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Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club 2011

Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club 2011

Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club has long been the nursery for players who have gone on to play at adult level for Borris-Ileigh and for Tipperary. The natural talent and skills of our native games displayed by young players down through the years in the playing fields and gardens around the parish have been further honed and improved on joining the juvenile club.

Over the last few years a massive effort has been made to provide training for all age groups. This has led to the position where the club now has coaches organising training and skills games for children at U6, U8 and U10 level in addition to the traditional U12s, U14s and U16s. The Park on a week night during the Summer months is a sight to behold with the huge numbers of children from U6 to U16 training and pucking around all with the hope and ambition that they may become the next generation to represent Borris-Ileigh and maybe Tipperary.

This training and games don't just happen by chance. Hours spent running the affairs of the club, managing and coaching teams, attending training and matches have been provided by very dedicated volunteers of the parish to ensure that Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club maintains the high standards and proud reputation attained down through the years. A lot of this work goes unnoticed as few people maybe unaware of the additional attendance by many people at Club committee meetings, North and County Board meetings, Coaching and First Aid Courses. This is also true of the parents who have spent countless hours down through the years providing transport to matches and supporting all of our teams at home and away. Parents also have been very generous both in contributing to and volunteering their services to help out with the many fundraising events organised on behalf of the Juvenile Club. The assistance and knowledge of the teachers and staff of the local primary and secondary schools has also been immense down through the years. The backing of the officers and committee of Borris-Ileigh Senior GAA Club must also be acknowledged. We are also lucky in the parish to have a vibrant and generous business community who are always willing to provide sponsorship and support to juvenile club events. It is an amalgamation of all of these positive contributions from our community that allows Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club to continue and flourish as a vital cog in the development of all of our young people in our Parish and such continued support in the future will be vital to maintain such progress.

No reprise of the Juvenile Club would be complete without mentioning the contributions of two former stalwarts of the club, Mick Prior and Peadar Cummins. Their influence to this day on all of our players and coaches over the years (many of whom only know these two men by virtue of the stories told) can never be underestimated or forgotten. The two annual hurling tournaments hosted by the club, the U10 Mick Prior Cup (inter club tournament) and the U14 Peadar Cummins Cup (inter divisional tournament) are very important dates in our calender and are a testament to their influence on the Juvenile Club.

In the last few years the club has participated in and been successful in a number of North and County finals. Our two most recent county champions are our U16 hurlers in 2008 (who also won the North Football title that year) and our U14 hurlers in 2010. In recent years a number of our young players have represented the club at divisional and county level. We have also taken part in many club tournaments and have often brought home the silverware. In 2011 we entered teams in all competitions in both hurling and football at all age groups and reached a number of semi-final and finals. While victory may not always have come our way the displays and behaviour of our young players have always been of the highest calibre.

Success is often measured in the number of cups won and we all rejoice when we do win and suffer disappointment when we do not. However, the main success in our club has been to improve and nurture young players of all ages and ability to ensure that the love of the game instilled in them from a young age stays with them right through to adult life. Further proof of this success is the number of former juvenile players who are now involved in coaching and managing many of our teams and long may this continue.

The Juvenile Club is always looking for people to become involved in all aspects of the club from administration and coaching to fundraising or helping out in any way that might be beneficial. New faces often bring in fresh ideas which can bring further improvement to the Clubs activities. Any of the Club’s officers can be contacted if you are interested. In addition the Club’s AGM will take place towards the end of January 2012 and details will be in the local papers and on the Borrisoleigh website. All are very welcome to attend. Club Officers 2011, Chairman Michael Carey, Secretary P.J. Ryan, Treasurer T.J. Ryan, Vice Chairman Francis Doolan, P.R.O. Ruairi O’Connell