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  9 A-Side Schools Hurling Champions 1992

 

 

 

The year of ‘92 was a year to remember and one that Peterswell would cherish for many years to come. A success in the schools hurling championship had eluded us for Twenty-Five years and little did we realise that this was the year it was all about to change.

Drawn in Group Three of the 9 a-side championship, we had to overcome near neighbours Lough Cutra and Northampton of Kinvara. Both games proved tough encounters especially a bruising battle with Northampton. Northampton on that evening enjoyed home advantage in an ever cold and wind swept Kinvara.  Peterswell proved victorious on both occasions, which guaranteed a place in the last eight of the Championship. Then the serious work began with training been carried out on school grounds and also in the Cooley hall outside of school hours.

In the Quarterfinal we faced an unknown quantity in Castleblakeney where we faced stiff opposition. While Castleblakeney may have had the crowd that evening we certainly replied to them on the score board running out convincing winners 7 –8 to 2-4. 

In the semi-final we met Kilglass, a side that were well fancied to go all the way in the championship. A very tight game ensued with Peterswell winning by the skin of our teeth on the evening. It was only in the dying moments that we scored a goal to settle the decider resulting in a thrilling finish to an epic encounter. The score line finished Peterswell 3-4, Kilglass 3-3. 

The day of the final soon came about and the stage was set for an enthralling game in Kenny Park, Athenry.  It was Aglish an east Galway side that we faced in the final.  Conditions for the game were perfect and the team were in high spirits for the match. Peterswell emerged triumphant on the day and while the game was intensive our class shone through which led to a comfortable win for us. We beat Aglish 6-7 to 1-7 with our forwards in fine scoring form while our defence stood firm at the back. There were many heroes that day and in all the games preceding the final but it was the team effort with a never-say-die attitude especially in the semi final that brought glory to our parish that year.  

Bonfires greeted the cavalcade of cars returning from the final and a great night of celebration was to follow that evening.  Special thanks must go to Donnie Lynskey for his efforts and also to our teacher Mr. Tom McGarry for his commitment to the team. Pat Kilkenny and Colm Burke must also be credited for their contribution to the success.
The Team that lined out for the final: Adrian Burke, Desmond Glynn, Ronan Kilkenny, Mark Quinn, Colin Burke, Peter Howley, Colin Lynskey, Brian Farrell, Luke Mc Mullan.
Subs: Sean Burke, Damien O’Leary, Michael Holland, Michael Farrell, Tristan Crosbie and Daragh Lahiff.

Report by: Adrian Burke.