The four hurling teams provided us with powerful displays of the game at Chicago Gaelic Park on Sunday. The Harry Bolands and Cuchulainns teams were winners as they scored between them a total of 80 points against the Erins Own and Limerick teams.
John McBrides beat Wolfe Tones, 6-6 to 0-7, in a one-sided affair. The Tones scored only 2 points in the second half while the McBrides finished off with two goals to end with 6-6 to the Tones 0-7.
The Padraig Pearses Juniors won their first league game against the Parnells, 1-12 to 1-6.
The first hurling game was between Cuchulainns and Limerick. The Cuchulainns took an early lead scoring 1-1 before Limerick pointed. The game was fast and furious and gave some fine displays of hurling. They went to the break with Cuchulainns up 2-14 to 0-8. Limerick put in a tremendous effort to gain control in the second half only to be stopped by the on-target shooting of the Cuchulainns forwards. Final score was 4-24 to 1-11. Top scorers on the Cuchulainns side were Ollie O’Connor 2-10, and Eddie Brady 1-3 while for Limerick the scorers were D. Dooley 0-5 and Eddie Hanley 1-2.
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The Harry Bolands/Erins Own hurling game was dominated by the Harry Bolands sharp shooting of Liam Hogan, who scored a total of 1-13 (0-7 frees). Erins Own were unlucky in the opening minutes when McCannon and Healy put the sliotar in the back of the net and just prior to half-time Hogan scored his goal. Half time score was 3-11 to 0-6. McGrath opened scoring for Limerick but alas it was short lived when Ruth came back with a fine goal. Erins Own made some changes but their effort was too little too late. The Bolands finished with 6-26 to 3-15. Bolands: L. Hogan 1-13 and J. Healy 2-4. Erins Own: M. Garvey 1-2, McShane 1-2 and E. McKee and B. O’Hara 0-4 each. Guinness Player of the Day was Noel Larkin from the Harry Bolands for his excellent defensive work.
The final game of the day was between St. Brendans and Padraic Pearses. The Brendans opened the scoring with a Ger Walsh point followed by goal. Half-time score was 1-8 to 0-4 to the Brendans. In the second half play was more evenly distributed and the Pearses looked at times as if they would pull the game out of the fire. Final score St. Brendans 1-17, Padraic Pearses 0-10. St. Brendans: Reddy Coffey 1-4 and Ger Walsh 0-3. Padraic Pearses: Vinnie Cawley 0-4 and Daniel Kiernan 0-3.