The annual Paddy Golden Memorial Blitz took place in St Brendan's Sports Park today, Saturday 14 June.
28 teams competed in A, B and C grade competitions for both Under 10 boys and girls.
A marvellous atmosphere was generated by the kids taking part and by the many spectators in attendance. It was a warm day, lovely conditions for football and the pitch was in excellent condition.
The boy’s teams competed in A, B and C competitions, each consisting of two groups and each group very competitive.
In the A grade competition, Breaffy were winners of group 1 and faced the winners of group 2, Westport, in the A Final. A very exciting A final saw Breaffy emerge victorious on a score line of 3-05 to 2-02.
Westport were to prove more successful in the B Final where they faced Castlebar. Another very competitive game saw Westport secure the B final on a score line of 3-03 to 0-04.
In the C competition, Balla emerged from Group 1 and faced Islandeady, the winners of group 2. Islandeady went on to secure the C Final title with a score of 3-02 to Balla's 1-05.
The spectators present were witness to some high standard football from all the teams that took part but the finals were especially exciting and enthralling affairs.
Of the Kilmeena teams which took part; in the A grade competition Kilmeena finished second in their group, narrowly missing out on the final. Kilmeena reached the C grade semi-final and the concession of a last minute score cost them a place in the C final.
For the girls, teams from Westport, Achill, Louisburgh, Burrishoole and Kilmeena took part in the blitz. Burrishoole went on to win the girls final with victory over Achill.
This year’s Blitz was probably the best yet and seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by all who attended and competed. As ever, these events are only successful because of the effort and hard work from all those who gave their time. Many thanks to all who helped set up the pitches, assisted with car-parking, catered the event, made sandwiches, kept scores and refereed. Thanks also to the Golden family for their representation at today’s event.
On behalf of Kilmeena GAA, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped make this event a success.
Breaffy, winners of the "A" final
Westport, "B" final winners
Islandeady, group "C" winners
Burrishoole, winners of the Ladies final
Margaret Golden, presents the "Paddy Golden Trophy" to the Captain of the Breaffy Team
Hugh Golden, presents the Shield to the Captain of the Islandeady team
Pauline Golden, presents the Shield to the Burrishoole Ladies Captain
The Golden Family, tournament sponsors.
L - R: Hugh, Pauline, Margaret; wife of the late Paddy Golden, Mary and Padraic.
More images courtesy of Bernie Smyth