This week, the annual Anthony Baggott Cup hurling tournament took place in Herbertstown. Thankfully, the fine spell of weather lasted long enough to give us a beautiful summer’s day which added to the occasion for both spectators and players alike.
The traditional quartet of schools were in action, Hospital NS, Herbertstown NS, Caherline NS and the holders Knockainey NS. As the round robin series of games were being played by the schools, it became apparent that the four schools were very evenly matched and some excellent hurling was on display.
The traditional junior & senior infant game also took place where the stars of the future got a chance to showcase their talents.
Following respective wins over Knockainey NS and Caherline NS, Herbertstown NS and Hospital NS met in the final. Kathleen Fitzgerald of the Liam Lynch Pipe Band led the parade around the field before the final and also performed Amhrán na bhFiann.
The first half of the final was closely contested with Herbertstown holding a 2 point lead at the break. Goals were to prove crucial in the second half as Herbertstown stretched ahead and held out for a memorable win. It must be said that Hospital NS were very impressive throughout the day and did their school proud.
Well done to our team and thank you to all who supported the tournament, especially Hospital/Herbertstown Bord na n-Óg and all the parents who donated food and refreshments for the players and supporters.