'Nure hurlers Gon' with win
Title is Evan-sent as skipper inspires victory over 'Zaga in hosts' backyard
Terenure College 2-10 Gonzaga College SJ 2-3
Terenure College captured the inaugural first year hurling blitz in Gonzaga's sports grounds last Friday after a powerful display saw them defeat the hosts in a decider between two schools more renowned for their rugby heritage.
Both teams contained some highly talented players and there was a sense of expectation in the air as it was expected to be a titanic tussle between the two.
However, it all went right for Terenure in the final as they put together some fine moves. Team manager and Wexford inter-county footballer Philip Wallace must have been impressed by what he witnessed from his young charges.
It was Gonzaga who settled the better in the opening stages. Kilmacud Crokes boy Peter Herlihy found the back of the net minutes after the ball was thrown in.
However, it was to be the only time his side led in the game as Terenure took control. Michael Haddock opened their account with a fine point. Then Rory Murray raised the game's second green flag after some excellent work by Paul Tonge.
However, it was to be centre forward Evan McDonald who was to prove to be the star of the show. He helped himself to a brace of points to push Terenure further in front.
There was a chance for Gonzaga to get back on terms but Conor Gowing saw his rasping shot brilliantly kept out by Terenure net minder Eoin Nagle.
McDonald then scored three further points to give his team a commanding lead but he wasn't finished there. The clever number 11 then displayed his eye for a pass when he picked out Brian Bobbett, who duly obliged with a fine low finish to the back of the net.
Gonzaga could have been forgiven for allowing their heads to drop, but to their credit they continued to battle bravely. Eventually they got their just rewards when Herlihy scored his second goal to breathe new life into his team's challenge.
JJ O'Shea followed this up almost immediately with another long range point to leave just four between the teams.
But there was to be time for more McDonald magic before the break as he got another score along with an excellent point off the stick of Daire Kerr to leave the half-time score reading 2-8 to 2-2 in favour of Terenure.
The second half was always going to struggle to match the free-flowing hurling of the first, such was the heat and the fact it was the players' second game of the day.
However, they still managed some terrific hurling and some of the defending from both teams was simply superb.
Herlihy brought his personal tally to 2-2 with a huge point from out on the left wing. But McDonald and Tonge, who worked tirelessly all afternoon sewed up the win with two late points to bring the curtain down on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of hurling.
Tournament organiser Tom Barry presented the trophy to team captain McDonald and took the opportunity to thank all the schools for taking part and described the competition as a great success.
Scorers -- Terenure College: E McDonald 0-7 (2f), B Bobbett, R Murray 1-0 each, P Tonge, M Haddock, D Kerr 0-1 each Gonzaga College SJ: P Herlihy 2-2, JJ O'Shea 0-1.
Terenure College: A Holmes, A Griffin, B Bobbett, C Seery, D Kerr, D Marshall, D Dempsey, E Nagle, E McDonald, G Crowley, J Teahan Burke, J Gantley, M Caffrey, M Haddock, N Sudway, O Shortt, O Wigglesworth, P Tonge, R Murray, T Gleeson, J McCabe, G O'Reilly, J Gantley, L O'Dea.
Gonzaga College SJ: S Crowe, H Barry, S Crossan, J Daly-Devereux, C Fitzmaurice, R Geraghty, C Gowing, P Herlihy, E Kane, C Maguire, H McVeigh, D Meenan, C Murray, J O'Connor, JJ O'Shea, P Traynor, K White.
Referee: J Turner (Thomas Davis).