Thomas McCurtains’ annual fun day is a hit as senior sides triumph on home turf
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 July 2016
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Thomas McCurtains’ annual fun day proved to be a success as entertainment, both on and off the pitch, was enjoyed by all at the Goodmayes Hospital Sports Ground.
The day’s action began with an underage gaelic football blitz event that saw 30 teams from 12 clubs compete, with entrants coming from as far afield as St Joseph’s of Hertfordshire and Warwickshire’s Sean McDermott’s.
The under-six category was won by McCurtains, North London Shamrocks were victorious at under-eight level, Tir Chonaill Gaels took home the under-10 trophy, while the hosts were also triumphant in the under-12 competition.
Also on the day was an under-14 challenge game between the Goodmayes club and St Kiernan’s, while there was a mixed age hurling challenge match against Kilburn Gaels.
The action continued in the afternoon with senior matches as McCurtains’ men’s hurlers beat St Declan’s 3-14 to 2-11 in their Intermediate Championship clash.
McCurtains’ men’s footballers played out a draw with Tir Chonaill Gaels in the Junior Championship as both teams finished on a score of 1-10 in what was Barry McHugh’s last game for the club before moving to Dubai.
McHugh worked well on the inside forward line, with his efforts supplemented by solid displays from Mark Gilsenan and James Searson.
The women’s footballers were also victorious on the fun day as they downed Kingdom Kerry Gaels by 1-11 to 2-6 in their Senior League fixture.
Orla Dennehy came off the bench to score for the hosts at the end of the first half, and McCurtains held on to win despite a strong fightback from Gaels in what was the final game for the Goodmayes club for several players.
The camogie team, who have been in imperious form this year, played one another in a challenge match on the day.
Another busy week follows for the McCurtains teams, with the camogie squad in action on Thursday at Dulwich Sports Ground as they battle Brothers Pearse for the Junior Championship title at 7.30pm.
On Sunday, the men’s hurlers entertain Granuaile in the next round of the Intermediate Championship at 1.30pm, while the men’s footballers are in league action against Eire Og at Downhills Park next Tuesday with a 7.15pm start.
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