Sunday 18 August 2019

Hurling's a big hit in Fingallians club

John Manning

HURLING and camogie are games that are thriving at Fingallians GAA Club, judging by the big Under-12 Hurling Festival planned for later this month and the expert coaching enjoyed by boys and girls alike at an advanced summer camp held recently.

Hurling and camogie players aged from 12 up to 18 were treated to a visit from Willie Coogan, one of the most respected hurling coaches in Leinster, who came from Ballyhill Shamrocks in Kilkenny.

He dropped in on an advanced hurling and camogie camp for 12 to 18-year-olds at Fingallians and passed on the benefit of his wisdom to the developing players at the Swords club.

The camp followed hot on the heels from a recent summer camp for the younger members of the juvenile set-up in both hurling and camogie at Fingallians.

Co-ordinating the advanced camp was the Games Promotions Officer at Fingallians, Nicola Fitzgerald, who was delighted with the turnout and very grateful for Willie's expert coaching during the week.

'The advanced camps are aimed at the older kids and the intensity of these camps is higher than normal juvenile camps.

'There's a lot of one-on-one coaching and players are able to develop specific areas of their game,' Ms Fitzgerald told the Fingal Independent.

Both camogie and hurling are going from 'strength to strength' at juvenile level at the Swords club, according to the GPO, and evidence of that will be there for all to see when the club hosts a special hurling event later this month.

Saturday August 23rd will see the first-ever Under-12 Hurling Festival at the club, with an all-day blitz in hurling and camogie which will see Fingallians line up against visiting teams from all over Leinster and Ulster.

Fingal Independent