Following on from the under 10 tournament a couple of weeks ago the club switched their attention to the under 12 players and held a tournament, on Saturday 26th October, in memory of my father, Bosco Carroll. Our neighbours Latton, who were attempting to win the trophy for the third year in a row, were joined by our own bunch of wee warriors to battle it out for the Memorial Cup.
The recent weather conditions have been horrible and it was certainly not a pleasant day for the boys and girls with slippery underfoot conditions, strong breeze and driving rain but it failed to undermine the players as they gave the supporters an entertaining match. We were slow to start as Latton dominated the early exchanges and quickly established a healthy lead and they enjoyed a commanding 0-3 to 2-14 advantage at the interval. I have to give credit to our boys and girls who battled gamely during the second half and displayed great character to respond to the early onslaught and never gave up trying through-out the match and picked off some lovely scores. However, as we pressed forward Latton, who were a lot stronger across the field, were able to punish us on the counter-attack and ultimately they secured a comfortable victory and retained the trophy for the third year in a row. Afterwards, Ann Carroll presented the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup to Eoin Duffy, captain of the Latton under 12 team and congratulations to them on a wonderful performance.
On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out in every way to organise the event. Thanks to the Latton clubs for travelling and competing in a very sporting and entertaining match and for making it such a wonderful and enjoyable occasion. To all the mentors involved with the teams for taking the time to nurture and coach all the kids. To our youth officer, Pascal Smyth, who once again left no stone unturned in his preparation and for making sure the memorial tournament ran smoothly.
To the ladies behind the scene Tina Rooney, Martina McKeown and Ann Lynch who are always there to help out with providing refreshments at various activities and they certainly did not let the side down once again. Many thanks to Nicky Calvert for carrying out the refereeing duties on the day and for doing such a great job and finally thanks to all the parents and supporters who travelled on the day. Your assistance and encouragement makes a big difference for the kids on the pitch and we look forward to your continued support in the years ahead.
To view a selection of photographs from the game please click the link below to visit our Flickr page.