This weekend saw the start of something new in Kilmeena GAA as we got our Social Rounders off to a flying start.
Most people would know Rounders as a fun bat and ball game we played at school. But, it's actually a long-standing GAA sport, and, as we found out this weekend, it's about more than just whacking the ball and hoping for the best!!
The Rounders Development Officer, Elaine Sheehy, travelled up from Cork to take us through our paces and bring us up to speed with all the tactics and skills that we will need to get our teams up and running.
After a few expressions of interest over the summer, Club Chairman, John McDonald, was very keen to get this off the ground. In true Kilmeena style, it wasn't long before we had a willing gang of Club members happy to get involved.
Club Officers Julie Moore and Eimear O'Connell got to work, and it was fantastic to bring everyone together on a Sunny Sunday to get things started. The aim was for this event to be a social gathering bringing club members together under a slightly different banner. Judging by the banter and laughter on Sunday, we definitely achieved this.
Sessions will be weekly, and having fun remains our top priority, but participating in a Junior Blitz in September is now on everyone's radar. We have a lot to learn, but bring it on. Who knows where this could lead us!
From left: Elaine Sheehy, National Rounders Development Officer; Julie Moore, Rounders Club Chairperson; John McDonald, Club Chairman and Eimear O'Connell, Rounders Club Secretary.
"First" Rounders Club members.
Elaine introduces the fundamentals of the game...