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All Ireland Feile - Day 2 Thomastown

posted Jul 10, 2012, 8:55 AM by Ger McGloin

Well if ever there was a contrast with days/weather then day 2 of the Feile had it all. We had glorious sunshine on a superb pitch with spectators sprawled along the pitchside on the Thursday and then Friday in Thomastown we had woeful weather on a wet and boggy pitch but in saying all that we still had the spectators who came out to cheer on the Parish. Fair play to everybody who took time off from work and other activities to bring along the families to what must have resembled the Stone Roses concert in the Phoenix Park.

We had the traditional parade around pitch 1 with the Lone Piper, but this time he flew around as the rain was coming down. We all stood once more for a fairly muted Amhran na bhFiann and then broke for the cover of the club house. Glenealy were up first @ 10am against Cuala and were subsequently put to the sword by a clinical display of shooting from the Cuala forwards. Maybe it isn't in keeping with the spirit of the Feile but I suppose they wanted the win to ensure a semi-final spot. Raheny were up on the hill going through their warm ups and team announcements and were looking forward to taking the pitch. Our opponents were De La Salle (Waterford) and just as the game started the heavens opened up even wider and we were drenched. The team took to the pitch in their allotted positions and the ref fired in the sliotar, the ball popped out and the De La Salle centre forward gathered the ball and turned onto her left and struck a sublime point that any inter-county player would have been proud of. This wouldn't be the last we would see of this girl throughout the match. In the end De La Salle were far too strong for us and we got a lesson in camogie but one thing was sure they got a lesson in heart and determination from the Raheny girls as they never once gave up or let the heads drop. They kept on getting the ball up the park but the scores wouldn't come. We hit the uprights twice but nothing came of the rebounds. The final whistle blew and they all shook hands and we made for the shelter of the clubhouse and some much needed tae and sangwiches before our next encounter.

The rain never let up it just continued to pour and the pitches were getting cutup. Watching from the door of the clubhouse the clouds got darker and the rain got even heavier. We sprung the girls for the next game against Cuala and got them warmed up and called out the lineup. In went the sliotar and the game was away. Once more we were under savage pressure but battled hard against a superior outfit and it was our turn to be put to the sword.... I've said what I said already on  that front. We just couldn't get the scores. Injuries necessitated switching players around but it was much like the "Boy with his finger in the Dam" as no sooner that we had plugged one gap another 2 would open up. A great display once again from the Raheny girls but conditions and luck were against us and we finished up on the loosing side. The final whistle blew and hands were shook and even the ref came over and said "I was willing ye to get a score but it wouldn't happen".

We gathered together for a quick chat just and to say how proud we were of the effort the girls had put into the days games and that they would have wonderful memories of the time they played in the Feile. We all retreated to the bunker to get changed into something dry and maybe even get the last cup of tae into us to heat us up. Home we went as there was showers and preparations for "De Dishco" to be had.