No shortage of games to go to this week-end lads with the 2015 Feile na nGael taking place all over Ulster! Great to see Warrenpoint, Newry, Carryduff, Bredagh, Ballycran, Ballygalget & Portaferry all getting involved and best of luck to all the teams!
It would be great to see some trophies coming this direction come Sunday afternoon!
the ulster GAA have not publicised this event very well and looks like some of the division gradings are very suspect
Not sure I would agree with that to be honest. The fact is, at this level of hurling, is VERY difficult to get the gradings always right. Have you any particular group (I suspect you do) in mind that you feel has incorrect teams assigned to it?
Not sure I would call the weekend disappointing Seanie as all the feedback I heard from clubs was that the kids had a great time. All the three Ards teams were in a Div too high at least given how young their panels were which didn't help. Shamrocks would have been hoping a few was ago for a good performance on the field but after losing Sean Campbell ( Down Feile Skills winner to injury) and then three lads to Gaeltacht we were narrowly pipped by Derrynoose who went on to win the shield in our division.
In saying that our kids had great time hosting Tullaroan with Tommy Walsh up on the Saturday evening along with the Liam Mc Carthy and Irish Press cup, fantastic weekend despite the on the field disappointments and I'm sure it was the same across Down.
I suppose it is disappointing to not see any Down clubs involved in in any of the finals at the 2015 Feile na nGael.
Having said that, the feedback received on social-media from these clubs is that it has been an unmitigated success in terms of kids playing games, making new friends, travelling to different venues and so on.. The Ulster Council are to be congratulated on the organisation of circa 500 matches over the 3 days - no small feat!
I must say that the mandatory substitution rules (each team MUST introduce 2 subs ten mins into the first half and a further 2 subs 5 minutes into the second half) is a fantastic idea and ensures that all the kids get game time.