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By Donal Cooney

It was Saturday 14th June 2003 – the day of the Roinn 2 Dawn Dairies 7 a-side schools hurling final.  For some of us this was our third final in a row and we’d been devastated to be beaten, on both previous occasions.  This year we were determined and we  worked very hard.  We beat Ballinakill and Castlegar early in the year and then had a long break before we met Kilrickle, Bullaun and Derryoober and were victorious in all these games – we were feeling very good about that but our mentors Mrs. Forde, Peter Caulfield and Sean Regan warned us about getting too cocky!!  We beat Derryoober in the semi-final and were now set to meet Ballinakill in the final.

It was a lovely sunny day and we were all nervous but anxious to get going – Ballinakill had the first attack but the ball went wide – our first score came from a free and James Regan scored a point followed by a goal from Tony Keely and soon after another goal, a point from James Regan.  Ballinakill kept up the attack but only managed to score a point in the first half.  The score at the end of the 1st half was Peterswell 3-3, Ballinakill 0-1.

The heat was hard on us all during the second half but everyone did their best.  We scored another goal and 2 points; Ballinakill scored 2 goals and a point to leave a final score of 4-5 to 2-2.

By the end of the game all our subs had played for sometime and there were great celebrations when the final whistle was blown.

As captain I accepted the cup and made a speech to thank everyone.We completed a lap of honour and drove around the parish and ended up in O’Grady’s for a victory meal.  It was a great day for all the team and our families and for our school and a day that we will always remember.