This Sunday sees the underage hurling section come together to celebrate the end of another great year for underage hurling in Cumann Pheadaír Naofa. From 4pm in the clubrooms the U12s, U14s & U16s will come together for food and celebrations as they draw a close on 2016, with their team awards for most improved player of the year (MIPOTY) and player of the year (POTY).
This year the U16s although coming up against some really strong Div1 teams in the league finished off on a real high as winners of the Shield championship and in doing so brought the first piece of silverware to Mary street for 2016. The U14s also had a tough 2016 in the league and had an epic encounter in the semi-final of the championship going down to eventual winners, Clonduff, by the narrowest of margins. The U14s finished their season only recently when they gave Ards kingpins and eventual winners, Ballygalget a real scare in the Down County Óg Sport blitz 7-a-side tournament. The U12s had a great year also as they finished top of their league and became the only side in the club to beat an Ards team twice in one season. The highlight of the summer being the invitation to the Celbridge All-Ireland U11 tournament, where they topped their group and were beaten in the semi-final by Mount Sion of Waterford.
Nominees for most improved and player of the year awards for 2016 are as follows;
U16 MIPOTY; Conan Kelly, Jake McNabb, Ryan McNally
U16 POTY; Thomas Magee, Ronan Cunningham, Eoin Carr
U14 MIPOTY; Charlie Cole, Niall Somerville, Jason Young, Evan McLoughlin
U14 POTY; Oisín Kelly, Eoin Cassidy, James Murray, Oisín Magone
U12 MIPOTY; Oisín Ruane, Jarlath Donnelly, Tiernan Burns
U12 POTY; Tiarnán Kelly, Matthew Duffy, Liam O’Connor, Darragh Austin