Alley boys win in Waterford
Success in Clonea tourney
Buffers Alley travelled to Clonea G.A.A. club in Waterford on Saturday in search of silverware. The knockout stages of the annual Tommy Finn Under-12 hurling yournament were taking place in glorious sunshine.
Having topped their group the previous weekend with wins over Dunnamaggin of Kilkenny and St. Mary's of Clonmel, the Buffers Alley players and supporters had to repeat the journey down early on Saturday morning.
The Buffers Alley boys began the day with a quarter-final against St. Lachtain's of Freshford, the first of two Kilkenny teams they would play. The boys showed some great teamwork allied to a high skill level and consistent accuracy to race into an early lead which they never relinquished, pushing them into a semi-final.
They then faced a wait for their opponents as Midleton of Cork needed extra-time to see off St. Martin's of Wexford. After the Cork boys were granted a rest period, the referee got the action started and the game was hard-fought throughout.
Buffers Alley managed to hit the crossbar in the second-half, but showed great courage and determination to hang on for a three-point win. They were now only one game from glory.
The final renewed the old Wexford-Kilkenny rivalry as Buffers Alley faced Dunnamaggin in the decider. The Alley boys again got off to a good start but only led by one point at half-time.
In the second-half they got two crucial goals to give them a lead which was never relinquished. The final whistle went to the sounds of great cheers from the players and their supporters.
Victorious captain Jack Redmond was presented with the Tommy Finn Cup as the players each received a plaque to mark their winning efforts.
Panel: Adam Back, Edward Harney, Seamie O'Hagan, Adam Doyle, Seán Kirwan, Jack Twomey, Jack Redmond (capt.), Dylan McEvoy, Eoin O'Meara, Cormac Walsh, Michael Butler, Tomás Whelan, Kevin O'Connor, Harvey Warren.