Post date: Oct 21, 2012 9:31:55 AM

Back Row: Shane Kyne, Kevin Walsh, Owen Hester, Cillian Clancy, Sean Seoighe, Jack Osborne, Jack O’Toole, Connor Donnelly, Keith Carter, Glen Pagett

Middle Row: Ciaran Moran, Tom O’Connor, Arron Barrett, Jamie Cox, Colm Cunningham, Jason McDonagh, Fionn McDonagh, Luke McDonagh, Cathal Duggan, Donal Enright, Andrew Power

Front Row: Deane Greally, Rian Oats, Jack Brennan, Frank McManus, Cillian Davoren, Cian Deane, Cian Folan.

The first ever Pagett Cup finals were played at Ballydotia Moycullen on Saturday 20th October 2012. After a wet week we were blessed with blue skies and brilliant displays of hurling by every player in what was a wonderful occasion. The Pagett Memorial Cup which was won by Brian’s father in the late 70’s was presented to the Moycullen Juvenile Club this year by Brian & Hazel Pagett (parents of Glen).

The Shield Final opened accounts on the day with a blistering performance by both teams and while on paper the teams were evenly balanced the half time the score read 2-01 (whites) to 0-02 (greens). The second half the greens put in a great performance to bring the game to a nail biting finish but fell short at the end by a solitary point. Shield Final result Whites 2-01 vs. Greens 1-03.

The Cup Final was another highly contested affair. At half time the whites lead by 4 points (1-07vs. 2-00). Within seconds after the restart the whites increased their lead to 7 points and with a slight breeze in their favour it appeared it was their day however the opposition had other ideas. The next 5 minutes we witnessed a high intense exchange of scores. The Greens never gave upand were rewarded with their efforts and won by the smallest of margins. Final Score Greens 6-03 vs. Whites 3-11.

We had some huge performances from every player on the day. We had incredible heroics and spectacular saves between the posts from Dean Greally, Luke McDonagh and Aaron Barrett. Attackers found it difficult to penetrate the dominance of Cillian Clancy, Andrew Power and Keith Carter. Some timely tackles from Jack Osborne, Owen Hester, Frank McManus, Conor Donnelly and Jason McDonagh gave no time for attackers to settle on the ball. Really tightmarking and intelligent use of possession from Glen Pagett and Cian Deane coupled by the coolness and composure of Cian Folan and Shane Kyne created some great attacks. In the centreRian Oates and Ciaran Moran demonstrated great skill, drive and determination. The engine and tackling of Jamie Cox set a great tone in the middle with Cillian Davoran, Fionn McDonagh andTom O’Connor showing their top class skill and exchanged some tremendous scores.

The Shield Final Trophy was presented by Brian Pagett to Captain Glen Pagett (far right) and the Pagett Cup was presented to Captain Tom O’Connor by Brian Pagett (below right)

In the attack Sean Seoighe showed no signs of fatigue after a great week at the World Handball Championships and the creative Kevin Walsh and Jack Brennan ensured every attack was threat on defence. Showing for every ball was Jack O’Toole and Cathal Duggan who kept defence on edge with the ever dazzling Colm Cunningham turning defence inside out with his trademark skill, while hat-trick hero Donal Enright showed us how Lar Corbett does it. (Donal is pictured left with his siblings and Tony Óg, a man who knows a thing or two about Lar Corbett)

Galway Senior Hurling centre back, Tony (Og) Regan, presented the medals to all the players and Player-of-the-Match awards to Keith Carter (Shield Final) and Tom O’Connor (Cup Final). Tony (Og) Regan gave all the players great advice following the presentation and complemented on their very impressive skill, determination and ability. After the presentation everyone gathered at the new Clubhouse shed for goodies and refreshments while players and spectators queued for photos and autographs with Tony (Og) Regan.

Big thanks to everybody for contributing to a great day!(Left, Colm Cunningham is one of the player receiving his medal from Tony Óg Regan with coaches, Morgan Darcy, Ger Power, Tim Bohan and Aodh Davoren in attendance)This years U12 hurling year started at the end of March shortly after yet another successful annual Fr. FitzGerald finals. This year the Moycullen U12 hurlers participated in three competitions (the Turloughmore U12s, the County League & the Pagett Cup). Moycullen U12’s finished on top of their Turloughmore U12 league table and the finals are due to be scheduled for early 2013. The County U12 League Competition finished with Moycullen brilliantly beating Loughrea in a cracking game in Craughwell on finals day. There were a total of 28 U12 hurling matches played in 2012 which were all greatly contested by a panel of 42 players.

Every player showed great improvement throughout the year and their attention, discipline and determination is a credit to them which has rewarded them in their performances. The Management wish to extend their sincere thanks to every player for a most enjoyable year and also their parents for their valued support.