Thursday 19 September 2019

Gusserane GAA turn out in force

Darren Rossiter, Ballytarsna and Timmy Kinsella, Yoletown
Darren Rossiter, Ballytarsna and Timmy Kinsella, Yoletown
Annie Byrne and Darragh Murphy
laine Finn, Ballyhack Beg,Diane Somers, Boley, Ava Cleary and Nicola Wall, Carlow and Sinead Wickham, Drealistown
Sophie Cleary, Carlow
Fr Laffan, Aisling Murphy, Eamon Kent,James Mullally,Emmett Cullen,Shane Cullen,and Adrian Dillon

David Looby

Gusserane GAA Club players enjoyed a day celebrating sport and the bonds of community at the club's facilities.

Organised by the Coiste na nÓg, camogie and Ladies Gaelic clubs, the action packed afternoon saw scores of players, from ages four up, take to the pitches, which were in immaculate condition.

One of the organisers, Adrian Dillon said the day was all about getting the players together as a club. 'Within a big club you don't get many opportunities for the individual teams to get together so this was an ideal opportunity to do just that.'

Kicking off proceedings were the U6 team, whose members played a match amongst themselves having taken to the pitch in a procession. Boys and girls competed, with the fledgling female hurling stars showing true grit, getting stuck in against their male counterparts.

The players soon dispelled the early autumn chill, playing their socks off.

The event provided an opportunity to display the cups Gusserane GAA Club have won so far this year. Aisling Murphy proudly displayed the Leinster Intermediate Cup, while Emmett Cullen had the minor Leinster cup.

Several other 'friendly' matches were played on the day, as talk turned to the senior players, who are still in the mix for major honours.

Other activities enjoyed included a mini disco for the children, an obstacle course, a sizing hurls stand, a three-legged race and great food courtesy of Pat Conway of Smokin' Soul barbecue truck. 'We packed a lot into the day. It was just a nice day for the whole community. Everyone commented afterwards how much they enjoyed it,' Adrian said.

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