The second of our exhibition matches took place in front of the Connacht Semi Final crowd in Elverys McHale Park.
The football teams of Mayo and Roscommon contested the senior match, which was preceded by the Cumann na mBunscol Exhibition Game.
Players began to gather from 1:30pm before being presented with their full Mayo kit and taking their seats in the stand where they enjoyed the second half of the Connacht Intermediate Hurling Final, which was also contested by Mayo and Roscommon.
Following the launch of the Póc Fada competition, the Cumann na mBunscol exhibition commenced. The children had 20 minutes to display their skills in front of the gathering crowd. What followed was a fantastic display of shooting, passing, blocking, tackling, and all in the spirit of the “Give Respect, Get Respect” initiative. Both the boys’ and girls’ games were officiated by our Young Whistlers from Craggagh National School.
The children then formed the traditional Guard of Honour to welcome the competing teams of Mayo and Roscommon onto the field of play.
As always, this was a fantastic experience for the children. We in Cumann na mBunscol are very grateful to Connacht GAA, especially Adrian Hassett for making this occasion possible. Also, the Mayo County Board, in particular PRO Aiden McLoughlin, for providing the playing gear for the children.
A very special thank you to Mayo Games Manager, Billy McNicholas who is always on hand to help us get set up on these days.
There is just one exhibition game left for us this year, the Connacht Final, which will feature children from all 5 Connacht counties.
The venue is yet to be confirmed, but will take place on Sunday, July 21st.
Caitriona Mallon, Ballyvary Central School
Michaela McEntire St Attractas’s N.S. Charlestown
Taylor Keady St. Patrick’s NS, Kilmaine
Kate Leneghan Geesala NS, Geesala, Ballina
Joanie Brady Scoil Phadraig, Westport
Lisa Davitt Ballyvary Central School
Niamh Foody Logboy NS,
Lauren Smyth Currabaggan NS, Knockmore
Alannah Flynn Currabaggan NS, Knockmore
Saoirse Melvin Irishtown NS , Irishtown
Lorcan Conroy & Katie McNicholas both Craggagh NS, Kiltimagh
Killian Chambers Holy Family NS, Newport
Paraic McDonagh Geesala NS
Shane Morrisroe Carracastle NS
Riain O’ Connor Balla NS
Seán Tiernan, SN Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
Mairtín Carr, SN Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
Matthew Fox Ballintubber NS
Josh Carney Derrinabroc NS
P.J. Gilmartin Breaffy NS, Ballina
Brian Timoney Breaffy NS, Ballina