldy’ the encouragment from both sets of coaches was to take the points when available, concentrate on kick outs and contest for the ball.
The games were played at a quick pace and at times were physical but fairness was the order of the day and everyone left happy with the days games.
In the spirit of Go Games both teams retired to the clubhouse where parents and coaches had laid on ample refreshements for players from both teams. Credit must go to the coaches of the boys on the day and those that train them at the Academy each Sunday. Thank you to Cianan, Damien, Jude, Paula, Michelle and Sandra for organising this event and we look forward to many more in the future.
Special thanks to the coaches and parents of Ratoath who were great sport and a pleasure on the day, also to Damien Beaky for his near County standard refereeing in the face of severe pressure!!!
Images from the day can be found in the St Colmcilles Archive HERE
Photos: Brian Mulligan