At the beginning of 2016 the club seemed under real pressure to survive the year. Ten players from the previous year had left the club, couldn’t play due to work and family commitments or picked up long term injury. Training started off very poorly with an average attendance of 6 hurlers and 6 or 7 footballers for the first two months. We failed to win any of our first four matches, losing one, drawing two and conceding a walkover in the other. At this stage survival was our main aim over the summer months.
Summer came and a sudden influx of new players and old players returning, this really boosted the mood in the camp. Training numbers began to pick up as we entered championship.
We remained unbeaten throughout the championship and toppled huge favourites Brothers Pearse in a thrilling final.
We went on to make the All-Britain final where we faced Fullen Gaels of Manchester for the second consecutive year. Unfortunately, we were beaten by a single point again. A final I feel we left behind us. Later in the year we made two further finals. The McCollugh Cup final, where we gave a brave performance but were defeated by Thomas McCurtain’s by 7. The 2015 and 2016 League finals are yet to be played and we are awaiting CCC rulings on whether they will be or not.
The management and players must be commended on the wonderful effort they gave the club this year. The team gained a remarkable spirit and a ‘never say die’ attitude that will be needed in senior hurling next year. Thank you to all our supporters who were incredible all year. Well done everyone.