Under 12 Dicksboro Tournament
On Saturday last the Erin’s Own Under 12 boys travelled to Palmerstown to take part in the annual Dicksboro Under 12 Denis Molloy Cup. With eight teams participating the Comer boys were drawn in a group with James Stephens, Dunamaggin and Ballyboden St. Endas from Dublin. The Comer boys took on James Stephens in their first game and with some lovely combined play and strong forceful hurling from Declan Buggy, Dan Coogan, Cathal Holland and James Brennan the Comer boys ran out winners by nine points. A feature of this game also was the excellent free taking of Cathal Holland.
Kevin Holland went great in the first game until a bad injury put a premature end to his days hurling. Next up was Dunamaggin and in a brilliant game of hurling Erin’s Own had to call on all their reserves to run out winners by four points. In this game the Comer boys made great use of the ball and to the fore was Nicky Connolly in goals who made two great saves, Liam Holland, James Buggy who set up the all important score for James Brennan with a lovely touch and Jack Buggy who scored two points from line balls. Comer took on Ballyboden in their last game and after a very tight first half the local boys pushed on and ran out easy winners to qualify from their group. Kevin Brennan scored some lovely goals and points in this match and the consistently strong Conor McMahon who never put a foot wrong all day long was also to the fore. Christopher Kruff worked his socks off all day as did Lee Holden, Kealan Ring, Billy O Neill, Killian Hogan and David Ferris who has shown great improvement in his first year of hurling.
The Final of the Tournament paired Comer with Thomastown who they had beaten two weeks earlier in the James Stephens Final. With both teams unbeaten in all their group games this had all the ingredients of a cracker. Played in lovely
conditions the Comer boys set out their stall from the start with some great hurling all over the field. Coming to the break the Comer boys were behind by three points. The second half belonged to both defences and as the efforts of the days hurling starting to tell on the young boys it was the Thomastown boys who ran out deservedly winners by four points. Regarded as one of the big days in Kilkenny Juvenile hurling the Dicksboro club are to be complimented on the running of a great days hurling for all boys under 12.Â Well done to the local boys on ending up in the Tournament final.
The panel for the tournament was Nicky Connolly, Declan Buggy, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Conor McMahon, Jack Buggy, Cathal Holland, Christopher Kruff, Kevin Brennan, Lee Holden, James Buggy, James Brennan, Billy O’Neill, David Ferris, Kealan Ring, Killian Hogan, Liam Holland.