U14 Annual Report 2008
Richard O' Leary, Terry Brady & Ted Mc Carthy.
Coaching began in Nemo Rangers Indoor Hall with a 6 week programme (February & March) and continued in Ballygarvan with a further 20 sessions. We played 7 league games, won 2, lost 5 and qualified for the League Semi Final on Wednesday 22 October with Shamrocks which we lost on a score line of 2-2 to 1-7. In the Championship we again lost to Shamrocks on 13 June.
We held 22 coaching sessions and played only 2 games as the team was heavily defeated by much more physically stronger teams in both games. It was felt that due to the number of younger players (U11/12) that we would drop out of the competition for fear of serious injury or players losing their interest to play. However, we continued to train and play small sided games in training that all players enjoyed immensely.
In total we had 48 coaching sessions and only 9 games as the majority of players were tied to games / training with the U12 team and the U16 team.
1994 (U 14) 6
1995 (U13) 3
1996 (U12) 4
1997 (U11) 3
The panel consisted of sixteen players for 2008. Attendance at games was good with between 13-16 players available for all games however attendance at training was poor, with a season average of four - five players per session. The support from U 12 players and their parents was poor as there was at least another seven U 12 players who could have played with the team in 2008. Great credit must be extended to our three U11 players who, without them, we wouldn't have been able to field teams during the year.
A notable point from the year was the number of recurring knee and leg injuries. This hampered our training and game performances. I would recommend that the players in question seek medical advice from our club doctor to help remedy the problems. I would also recommend that all under-age teams, especially between the ages of 6-10 years, follow the ABC GAA programme so that children develop the correct 'base' of movement skills and this will help reduce the risk of injury in later years.
The players’ behaviour was excellent throughout the year. As a management team we decided to be pro-active and encouraged positive behaviour from the outset. Team rules were followed and the panel was rewarded with a trip on 7 May to the Leisure Plex for bowling & quasar which everyone enjoyed immensely.
Congratulations to Dan Mc Carthy on winning the South East Féile Skills Competition and he went on to represent Carrigdhoun in the County Section.
Well done to Dan Mc Carthy, Shane Buckley and Ferghal Ahern on representing Carrigdhoun U14 Footballers who won their section of the U14 County Championship.
A sincere thank you must go to Terry Brady for his help with coaching and to Ted McCarthy for his help in organising games, jerseys, equipment and texts. Also thank you to Billy Dillon for his help during the indoor programme in Nemo, to Tom Ryan for his advice and support during the year, to Club Secretary Myles Barry for accommodating us with pitches for games and training and, finally, to Noreen Bowen for having the players decked out superbly for each game.
Richard O Leary
8 December 2008.