Scoil Shéamais Naofa, Bearna, lining out in the Cumann na mBunscoil competition for the first time in 10 years, took on the might of Brierhill NS, Castlegar in the Cumann na mBunscoil final in Loughgeorge on Tue 13th June. The game started off at whirlwind pace with both teams really going at it in a very sporting game. Brierhill went into an early lead with a long rage effort going straight into the net but Bearna fought their way back into the game. In the first half, Bearna were best served by Ronan Bates in the half back line reading the game superbly as always, the workmanlike & wristy James Fallon in midfield linking attack and defence and the imposing Darragh Costello up front who was giving Brierhill all sorts of problems under the breaking ball. Bearna lead 3-4 to 1-5 at half time.
On the resumption of the game, Brierhill really thundered into the game and brought the scores back level on a 3-4 to 2-7 score line in the first few minutes of the second half. Serious questions were now being asked of the Bearna team by the aristocrats from Castlegar who were assisted by a freshening in the second half. Bearna fought their way back into the contest, lead from the back by the elegant left handed man of the match, Luke Power, and the increasingly influential William McDonnell who both repelled the repeated attacks of the Castlegar team. The game was finely balanced at this stage with about 8 minutes to go, Killian Murphy struck for the critical score of the game to put Bearna into a 4 point lead with a well taken goal. Bearna pushed on with some excellent scores from Sean Dunne and Darragh Costello to win comfortably in the end on a score line of 6-10 to 3-8. It was also super to see Senan McDonnell making a return to competitive action after a recent illness.
Special thanks to muinteoirs Sean and Sean Óg who facilitated the hurling team throughout the year and Principal Maire de Baicer for supporting GAA and hurling in the school.