The weather gods aligned to bring a glorious sunny day for our inaugural Donal Walsh Livelife Memorial tournament held today in Healy Park and Strand Road.
Participation and enjoyment were the key elements of Donal’s message to the youth of this country and to live your life to the full – we had it all today as seven teams took part in a 9 a side, super touch style competition which all got under way this morning at 10.00 am.
By early afternoon, the action was reduced to four teams as Ballymac and St Pats battled it out initially in the shield competition with the physically stronger boys from Ballymac taking the honours against a gallant St Pats side.
The main competition featured ourselves and old rivals Austin Stacks and it was perhaps befitting that after a great tussle we emerged victorious on a final score line of 0-08 to 0-05. There was little to choose between the sides in the first half but having an interval lead of 0-03 to 0-01 having faced the slight breeze made us favourites for the cup – the Rock had other ideas and after 5 minutes of the 2nd half we were all square at 0-04 apiece; it was then that we upped the ante and scored four unanswered points to see out the game.
Fionbarr Walsh presented wining captain TJ Heaphy with the magnificent cup with Jack Savage taking the Man of the Match award and Danny Hennessy being awarded the Player of the Tournament.
The annals will recall in time that we were the first winners of this tournament but the real winners were those lucky enough to participate in this event which remembers a favourite son of Strand Road.