John Lynch Memorial U10 Football Tournament 2019 – report by Liam Lynch
Perfect weather, brilliant football, great joy and fun and over 500 smiling players faces made today’s 5th annual John Lynch Memorial U10 tournament a day for the annals. Right from the first arrivals (Oranmore,) watching the rugby match on the big screen in the Connolly Park car park to the final departures (again Oranmore!) after an á la carte meal of sausages and chips, everything went exactly to plan, finishing well ahead of schedule . 16 clubs from 8 counties playing on 16 pitches simultaneously over 2 close venues was a sight to behold and our thanks to every club, player, mentor and parent that travelled. It was really heartening to see the 8 clubs based in Connolly Park line up in a Guard of Honour to greet the other 8 that had paraded up from Caherslee before the finals, as was the huge crowd singing a rousing National Anthem … on such things are lifelong memories based.
A new winner will be engraved on the John Lynch Memorial Trophy with newcomers Ballincollig coming out ahead after a great final with Mungret of Limerick. The Shield saw Oranmore of Galway overcoming the famed Barrs from Cork and whilst there were 6 other finals the key point is that every child was a real winner today, aided by excellent refereeing and exemplary parent and mentor encouragement …..all take a well deserved bow! A huge thanks to each and every helper – ye have all been thanked individually but suffice it to say that without every single volunteer putting their shoulder to the wheel, the day would not have been the success it was.
To Naomh Molaise Gaels (Sligo,) Oranmore (Galway,) Naas(Kildare,) Kilmacud, Templeogue (Dublin,) Glanmire, St. Finbarrs, Ballincollig (Cork,) Doora Barefield (Clare,) Mungret (Limerick,) Kenmare, Laune Rangers, Legion, Churchill and Ardfert ….See ye all in 2020
Photographs by Adrienne Mc Loughlin