Fun Day a Success
th June 2012
Na Gaeil’s ‘Club Fun Day’ took place on Sunday last. A fun filled programme of events was carefully planned for both young and old, which promised to keep all entertained for the afternoon.
Early arrivals were greeted with a passing shower but soon the fun began. The younger children were treated to an indoor puppet show with some adults also sitting in on the fun. Out of doors, Seán and his staff were busy on the barbeque filling the air with the mouth-watering smell of Terry’s burgers, which went down a treat for all. Denise Burns was busy organising sack races for the older children, one of many novelty events planned for the day. Irene Okumbor hopped her way to victory, beating off stiff opposition from the eagerly participating chasing pack. Seamus Looney took the honours in the lad’s event. The lads were also busy on the pitch with a point taking competition, which was won by Adam Bourke in a closely contested event. Helen Sugrue was busy at work, face painting when the sky opened and the downpour forced all to pack up and take refuge in the hall. D.J. for the afternoon, Rory Sugrue, did a splendid job providing outdoor background music and now entertained the young ones with a children’s disco, who didn’t need the sunshine to enjoy the day. Soon the rain lightened and the most eagerly awaited event was underway.
The mentors, trainers and past players were all eager to show that their football talent and ability was still as good as ever. Team captain, Mark Bourke and his squad took on Tim Lynch’s team in a closely contested match under the watchful eye of referee, Mike Burns. Underage players looked on to see if the auld lads could practice what they preached. The tempo was high from the off, with all getting involved in the thick of the action, which saw play move quickly from end to end. All proved that they still had some of that ability that they had learned many years ago. Man of the match proved to be Denis Sugrue, who showed great goal keeping skills, denying Mark Bourke a certain goal in the second half with a full length diving save. Mark did go on to goal later in the half and lead his team to victory by a single point. A ‘puck fada’ was also featured on the day, hosted by Tim Kelliher, with Darren Burns winning the senior lads’ competition and Matthew Bourke winning the junior lads’ title.
Though the rain curtailed many intended events spirits of those who attended and competed were not dampened and a great day was had by all. Photographs of the day are available on the website. Many thanks to the sponsors, Terry’s butchers, Spar Oakpark and Honeyberry’s sports, our organisers and helpers on the day, Denise Burns, Siobhan Barrett, Tim Lynch, Philip Dewey, Helen Sugrue, Rory Sugrue, Denis Moriarty, Seán and staff and to all who attended.
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