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Our warrior U12s headed to hurling heartland of Ballinderren on Fri eve. Difficult and intimidating when you drive in there and see kids in astro cages playing hurling, camogie ladies playing hurling and minors playing hurling. If it looks like hurling and walks like hurling, it is hurling, Ballinderren is certainly immersed in hurling. Conditions were pretty poor on the night making a mockery of the Irish summer, it was unseasonably cold and very windy. As seems to happen us a lot, we lost the toss and played against the strong breeze. In the first half, we got on a good bit of ball but Ballinderren dominated with some very stylish hurlers on show, our first touch was a little off and by half time we trailing badly by 4-2 to 0-2 points, Ballinderren were really fired up and in confident form.

In the second half, the breeze died a little but it was still pretty strong and also in the second half, we were playing down the slope on the pitch. What a second half it was, we got a couple of goals then they got a couple of goals so we still trailed badly. As we headed into the last few minutes after goals from Conor Curran, Senan McDonnell and Charlie Friel, we were back to 5 points down. All the adults on the side line thought all was lost, but these super U12s don’t give up and carried on chasing the game.  Daragh Costello broke onto a loose ball and one handed, he struck it to the net, our guys grew a little taller. We were still two points down though, Ballinderren were wiching for the game to end and you could see them starting to get nervous. Would we get one last attack to try and manufacture a goal.

Cian Fox broke onto a ball coming from midfield into the centre forward position, he was half stopped and broke back onto the ball, picked it quickly and rifled the ball to the net. The Bearna adults on the side line jumped higher than they thought they could. We were now a point up and ref played a little extra time, in fairness, to see if Ballinderren could muster an equalising score. Our defence held rock solid in the face of a final Ballinderrin onslaught. We genuinely felt so sorry for the Ballinderren kids after leading for so long, the only time we lead the game was the last minute. As Johnny said afterwards, there is great heart in this team, they never know when they are beaten. Second win in the group with three games left to play.

Special thanks to Ballinderren for being such good hosts and for being so genuinely sporting in the face of such a late, narrow loss.

 

Bearna Na Forbacha and Tynagh/Abbey Duniry played out a high-scoring draw in the Junior A hurling Championship last Friday at Ballinderreen.  Our lads started slowly and trailed by 7 points at half time. A strong second half performance however saw the sides level at full time with a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-21. 
 
The Cois Fharraige minor hurlers are in action on Friday 24th June, away to Craughwell, with throw-in at 7:30pm. It's also a busy time for all juvenile players.  Bearna-Na Forbacha U12's are away to Ballinderreen on Saturday June 25th at 1pm, and the following day, Sunday 26th, the U10's and U8's travel to Clidfen as part of the "Go Games" blitz series.  
 
Also ahead is "Cúl Camp" which will be held on Furbo pitches on the week starting July 4th. Over 100 children from ages 6 through 13 will enjoy the opportunity of learning and practising the skills of Gaelic Games. To book, see bnaf.hurling on facebook.
Following postponement of their game against Skehana, the Bearna Na Forbacha adults finally kick off their Junior A Hurling Championship campaign on Friday 17th against Tynagh/Abbey Duniry.  The game is in Balinderreen and throw-in is at 7:30pm.
 
Meanwhile the club's young hurlers have seen a lot of action over the last couple of weekends. 
 
The U12's met Gort in round three of the league on Sunday evening June 12th in Furbo. After a flurry of scores from both teams the visitors led by a point at half-time, and extended this to four points to win on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-13. Despite this there were some great performances from the local players, not least by Conor Curran who scored all but a point of the home team's tally, and Daragh Costello who commanded midfield. Their next challenge is away to Ballinderreen next weekend.

Salthill Knocknacarra hosted Bearna na Forbacha U10's and U8's in "Go Games" blitz events over the last couple of weekends in Cappagh Park, where over 70 kids overall took part in a series of well-matched, skillful and enjoyable games. It bodes well for the future of both clubs and Galway hurling to see so many young players participate in our national sport!

Salthill Knocknacarra hosted Bearna na Forbacha in a Go games blitz on Fri 10th June in Cappagh Park. The teams were really well matched in all games and both sets of kids demonstrated all the skills of hurling on a balmy but showery evening in Knocknacarra. Bearna had 21 players and Salthill had over 30 kids playing at the U10 grade. Great to see so many kids out playing hurling. Next up for Bearna are away U10 games v Clifden and Michael Breathnachs over the next few weeks.

