On June 30th the Sixmilebridge U10s hosted our annual Barry Quinn Tournament in a sun drenched O'Garney Park.
Six teams competed - 2 from SMB, 2 from Kilmaley and 2 from Clarinbridge. The tournament Group stage was run as a round-robin with each team playing 3 games. Only 2 teams completed the Group stage unbeaten - Sixmilebridge Blue and Clarinbridge White - who went on the play in the final.
The final was a tense affair with the Bridge boys dominating for long stretches but failing to pull away from a dogged Clarinbridge outfit. They eventually prevailed,
helped on by great support from the SMB Yellow team who had finished their last game a little earlier. Players and supporters from all teams waited to see the Barry Quinn Tournament cup being presented by Barrys mother Patsy Quinn to SMB Blue captain Zak Phelan.
While it is always nice to win, the most satisfying thing about the day was the attitude of all our players - in very hot conditions they worked incredibly hard,
supporting and encouraging each other throughout the day.
Running tournaments like this require help from a lot of people: U10 Management team would like to thank our referees on the day (Mikey Corbett, Tommy Liddy, Kevin Phelan and Sean Lynch), and the parents who brought refreshments and helped with the catering. Big thanks also to the Minor Club for providing grips and ice-cream to all players and to our friends in Clarinbridge and Kilmaley for taking part on the day.
This brings to an end a busy few weeks for the Under 10's which included Go-Games blitzes in Ruan and Tulla, Community Games and a trip to Cork for the Clare v Cork Munster championship game. In the middle of all the hard work the team also helped out with stone picking in Cappa Lodge and relaxed with some hard earned 'after training ice-creams' during our recent hot spell. See here for a set of photo's of their recent outings.
Finally a huge thanks to Damien Madigan who always does tremendous work in the background ensuring we have fields for training, gear, players for blitz and especially this weekend in organising a superb event in the Barry Quinn memorial tournament. Barry is a huge loss to the club and it is very important we continue to remember him and Damien was massive in ensuring the tournament continues to go from strength to strength.
See some photos here