Category : Front Page News | Sub Category : Front Page Posted on 2023-06-16 12:02:19
We had our first champions of the year as Emo Boys and Athenry Girls ran out winners in the Under 13 Feile at the finals in Tymon Park in Limekiln.
This year the U-13 feile was split into a two-day event with high numbers in previous years.
The preliminary rounds took place in Emo in Laois and Clonguish in Longford where teams battled it out to qualify for the finals in Limekiln.
Once again in the boys the Laois team, Emo dominated in Laois, with both their teams qualifying for the finals and would go onto battle it out in the overall final with Emo coming out victors in a very entertaining affair between the two teams.
In Emo, the girls competition in the southern region was at a very high standard as Glynn/Barntown of Wexford and Cloughbawn who made their competitive debut at this tournament took on Emo and The Heath.
After brilliant games throughout the day The Heath topped their group remaining unbeaten with a slender victory over Glynn/Barntown 10-9 and also had impressive victories against neighbours Emo and Cloughbawn to book their place in the semi-finals. Glynn/Barntown overcame Emo and Cloughbawn to finish second in the group.
In Clonguish, the weather matched the display of rounders on the day with Sean Connollys and Na Fianna progressing in the boyâ€™s competition to book their place in the semi-finals.
In the girls section Athenry topped their group with wins over last years champions Erne Eagles and were also impressive against Michael Glaveys and Sean Connollys.
All roads then led to Tymon Park in Limekiln where the years first champions were crowned. The standard of rounders showcased showed that the sport is very safe hands in years to come.
The game of the day was the girls semi final between The Heath and Erne Eagles, after a thrilling battle there was no separating these two teams and the game ended in an 8-8 draw with an extra inning had to be played with a homerun from The Heaths Heidi Browne settled the game with The Heath moving into the final.
In the other semi-final favourites Athenry overcame Glynn/Barntown by the narrowest of margins 6-5 to set a mouth-watering clash with The Heath.
Athenry proved too strong for the Laois team, the brave Heath side battled hard throughout but the class of the Galway outfit told and found another gear in the last innings to be crowned Under-13 feile champions.