 

The previous week, Friday June 3rd, the U8's were in action, where Bearna na Forbacha played Salthill. We fielded two teams of six, where many "up and coming" stars played very well in two evenly matched games. Both teams enjoyed the hurling on a fantastic evening in Cappagh park.

Bearna na Forbacha played Gort in round 3 of their U12 league series on Sunday evening in Furbo. Bearna served up another classic contest against the physically bigger Gort side. Gort started brightly and lead early on by 0-2 points to no score playing into a freshening breeze. Bearna settled slowly and after a flurry of scores from both teams Gort went in at the break 1-6 to 2-2 ahead.  Conor Curran scoring 2-1 of that and Colm Forde with another point from play. Gort’s skilful & rangy midfielder Nathan Gill kept the scoreboard ticking over with a series of points from frees and play in the second half. Bearna fell behind by 5 points but rallied with another goal from Conor Curran. At full time Gort recorded a well-deserved but narrow victory by 3-3 to 1-13. Best for Bearna on the day were the skilful and dangerous full forward Conor Curran with a haul of 3-2 of Bearna’s total of 3-3. Also the lion hearted Daragh Costello who gave an exhibition of hurling in midfield from start to finish. Next up for Bearna is an away game v  Ballinderreen on the weekend of 25th June.

After a good season where they successfully reached the county semi-finals, the Cois Fharraige U14 hurlers bowed out of the competition away to Ballinasloe last week. The sides were locked at 2-1 to 1-4 at half time but the home team finished two points ahead at the final whistle, on a scoreline of 3-4 to 2-5. Most of the players will be back in action again after the summer when the U15 competitions start.
 
Bearna na Forbacha hosted Spiddal as part of "Go Games" series at U8 and U10 grades on an enjoyable sunny evening in Furbo last week. All games were very closely contested and upwards of 80 youngsters took part. These games continue through June and July. There are no competitive matches at these age groups, where the concentration is on the development of hurling and teamwork skills, with full participation by all players. New young players are always welcome.
 
The Bearna-na Forbacha adults take to the field this weekend in the opening fixture of the Junior A Championship. After a great run in the Junior 1 competition, expectations are high for success in this year's Championship. The opening game is against Skehana at Kenny Park in Athenry on Saturday June 4th at 7pm - all support welcome.
With the older age-groups taking a break leading up to exam time, it was the turn of the younger players to keep the flag flying for the hurling club. The Bearna-Na Forbacha U12's did so with great style at the weekend, beating St Thomas at their grounds at Castledaly by a scoreline of 3-1 to 1-2. The team can now bring their winning form into their next game, which is at home in Furbo against Gort on June 11th.  In the meantime the Bearna-Na Forbacha U8-U10's take on Spiddal at Furbo pitch this evening, Friday 27th at 6:15pm, their trip to Clifden having been postponed.
 
Here's the full report on the U12 game from Pat Fox:
 
Bearna na Forbacha U12s travelled to Castledaly on Saturday 21st May to play St Thomas in their second group game of the U12 championship. Played in sunny conditions after a torrential shower of rain that made conditions slippery, Bearna na Forbacha and St Thomas served up a wonderful game of hurling. After some cagey opening exchanges and after a couple of missed chances Conor Curran opened the Bearna na Forbacha account with a well taken goal. Play ebbed and flowed for the rest of the half and St Thomas replied with a point before half time to leave the score 1-0 to 0-1 in favour of Bearna na Forbacha. Having played with the wind in the first half, Bearna na Forbacha faced a strengthening wind in the second half. We were treated to a great second half of end to end hurling by both teams. Bearna na Forbacha extended their lead with a super goal by Conor Curran again after some excellent combination approach work, and also scored a superb flicked goal from William McDonnell. Bearna na Forbacha lead by 3-1 to 0-2 heading into the last few minutes when St Thomas landed a superb goal directly from a 65.
 
Best for Bearna na Forbacha on the day were the utterly dependable goalie Patrick Walsh, the tigerish Oisin Keane and superbly skilful Ferdia Hayes in defence. Up front Darragh Costello and Conor Curran contributed hugely to the victory with big performances. Finally we would really like to thank St Thomas for the warm welcome and sporting nature of the contest, they were a credit to their club.
 
 
 
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