Thursday 14 December 2017

Final of Skerries Harps Easter tournament an all-Clare affair

Calum Herbert and Luke Whelan at the Skerries Harps Easter tournament finals
Calum Herbert and Luke Whelan at the Skerries Harps Easter tournament finals

THE fifth year of the Sports and Photo sponsored Skerries Harps Easter Schools Hurling and Camogie Tournament took place in gloriously sunny conditions, over the first week of the Easter break.

Third, fourth, fifth and sixth class students from all the primary schools in Skerries were invited to take part.

A spokesperson for Skerries Harps said: 'This year we had a whopping 60 per cent increase in numbers from previous years, with an average of 160 children taking part.

'This is a true reflection of the growing interest and participation in our community in the fastest field game in the world and also a recognition of the great work being done by our club and our GPO [games promotion officer] Stephen Fitzgerald, and club coach, Johnny Beggs.

'It is a mixed competition where boys and girls representing their adopted counties, compete together over four days in a mini All-Ireland series.

'The skill, speed and determination of their hurling and camogie was something to behold. The junior competition was won by James Kenny's Clare team, while the senior competition was won by Matthew Dooley's Clare team – a mirror of last summer's All-Ireland.'

The individual merit awards for leadership, skill and sportsmanship went to Robyn Buckley in the junior competition, and Finn Chatten in the senior.

The club spokesperson said: 'A big thank you to the many people who helped out all week, to our referees, and our sponsors, Claire Reilly of The Sports & Photo Shop.'

Fingal Independent

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