FOOTBALL: Claregalway crowned feile champion

(courtesy of Claregalway GAA Notes)

Our Under 15s, representing Galway, hit the road last Saturday for the All Ireland Féile at the St Judes GAA club in Dublin. The guys were in good spirits before they left – excited for the day ahead!

A large traveling audience followed the guys for the day. Our Under-12 team, who were also in Dublin to play against St. Sylvesters, also lined up on the sidelines to watch the Under-15 matches.

Our first game was against the hosts, St. Judes who had just beaten Naas in the group opener. We won on a score line from 4:10 to 0:05.

Shortly after, Naas was the next challenge in the final group game. The guys started well and after a tough match won 5:02 to 0:05

This victory set up a semi-final against Ballyboden-St Endas. The lads won against Ballyboden on a 2:03 to 0:0 scoreline with two goals from Ronan Duggan giving us the lead!

A final game against the Austin Stacks of Kerry at 6:00 p.m. in Abbotstown was the last game of what had been an unforgettable day so far.

It was about to get better.

The final was kicked off a bit late, but goals from Sean Duggan, Stephen Brennan and Cormac Feeney contributed to a brilliant victory on a score line from 3:02 to 0:6.

Eanna Flaherty was named player of the match while co-captains Jamie King and Seán O’Callaghan lifted the trophy.

Later that evening, at around 10:00 p.m., in an age-old tradition, our Under 15s brought the cup to Claregalway Bridge, cheered on by their team-mates and with widespread support!

We also won the All Ireland Feile in 2013 and winning the trophy twice in less than ten years is a testament to the brilliant work being done across the club.

Thank you to our main sponsors Techron, Keanes Garden Center and all our sponsors!

Cathaoirleach John West Féile, Diarmuid Ó Cathail presents Claregalway captains Jamie King and Sean O’Callaghan with the Division 1 Cup after Claregalway beat Austin Stacks (Kerry) in the final at John West Féile Peile na nÓg National Gaelic and Ladies football finals 2022 at the GAA National Games Development Center campus, Abbotstown, Dublin, eighty-eight club teams from Ireland, UK, Europe and USA took part in the finals of the under-15 competition at nine venues, one of the biggest under-15 sporting events on the continent, sponsored for the seventh time by John West. Photo: Fintan Clarke.

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