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Annual U-10 Paddy Golden Memorial Blitz.

The Annual Kilmeena GAA Club Under-10 Paddy Golden Memorial Blitz was held on Saturday the 22nd June 2019.

The freshly painted grounds and manicured pitches looked immaculate as the Sun shone down on the large crowd of players, supporters and volunteers who participated in this festival of football for all the GAA clubs in West Mayo.

Thirty six teams with approximately 400 boys and girls took part.

Six teams took part in the A competition with Ballintubber and Parke topping the initial round in their respective groups. Closely fought Semi Finals saw 13 goals and 18 points scored between Ballintubber v Balla, and Castlebar v Parke. Castlebar and Ballintubber qualified for the A Final. The A Final was a repeat of the opening game in Group 1 but this time the result was reversed with Castlebar emerging victorious on a score line of 5-05 to 1-07.

12 teams contested the B section which was divided into 3 equal groups of 4 teams. After the initial rounds Kilmeena, Ballintubber and Tourmakeady topped their respective groups. Due to scoring aggregate Ballintubber got a bye to the final. Kilmeena and Tourmakeady battled out a defensively strong, low scoring game which Tourmakeady won by 2-02 to 1-02. The B final again, was a close game with Tourmakeady getting the better of Ballintubber by 2-02 to 0-03.

Section C was made up of 8 teams with 2 groups of 4. Ballintubber and Burrishoole contested the C final. This again was a tight competitive game with Burrishoole winning by 2-02 to 4-06.

As the number of girls playing football continues to grow in the West Mayo clubs we had a record number of teams register this year. The girls competition was divided into an A and B section both consisting of 2 groups of 5 teams. Westport and Islandeady qualified for the A final with Westport winning by 3-05 to 1-01. Kilmeena and Tourmakeady qualified for the B final. This was close game with the host Club outscoring Tourmakeady by 3-04 to 2-04.

Over 50 games were played with presentations completed before 3:00pm. Well done to all the boys and girls that participated in the Blitz and congratulations to the winning teams. Prior to the final presentation our club Chairman, Mr Willie Keaveney held a very respectable minutes silence as a mark or respect to our former Clubman Mick Burke who sadly passed away last Thursday the 20th June. May Micks gentle soul Rest in Peace.

Kilmeena GAA club would like to acknowledge the Golden family, Carrowholly, for their continued sponsorship of this event.

A huge community effort is put in to making the U-10 Paddy Golden Memorial Blitz successful. It takes a massive effort to plan and run this event. To all the club volunteers (Parking Stewarts, Referees, Umpires, Pitch Coordinators, First Aiders, Photographers, Score takers, MC’s, Shop assistants, Kitchen helpers, those who brought food.) a BIG THANK YOU.

Hugh Golden presenting the Cup to the Captain of the Castlebar team.

Hugh Golden presenting the Cup to the Castlebar team Captain.

Castlebar winners of the Boys A section.

Padraic Golden presenting the Sheild to the Captain of the Tourmakeady Team.

Tourmakeady winners of the Boys B section.

Mary Golden presenting the Sheild to the captain of the Burrishoole Team.

Burrishoole winners of the Boys C section.

The A Sheild being presented to the captain of the Westport Team

Westport winners of the Girls A section.

Siobhan Golden presenting the Sheild to the joint captain's of the Kilmeena Team.

Kilmeena winners of the Girls B section.

Click HERE for images from the day.

The images attributed to the above link were taken randomly, and in no particular order, during the various matches on the day. It is up to the viewer to scroll through the tranche of images to find the photos that apply to you.

View Colm Barrett's two albums of images of the day here and here.

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