Schools success as Gorey Central win by handful of runs

Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00

The triumphant team from Gorey Central School
The triumphant team from Gorey Central School
The team representing Kilanerin National School
Dylan Hendy in action for Gorey Central School
Katie Cunningham of Kilanerin N.S. keeps her eye on the ball

Gorey Cricket Club, in conjunction with Cricket Leinster, hosted the first-ever quick-cricket primary schools competition, held in the grounds of a resplendent Courtown Hibs A.F.C.

Schools from Kilanerin, Riverchapel and Gorey Central competed on a gloriously warm day, with the backdrop of sea-fog from St. George's Channel threatening to envelope the grounds.

Fifty children competed over two matches, with Gorey Central prevailing, narrowly defeating Kilanerin by a handful of runs coming towards the last few wickets of a very entertaining final.

Herbie Honohan, Wexford Wanderers Chairman and Cricket Leinster co-ordinator, along with the Gorey Cricket Club Chairman and coaching representatives presented the Trent Johnson Perpetual Cup to an excited team captain, Marcus Wallace.

This competition, the first of many, was a culmination of school-coaching and mile-trekking the length and breadth of county Wexford, from Kilanerin to Kilmore, with interest increasing phenomenally over a period of twelve weeks.

This initiative of promoting cricket, the fourth most popular sport in the world, has re-ignited the passion for this once-popular sport in Ireland, and has introduced a game native with our 'new' Irish and returning immigrants from abroad.

This competition would not have been possible without the diligence, expertise and effort of Herbie Honohan, W.W.C.C. and chief co-ordinator, ably assisted by Gorey Cricket Club's coaches: Mark Leonard, Chris Sheeran, Cliff Stewart, Vincent Murphy and Anslem Diaz.

Gorey Cricket Club will play their second Under-13 challenge match in the R.S.C. in Waterford this weekend, having gained valuable experience playing their first-ever game versus Bagnelstown recently.

Our Seniors are playing a 30 overs Taverners match versus Wexford Wanderers Cricket Club, with games also planned versus Baltinglass, Oakhill Kilbride, Greystones and North Kildare over the coming weeks.

Training for G.C.C. Juniors, ranging from the ages of seven-plus, takes place on Mondays from 6.30-8 p.m. under the tutelage of our Level 2 coaches, along with our Seniors, who train on Mondays and Thursdays commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the grounds of Courtown Hibs.

All are welcome, irrespective of knowledge of the rules, ability or age.

Contact the Chairman of G.C.C. (086-1599074) for more information, or alternatively follow us on Facebook or Twitter (info@goreycricketclub.com).

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