In a season lasting almost 6 months, our U5 and U7 Bridge Bucks had a very enjoyable, albeit slightly wet, season finale on Friday October 29 th under lights in O’Garney Park.
Since the first training session on May 10 th this year, our U7’s have accumulated 41 training sessions and our U5’s have had 22 training sessions. In addition to this, our U7’s participated in 4 blitzes home and away to both Parteen and St.Josephs Doora Barefield.
Considering that we were only able to have 14 training sessions in 2020, this was a significant increase in training and it has been massively encouraging from a coaches point of view to see the huge progression in skills throughout the year.
The numbers attending training was also impressive with 50 players registered to train for our U7’s and 28 players for U5’s . The future of Sixmilebridge hurling is in safe hands!
Our final get together of the year consisted of a fun aspect with the U7 players completing a number of activities including Tug of War, Tyre Sprints and Tackle Bags, followed by a short game of hurling to showcase all that they have learned.
This year some of the focus of the U7 training has been learning to
Jab lift the ball
Soloing with the ball
Striking the ball on the ground, on the run
Striking the ball in the air off the dominant side
Shoulder to shoulder striking the ball on the ground
These skills will stand to them in good stead for those who will progress to U8/U9 next year.
The U5’s completed some activities of their own and David O’Connor co-ordinated an impressive
skills demonstration by the U5’s to their attending parents, including how they can
Grip the hurley correctly, with the dominant hand on top
The Big C , amongst many other skills.
The evening rounded off with each player receiving a Sixmilebridge flag and a sliotar to help them fine tune their skills over the winter months !
All of the players have improved massively . They are a credit to their parents and we wish them well as they enter the off-season and get a well-deserved break. As we bid farewell to the 33 young men who will progress to U9 next year, what is certain is that they will do brilliantly. For the remaining 45 players, no doubt we will see them all back in 2022 refreshed , revigorated and ready for a new year of hurling.
On a final note, no hurling year happens without a lot of planning and organisation in the background. To this point, Sixmilebridge is incredibly lucky to have two hugely dedicated men in David O’Connor and John Reddin who co-ordinated the U5’s and U7’s respectively. A massive thank you to David and John, and their coaches for what was a very enjoyable Bridge Bucks season !
Until next year - Take Care and Stay Safe !