Skerries lads enjoy their big day out at Croke park
SOME 20 of the Skerries Harps U8 boys side have taken to the hallowed Croke Park turf.
The lads and their families arrived at the stadium good and early and donned their gear for their hurling match.
The group all assembled in the stands waiting for our turn to be called into the dressing rooms, to experience the pre-match ritual that all our county players go through.
They then got to run out through the dug out for their photos and onto the pitch and enter into battle.
The Skerries lads were drawn against Clondalkin Round Towers, who previously had the upper hand on our lads in Gormanston.
But with great heart, spirit, a lot of courage and tenacity in true Harps tradition the lads battled it out.
They fought hard to in all sections of the pitch and they kept a level score card for the first quarter, however with some unlucky breaks of the ball we were down by three goals.
The lads fought hard and got the upper hand in the second half which saw the lads gain a 3-3 draw, a fantastic achievement for the great bunch of lads.
The lads then got to parade up to the presentation area in the Hogan Stand and were allowed to raise the cup - hopefully not for the only time.
This has been a great year for the under 8 boys which regularly sees us fielding 28 players.
Thanks must as always go to the families of all the boys who were there in great numbers to support us week in, week out.
A big thank you to under 9s for the loan of their jerseys and a huge thanks to our mentors on the day, John Ward, Joe Morley, Neil Keoghan and Oonagh Ward.
But a huge thanks to all the parents who were up so early to bring us in to Croke Park.