2022. What a year for the Arklow Rock Parnells Hurling and Camogie Club.
To recognise and reward the club members, the Rocks held a Juvenile night at the Woodenbridge Hotel on the Thursday, November 17. A sea of green and white on the night with smiles all round, and the club had a lot to celebrate.
All-Ireland camogie winner Ursula Jacob was on hand to present medals to all the Arklow Rocks players on the night, alongside all the hard working coaches.
The youngest members battled it out in blitzes showing courage, skills and determination and got presented with their Go Games medals. The future will be bright with these young boys and girls.
Each level of the club performed amazingly well, with grit, spirit and sportsmanship on display. Not all teams won their finals but it wasn’t for lack of trying and battling hard.
The U-11 boys had a great year in 2022, only beaten once. They went on to win the U-11 ‘A’ final against old rivals Carnew in what was one of the best games of hurling played all year. These young players are following in the footsteps of the current U-15 team and are set to achieve great things.
The U-13 hurlers were a young team and battled all year against stronger opponents. Despite not being victorious all year, they turned up to all training and matches and as a club we are immensely proud of them as they never gave up.
The U-15 boys won the Leinster Feile competition and were unlucky at the National Feile, but went on to bring home both the League and the Championship cup, the cup final against Bray will stay in the memories as one of the hardest fought matches, snatched from Bray in the last few minutes of the game.
Our Feile camogie team brought home the Shield trophy to the Rocks, the first time ever a camogie team brought a Feile trophy home and we couldn’t be prouder of them.
The U-16s went on to win the Division 2 Cup in what proved to be a dig deep, this is our turn kind of game. Each and every girl on the day knew what they had to do and they delivered.
The U-14s reached their final but it was not to be their day. Their resilience and bravery meant they left everything on the pitch and were truly an inspiration.
The Junior camogie team, the first Junior team ever at the Rocks, won the Junior championship and brought home the silverware.
So a lot of medals, a lot of trophies but this has been a long time coming.
The Arklow Rocks have been training, playing, competing for a long time but no year has been as successful as this one and that is down to an amazing set of coaches and mentors who give of their time, their patience and their expertise to instill in the young players what it means to be part of a team, part of the Rocks family. While we celebrate the victories, the teams are all winners as any number of referees over the years have said “their time will come, it wasn’t their night but if there was an award for never giving up, it would be theirs”.
To all the players, thank you for turning up, training in all weathers and giving it your all.
To all the coaches, admin, mentors, medics/first aiders thank you. To all our sponsors throughout the year including all our Feile sponsors – a huge thank you.
To the parents, caretaker, groundsmen and all the unsung volunteer heroes in the background, thank you.
To the executive committee, thank you. Without all of you, this year would not have been the outstanding year it was. Here’s to many more.
If anyone wants to join the Arklow Rocks or try hurling or camogie, please don’t hesitate to contact the club. Since 2018 the membership of the Arklow Rocks has almost doubled and we would welcome more.