posted 28 Sep 2011, 16:29 by Tourlestrane GAA PRO
updated 1 Oct 2011, 17:24
In a fantastic Team performance our Senior Footballers reclaimed the Owen B Hunt trophy on Sunday last. Our lads set the tone for the game from the Throw in with Brian Egan finishing a great move with a fisted point. We continued with some fine scores from John Quinn and John Marren had us in a lead of 6-3 at half time. We felt having had the aid of the stiff breeze we would need a supreme effort in the second half if we were going to reclaim the trophy for the 2nd time in 3 years. This is exactly what we got with a brilliant example of controlled play when every one of our players won their individual battles, from Robert Leonard starting his first county final to David Durkin returning from Injury to win his seventh County Senior Medal, our lads played the game at a pace that nullified the advantage of the elements. It is a measure of this team that they saved their best display all year for the County Final, James Leonards clinical finish for a goal was was a fitting end to the passing movement from one end of the field to the other. There were heroes all over the field but the main winner was our Parish and the teamwork of the lads epitomised the great spirit in our parish, Our Captain Gary Gaughan gave a brilliant speech as he accepted the Trophy thanking all involved woith the Team from Manager Neil Egan through the squad of 30 players and back-room staff. Gary made special mention of the wonderful supporters who have rallied around this great team all year encouraging them when times were tough and now having the chance for the whole Parish to Celebrate together. His acknowledgement of the passing of Great Tourlestrane Men in the past twelve months, Paddy Kennedy, Martin Brennan and Darren Gaughan was very fitting and was greeted a great round of applause. Gary then lead a cavalcade of over 50 Cars through the parish where once again our great supporters were out with Bonfires in Rhue, Annagh, Tourlestrane, Killure and finishing in Aclare where the whole parish celebrated the brilliant achievement of these great ambassadors for our parish. These lads give a great example to all our young stars of the future in the way the conduct themselves on and off the pitch and on Sunday it was brilliant to see so many of our underage players on the field for the presentation to join in the celebrations.
They weren't the only footballers from the club in action in Markievic on Sunday with our u10 footballers playing in the half time game and displaying the skills that show the future of the club is safe. We will have photos on the website www.tourlestrane .com during the week. on our facebook page.
Once again thanks to all who supported Neil Egan and the squad through out the season and those who sent good wishes before and congratulations after from all corners of the globe.